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Smart Network Operator Platform enabling Shared, Integrated and more Sustainable Urban Freight Logistics

Project description

Four governance schemes for urban planning policies

In order to manage urban planning policies in an optimal way, the EU-funded SENATOR project aims to produce governance schemes on user demand planning, transport planning, freight and logistics planning and city infrastructure. Within this scope, the project will create a multi-collaborative framework that will bring together stakeholders in urban freight logistics. A 'control tower' will help plan the operations and ease the relationships between urban planners and urban freight logistics players. Eventually, the project will create a new urban logistic model focussed on the four urban layers (end-receiver, transport, logistics and infrastructure) and enhance citizen engagement in urban planning policies.


The main objective of SENATOR project is to provide 4 governance schemes for urban planning policies: User demand planning, Transport planning, Freight & Logistics planning and City infrastructure focused, bringing together relevant stakeholders in urban freight logistics within one multi-collaborative framework based on a new urban logistics model to attend the requirements of the 'on demand economy'. As a result, urban governability will be enhanced considering i) citizen empowerment; ii) integration of new sustainable transport modes; iii) efficient logistics through digitalisation and; iv) urban space management. This urban logistics model demands another role under new planning processes. SENATOR proposes a smart network operator, as integrator, based on a multi-level system model, which enables load pooling and offers a better decision-making and real time control process.

SENATOR will deliver an innovative “control tower” approach, allowing dynamic planning and ensuring operative optimisation through a fluent relationship between urban planners, urban freight logistics players and citizen engagement. This will be actuated in a platform which balances demand of freight & delivery services with available vehicle load for on-demand city needs. The main concept behind the project idea is to create a new urban logistic model focused on the four urban layers (end-receiver, transport, logistics and infrastructure). This will provide integrated models for urban planning policies. This urban logistics model creates a new role, the smart network operator that boost collaboration among all freight urban logistic agents. Based on a multi-level system model for urban space management promoting sustainability and shared-connected freight and delivery services in cities, SENATOR will optimise the satisfaction of all stakeholders’ needs through empowering their decision-making capacity & prioritising urban mobility by an integrated approach.

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Net EU contribution
€ 537 437,50
Calle conde de penalver, 19
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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