Increasing digitalization is significantly strengthening the visibility of intermodal services.  The coherent shift of road transportation to modal alternatives remains one of the most important goals for ERTICO Partner PTV. Addressing both road traffic problems and ecological goals in freight transportation, is one of the main challenges and focus areas for the company.

As global goods flow, a significant amount of goods are transported by road. The demand for increasingly efficient transportation systems is caught between climate-political goals. The transportation industry needs to find coherent and competitive intermodal connections. Data availability and accuracy as well as planning skills are fundamental prerequisites for the definition of possible modal options for each transport sector.

Florian Krietsch, Senior Project Manager at the PTV Group, says: ‘Attributes such as environmental sustainability and cost efficiency can be very easily combined using intermodal transportation. However, as things stand today, there are still major obstacles in terms of the visibility, flexibility and, not least, in the acceptance of intermodal transportation.’

‘The goal is to make transportation faster, more flexible, cheaper, more environmentally friendly and, in particular, to simplify processes – a major challenge and the expectation of many who are living in a globalized world,’ says Dietmar Flohs, Chief Technical Product Manager at the PTV Group.

When it comes to perspectives in digital intermodality, logistics experts at PTV agree that pressure on intermodal service companies in terms of the digitalization of their transport services will continue to grow – for the benefit of shippers and possible freight volumes. In future, digitalization will contribute to existing services being utilized as best as possible. At the same time, it creates incentives for intermodal providers to continue to expand their services.

Many companies have recognized the need to act and are already actively involved in working towards digitalization. Sebastian Ruckes, Manager Business Development at TX Logistik, reports: ‘In current projects such as in the EU project ‘FENIX’, we show the digital information flow of timetables integrated into cross-mode transportation planning in the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor. Even today, the know-how and the digital skills of all project partners such as the PTV Group and TX Logistik, are being included here.’

Not only in the future, but even today, intermodal transportation revolves entirely around digitalization. It will become the power behind the visibility of intermodal services, the rise in efficiency, lower transport costs and the modal shift in general. With modern software and technologies, companies such as the PTV Group are supporting this route of intermodality.