This project will address the problem, within the freight management industry, of the efficient and flexible integration of multimodal transport chains. This project will be focused on the difficulties of providing information through the transport chain to enable the efficient implementation of logistic systems supporting the movement of goods through the chain. The project will demonstrate that intermodal transport can be managed more effectively, is more attractive and can be focused on more environmentally benign and sustainable modes if systems are in place which enable smooth transfer of information between the parties involved. The project is concerned with the management of information within the transport chain so that effective decisions can be taken concerning the management of that chain. In particular we are addressing the problem of information provision to the users of the chains in the sense of the people sending freight (the "suppliers"), the companies moving those goods (the shipping companies, ports, railways, ...) and the receivers of the goods. In essence the current "flow" of consignments through the intermodal transport chain is effectively only a sequence of stages, and at each of this stage the cargo is halted while it is re-marshalled, re-loaded, and allocated "new" control references in new systems.
PISCES will enable a transport chain to be scheduled and managed as a single process, over a range of modes and with different providers, without the need for all the participants to adopt the same information system or even the same information standards. The project will concern itself most directly with intermodal chains between ports and other modes of transport (demonstrations being geographically restricted to target transport chains in the Ireland-UK-Netherlands corridor). The PISCES project is based on a neutral or negative impact strategy for all participants; namely it should not impose a significant extra burden on existing IT setups, it should not require publicizing confidential information, and it should not have rise to extra operations. To this end the project will access only information which is already available in (perhaps) another environment in another format and processing it anonymously and confidentially into a format which is usable by the other partners in the chain. It is likely that the approach would become the de facto standard for information management of intermodal transport.
Ireland-UK-Netherlands corridor including Rotterdam (NL) and Watterford (IE) terminals
Task Force "Transport Intermodality". Projects IQ, INCOMAAS, CESAR and WELCOME.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
L3 3AF Liverpool
3016 CK Rotterdam