Last month, the work of the European freight and logistics project FENIX was presented to the Australian Government. Representatives from the Government of Australia also learnt about the former EU-project AEOLIX and its toolkit, as well as the LCMM (CO2), ETA-Estimated Time of Arrival and Cargo Bundling Services, with the participation of ERTICO Senior Manager and FENIX Coordinator Eusebiu Catana.

Digitalisation has initiated a structural transformation in the way in which freight transport and logistics can operate. Transport and logistics stakeholders in both the private and public sector that adopt a digital transformation approach and enhance access to data and the exchange of information will encourage decision making and as a result be more successful,’ said Eusebiu Catana.

The highlights of the meeting were live demos by the FENIX and AEOLIX projects, starting with the AEOLIX toolkit, dashboard and LCMM (CO2). Demonstrations showcased the end-to-end supply chain visibility and cargo bundling services available under the FENIX federation. In logistics, these services assure full visibility into goods ownership, freight forwarders and haulers’ transport chains, as well as an entirely new level of real-time shipment data for key events during transit. The AEOLIX end-to-end supply-chain visibility service delivers real-time intelligence to optimise supply chain performance. It correlates data from different legacy systems, capturing organisational knowledge and making it available on the AEOLIX dashboard application, which serves as a ‘Virtual Control Tower’ to enable shippers, operators and their consignees to manage their supply chain.  The AEOLIX service also accelerates time to value, provides intelligent insights to manage the inventory more effectively and further mitigate disruptions to meet actual demand. Thanks to this service, cargo bundling services use data exchange and innovative logistics services enabled through AEOLIX to support LSPs and shippers through cargo demand/supply matching, quotation/booking management, cargo tracing and proof of delivery and as a corridor analytics to support policy makers.

‘Thanks to this solution, manufacturers and exporting companies reduce transport costs through shared loadings, while road transport operators optimise their transport capacity by avoiding empty or half-empty trips,’ said Mr. Catana.

The Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and Cargo Bundling Services was the second demo showcased. This service shows the time when a ship, vehicle, aircraft and cargo is expected to arrive at a certain place. ETA usually runs on the AEOLIX toolkit, calculating the period within which a specific vehicle reaches its destination. It informs the customer about the expected time of delivery and informs about the planned duration of the transport of the goods, before it reaches its destination.

The meeting also introduced the AEOLIX Low Carbon mobility management (LCMM) service, developed by T-SYSTEMS. This service chosen by the International Organization for Standardisation as reference in the domain as ISO TC 204. TC204 was patterned on CEN TC278, and the cooperation is regulated by the Vienna Agreement between ISO and CEN. ‘As specified in the scope of this standard, it specifies a methodology of extracting trip data via a nomadic device in order to estimate CO2 emissions not only for determining fuel consumption in the fleet operation and management in transportation and logistics areas, but also for providing assistant information to drivers with eco-friendly driving behaviour,’ said Mr. Catana.

Further to the CO2 monitoring service, ETA-Estimated Time of Arrival and Cargo Bundling Services will also be deployed as FENIX federated services.

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