Bordeaux, 6 October 2015 – Ms. Nathalie Delattre, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux, welcomed to Bordeaux, the 8th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL) stressing the importance of innovative transportation and the use of intelligent logistic solutions as a catalyst for digital economy.

“To make our metropolitan area more attractive, we must achieve more seamless mobility, including digital mobility. Our objective is to support the multi-faceted development of digital technologies and their uses, and to place them at the service of the local territory and its power of attraction, of its users, businesses and quality of life. The metropolitan area of Bordeaux therefore plans to be at the forefront of the French Tech initiative, to boost the digital transition of our economy and support the emergence of “technological champions” says Ms. Nathalie Delattre in her opening speech to the ECITL Conference.

ECITL held its 8th  conference  in France and this time, it brings to the table the emerging trends in the field of the deployment of ITS and focuses on the sub-themes among those Co-operative Intelligent Transport System for Logistics; e-Freight; Intelligent Cargo; Logistics in Smart Cities; Safety and Security in Logistics and last but not least Supply Chains.

‘’The subject of this year’s ECITL conference has high priority for the ERTICO – ITS Europe Partnership. The ERTICO Partnership has in fact implemented different programmes on ITS with one of them focusing on Freight & Logistics to provide a specific direction to the related ERTICO activities which focuses on the deployment of ITS in logistics and freight in Europe and beyond’’, says Mr Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO-ITS EUROPE.

Some of these trends are picked up already by CO-GISTICS, the European funded project co-organizer of the ECITL Conference. “CO-GISTICS is the first European project fully dedicated to the deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) applied to logistics. I am very happy to be here in Bordeaux, one of the CO-GISTICS pilot site which is an important logistics hub in Europe with the city of Bordeaux been one of the early adopters of cooperative ITS” says Ms Lina Konstantinopoulou coordinator of the project.

The Bordeaux pilot site is a central hub or transport between southern and northern countries. The transport activity in this area is particularly heavy between Bordeaux and Bilbao which causes significant congestions especially on the ring of Bordeaux and at the French-Spanish border. The main goal is to optimise the global transport architecture by implementing cooperative, interoperable and multimodal logistics solutions through 3 dedicated services.

The European Commission was represented at the ECITL Conference with several speakers: Ms. Fleur Breuillin from DG MOVE, Mr. Florent Frederix from DG CONNECT and Mr. Joost de Bock from DG RESEARCH. Mr. Florent Frederix from DG CONNECT highlighted the EC initiatives on tackling issues related to cybersecurity. He has introduced actions on implementing an industrial cybersecurity strategy, prioritizing on public-private partnership while also addressing issues of data privacy and data protection.



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Note to the editor


The European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL) is a yearly co-organised event of ERTICO-ITS Europe, the CO-GISTICS project and the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. The primary objective of these conferences is to bring together stakeholders and expertise in the transport logistics domain to present, discuss and share ideas of ICT solutions contributing to more efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly transport logistics.

The theme of the 2015, 8th ECITL “Intelligent logistics solutions – a catalyst for digital economy” covers topics such as electronic freight, intelligent cargo and intelligent transport systems which are all catalysts for innovative transport and supply chain management. The conference follows the outline of holding a scientific day, where researchers and scholars present a double-blind reviewed research paper and two industry days organised as Executive Sessions and Special Interest Sessions running in parallel.



CO-GISTICS is the first European project fully dedicated to the deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) applied to logistics. CO-GISTICS services will be deployed in 7 logistics hubs, Arad (Romania), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao (Spain), Frankfurt (Germany), Thessaloniki (Greece), Trieste (Italy) and Vigo (Spain). With 32 partners including public authorities, fleet operators, trucks, freight forwarders, terminal operators and logistics providers, the CO-GISTICS consortium will install the services on at least 325 vehicles (trucks and vans) and will run for 3 years.

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The CO-GISTICS services available in Bordeaux are:

  • Priority & Speed advice
  • Cargo Transport Optimisation
  • CO2 emission estimation and monitoring

More information on the Bordeaux pilot site can be found here