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Low-Emission Adaptive last mile logistics supporting 'on Demand economy' through digital twins

Project description

Making digital cities a reality

Sprawling cities need smart urban logistics to become more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. It is important for today’s tech-savvy city planners to generate simulations that can help guide their future plans. This is why it is necessary for them to make maximum use of the latest computer-aided design (CAD) technology. The EU-funded LEAD project is designing digital twins of urban logistics to support experimentation and decision making in public–private urban settings. Specifically, the project’s long-term goal is to develop an open physical internet-inspired framework for smart city logistics. Headed by a large consortium, the project will test its solutions in six cities: Madrid, The Hague, Budapest, Lyon, Oslo and Porto.


LEAD will create Digital Twins of urban logistics networks in six cities, to support experimentation and decision making with on-demand logistics operations in a public-private urban setting. Innovative solutions for city logistics will be represented by a set of value case scenarios, that address the requirements of the on-demand economy while aligning competing interests and creating value for all different stakeholders. Each value case will combine a number of measures (LEAD Strategies):
a) innovative business models,
b) agile urban freight storage and last-mile distribution schemes,
c) low emission, automated, electric or hybrid delivery vehicles, and
d) smart logistics solutions.
Scenarios will incorporate opportunities for shared, connected and low-emission logistics operations by considering four innovation drivers: Sustainability - Zero Emission Logistics, the Sharing Economy, Technology Advancements and the emerging Physical Internet (PI) paradigm.
Cost, environmental and operational efficiencies for value cases will be measured in 6 Living Labs (Madrid, The Hague, Budapest, Lyon, Oslo, Porto). Evidence-proven value cases and associated logistics solutions will be delivered in the form of exploitable Digital Twins (TRL-7), incorporating the models that support adaptation to different contexts and that provide incentives for PPPs. The long-term vision of LEAD is to design an Open PI-inspired framework for Smart City Logistics that incorporates the Digital Twins created in the project, thus setting the foundations for the development of large-scale city Digital Twins.
The LEAD consortium comprises 22 partners, all of whom are involved in the Living Labs, supported by 5 international partners for knowledge transfer. This incentivises the co-creation of solutions by city authorities, logistics industry leaders, start-ups and research experts in freight modelling, complex simulation and logistics optimisation.

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Net EU contribution
€ 432 500,00
28007 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 459 125,00

Participants (30)