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Galileo-based solutions for urban freight transport

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - GALENA (Galileo-based solutions for urban freight transport)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2017-03-31

Urban Freight Transport action relates to find solutions to better manage and monitor freight transport flows and ensure efficient last-mile delivery, while maximizing the economic efficiency of urban distribution, and minimizing the environmental and social impacts. GALENA develops the hardware equipment as well as the information system and the supervision platform needed for the cross supply chain orchestration of a community of shippers involved in urban freight pooling particularly for the last-mile delivery. GALENA relies on the development of a robust and GNSS-based liability binding application, enabling the different carrier operators to join a Mutualized Transportation Community to timestamp, geo-locate and formalize (as a real authentication) their trip as well as any events occurring during the shipping. An innovative, accurate and affordable hybrid system (Galileo/RTLS) will be developed for this purpose ensuring a seamless, robust and continuous handover indoor/outdoor localization and continuous, real-time, reliable, accurate and available Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) of carriers and high value parcels. An already existing logistics information systems will be adapted to exchange and store shipment authenticated data between all stakeholders, ensuring the traceability of goods, management of status changes while drawing up an objective review of the sharing of added value between the various stakeholders of a shared supply chain. A web service application will be set up for continuously supervising transactions and support to the orchestration decision making process. A truly interdisciplinary collaboration between GNSS, wireless sensors, logistics information systems, urban logistics and freight transport experts is set up to meet the objectives.
The GALENA project is divided in 9 work packages.
• WP1 for the project management,
• WP2 for the users requirements definition,
• WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7 for the technical development and integration of the solution,
• WP8 for demonstration activities,
• WP9 for dissemination and exploitation,
• WP10 for ethics issues.
The first impact of the project is that the activities should aim at developing highly innovative and adaptive applications taking advantage of the Galileo and EGNOS.
The HELILEO Company has developed during the first period a prototype board which embeds a GALILEO ready receiver. The GNSS receiver already embeds the EGNOS capability in order to improve the availability, accuracy and reliability. This electronic board will integrate the interfaces with indoor locations systems in order to offer indoor and outdoor positioning in the same system. Additionally, the project will develop software library for Android in order to communicate with GALILEO ready chipsets.
The second impact is that the proposal should be led by an SME and should have a clear intention to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.
This project is led by an SME: HELILEO. The project partners have the firm goal to end with a business plan to implement the GALENA solution in practise and to generate a joint business. This part is recognized as the most challenging part in a project like GALENA with several partners.
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