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SYNCHRO-NET Report Summary

Project ID: 636354
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SYNCHRO-NET (Synchro-modal Supply Chain Eco-Net)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

SYNCHRO-NET will address the full integration in the door-to-door intermodal supply chain that has not yet been reached, and will have a significant impact on higher port efficiency required as well as good hinterland accessibility.
SYNCHRO-NET will incorporate new, data models and algorithms that can cope with the challenging requirements of synchro-modal supply chains

The most important benefits:
• 20-25% reduction in fuel costs & emissions for ships
• 25-30% increase in modal shift to rail, with resulting 12-15% reduction in truck kms
• 5-10% reduction in finished goods inventory holdings for importers and manufacturers
• 12-20% overall reduction in hinterland transport costs

A major objective will be incorporating: Real-time Synchro-modal Logistics Optimisation module, Smart Steaming Ship simulation & control systems, Synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis statistical modelling, Dynamic Stakeholder Impact Assessment solution, a synchro-operability communications, governance architecture & collaborative business models

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1:The EC has approved the first four deliverables. The work done has taken into account the regulations and policies, and are being reviewed in the D1.1. The stakeholders requirements findings show that reliability an important factor in meeting the logistics needs of their organisations. Meeting customer demands and consistent transit times’ are seen as highly relevant.A first business model has been made, provides analysis of business model canvas, examples of cooperative business models and the SYNCHRO-NET business model itself. By last the engagement with WP leaders for WP2-5 to understand perspectives, requirements and views and integrate them in the formulation of the SYNCHRO-NET vision and D1.3 will improve vision and project Success Criteria.
WP2: made key contributions to the SYNCHRO-NET Architecture by submitting the 1st version of the cloud-based architecture on time. In the sequel of work limitations of current cloud infrastructures have been investigated that shaped the architecture and deployment scenarios of the SYNCHRO-NET eco-system. It will offer open- and user-centric communication interfaces to stakeholders along the supply chain.
WP3: have definined relevant use cases and scenarios, and in have developed requirements and first specifications of the tools to be developed.
WP4: Prototypes of many of the components that will form the WP4 toolsets exist already and are being actively developed. D4.2 and D4.3 have been completed. The work corresponding to the Real-time Driver & Operator Interaction Layer and Synchro-modal Logistics Optimisation Toolset has advanced quickly.
WP5: Construction of detailed ship software models, simulation work, definition of a candidate set of shipping route for each demonstrator, design of the stakeholder assessment methodology, design of the stakeholder assessment prototype, collection of the requirements and data structures of the information exchanged from the different modules, definition of the overall logical structure of SYNCHRO-NET are ongoing.
WP6:The main work carried:East-West demonstrator:4 individual scenarios have been defined, based on real life routes involving 3 import cases from the Far East to major Spanish ports (Valencia, Barcelona and Algeciras) and 1 export case from Zaragoza to Far East via the port of Barcelona, taking into consideration transshipment (if applicable), rail (if applicable) and last mile truck delivery. In process of defining external stakeholders and contribution.
Regional demonstrator:1. Emissions Benchmarking and Change Assessment Use Case, 2. Customer Cumulative Freight Transport Weight & Volume Optimisation Use Case, 3.Modal Shift from Ro-Ro landbridge to Lo-Lo direct to/from mainland Europe Use Case
Pan European demonstrator:1.Short Sea routes, 2. 3PL operations, 3.Rail network, 4. Synchro-modal transport, 5.Truck flexibility
WP7: A Communication and Dissemination Strategy has been developed and first activities according to this plan have been carried out. A website together with an Information and Technology Observatory to monitor technological and business developments relevant to synchromodality as well as slow steaming has been established. The first version of the Exploitation Plan has been elaborated, which also includes feedback from the Advisory Board members.
WP8: The consortium is generally working well together. Some of the events organized during 2016 by SYNCHRO-NET were: The 1st Partners Forum Meeting, the Stakeholder Roundtables in the 18th SIL June 2016, the Advisory Board Meeting October 2016. The milestones, tasks and deliverables defined have been completed; the next deliverables M18 have been uploaded to European Commission Portal.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"The main progress in each Synchro-net solution set modules are:
•Slow Steaming Simulation&Control:Slow steaming strategies, originally developed for the sea routes, could be adopted also for the road transport. It will be very important, both for the demonstrators and for the simulation modules, to keep into account the real needs of the stakeholders, in order to focus the efforts on what the market will require in the future. The needs of the final users must be part of the product and part of what the final user will pay for.
•Real-time Synchro-modal Logistics Optimisation: The multi-objective nature of the optimisation problem has required innovative new techniques to be developed, and integrated with real-time driver scheduling systems to maximize opportunities for efficiencies and de-stressing of the supply chain. The ability of the SYNCHRO-NET model to take a more “holistic” view of supply chain optimisation is expected to drive not only major cost savings for operators but also to enable reduced emissions&congestion and better management of risk in the supply chain.
•Dynamic Stakeholder Impact Assessment Module: It will applicate of methods for the elicitation of preferences over a relatively large number of diverse attributes to a) steer the development of the functionality and user interfaces and b) gain insights into the substantial trade-offs that are stakeholders are faced with in their day-to-day operations. The use of a sophisticated, robust methodology do develop the functionality and to understand stakeholder’s objectives and patterns of use will ensure that the solution is practical and commercially oriented.
•Synchro-modal Supply Chain Risk Analysis Module: Will enable stakeholders involved in logistics planning to consider risk considerations during the optimisation of transportation routes. This module provides the decision-maker with novel Key Risk Indicators showing expected delays, potential safety issues and probabilities of failing links in the supply chain. Furthermore, Risk Analysis introduces the new concepts of "robustness" and "flexibility" of transportation plans, which measures and evaluates the ability of the logistics network to recover from disruptions.
•Synchro-operability Communications and Governance Architecture: The combination of communication, open interfacing, governance and cloud-service enablement makes the SYNCHRO-NET architecture unique and can be considered as a further asset for exploitation. In this sense, SYNCHRO-NET’s software modules are designed to support the transition between different hosting providers to comply with the platform’s needs."

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