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The FREIGHTWISE project structure

The diagram below shows the integration of FREIGHTWISE work packages.
project structure overview

Improving transport management through traffic information and authority networks

Intermodal transport implies the use of a combination of transport modes. Any support for the management of such chains has to consider the internal systems in the organisations involved e.g. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM). However, other systems also have to be considered, such as those used for the management of traffic on roads, railways and waterways or those used for mandatory reporting systems, e.g. Customs, hazardous cargo. FREIGHTWISE takes into account interfacing with mode-specific developments for rail and inland waterways and emerging results for short sea traffic as in the MarNIS project.

Interaction with concrete projects promotes practical results

The methodology is based on a close interaction between theory and practice. Solutions based on Research and Development(R&D) results from previous FP projects and initiatives are developed for a number of concrete intermodal business cases and the feed back from these cases will enable the development of generic, but still practical solutions. Each case (a transport chain or a logistic system) involves a number of business related companies - the so called business cluster - where some of its participants are consortium partners of FREIGHTWISE, while others have chosen only to be commercially involved in the case as supporting partners or third parties. Some of the cases are fairly advanced in their planning of intermodal solutions and those are already scheduled to implement and demonstrate the use of management systems while others have yet to analyse the scope for action before they eventually take their decision to go ahead in the second phase of the project.

The approach chosen fosters an innovative process in the project as well as in the business clusters. New knowledge is generated based on previous R&D and the participating organisations own experience and expertise. This information is diffused in the business clusters and among external stakeholders and it is put into use in the demonstrations which again generates new insights and understanding.

Support to European policies and a common framework for organising intermodal transport

FREIGHTWISE provides a platform on which to build European strategies and policies promoting interoperability in intermodal chains as well as practical solutions for a user community of intermodal operations. The FREIGHTWISE Framework provides the architecture and the business models, the Virtual Transport Network facilitates overview, access and implementation of available services and the Stakeholder Framework provides the business guidelines for the implementation of an intermodal transport chain. Together they form a basis for developing a European policy for supporting intermodal transport, as a complement to the present efforts with RIS (River Information Services) and TSI (Technical Specification for Interoperability).

The experience gained will also serve as a basis for decisions on intermodal transport management strategies among industrial partners underpinned by the FREIGHTWISE developments on technology and business guidelines. The level of detail targeted in FREIGHTWISE will ensure interoperability, enable commercial and operational flexibility and provide a basis for technical development. The FREIGHTWISE project will support standards by suggesting relevant issues and processes to promote a wider and sustainable engagement of all the stakeholders.