As the pioneering Horizon 2020 and ERTICO-coordinated project, 5G-LOGINNOV approaches its final review in February, it leaves a legacy of significant recommendations to further the transformation in the logistics and port operations.

Started in September 2020, the project set out with the ambitious goal of optimising freight and traffic operations at ports. Successfully navigating its three-year mission, credit is due to the collaborative efforts of a consortium comprising 15 members, six of which are ERTICO partners (AkkodisContinentalICCSICOORSWARCOT-Systems). ERTICO’s pivotal role as the project coordinator is evident in the success achieved.

Approaching the final review prompts reflection on the lasting impact of 5G-LOGINNOV, unveiling insightful perspectives and forward-thinking recommendations. The primary aim was to optimise operations using cutting-edge technologies like 5G, IoT, data analytics, and Cooperative, Connected Automated Mobility (CCAM). The Living Lab testing environments in Athens, Hamburg, and Koper addressed diverse technological and societal challenges unique to ports, achieving key objectives such as port automation and real-time data generation. Under ERTICO’s coordination, the project also contributed to developing recommendations and two position papers. Recommendations, arising from lessons learned, focus on ensuring the priority rollout of 5G networks and advancing AI applications. The applied methodology, involving internal workshops, questionnaires, and engagement with external stakeholders, underscores a comprehensive approach. Stakeholders included members of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), the Alliance for Logistic Innovation and Collaboration in Europe (ALICE), the CCAM partnership, and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF). The recommendations offer a robust framework for advancing 5G deployment, fostering innovation, and promoting sustainable growth. Identifying relevant stakeholders and effectively disseminating recommendations targeted logistics industry stakeholders, public authorities, policy makers, telecommunication operators, research institutions, and standardisation organisations. The intricacy of the impact is exemplified in the technical and data requirements, involving multiple stakeholders from national authorities to industry operators. The joint 5GMETA/5G-LOGINNOV paper on enhancing AI applications underscores the importance of sustained investment in R&D, open-source initiatives, ethical guidelines, and data-sharing practices. The collaborative efforts of the 5G-LOGINNOV project, facilitated by ERTICO’s coordination, have yielded valuable insights and recommendations for advancing AI applications and ensuring the priority rollout of 5G networks. Addressing technological, infrastructure, regulatory, administrative, capacity-building, and ethical considerations, these recommendations contribute to the ongoing evolution of Europe’s transport and logistics landscape.

In conclusion, supported by all project partners, ERTICO’s role as the coordinator of this initiative has played a pivotal part in propelling innovation and shaping a more connected, efficient, and sustainable future for Europe’s transport and logistics industry. The project’s outcomes stand as a confirmation to collaborative efforts and technological advancements in the pursuit of a forward-thinking and integrated ecosystem.

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