Ports are essential for the European economy and for economic growth, 74% of goods exported or imported to the EU are transported via its seaports. At the same time, the challenges they face are only getting greater: Cargo volumes are increasingly higher – with an expected 57% rise by 2030 – while they are also arriving in a shrinking number of vessels: the next generation of Post-Panamax vessels have a capacity of more than 18k containers; ‘put onto trucks, these containers would stretch in a single line from Rotterdam to Paris1’. Cargo volumes are not just increasing, cargo flow types are also changing due to technological trends, such as Industry 4.0. Moreover, cargo port operators need to comply with increasingly stricter environmental regulations and societal views for sustainable operations.
The proposed vision is to pave the way towards efficient freight and traffic operations at ports and logistics hubs by using new innovative concepts, applications and devices supported by the disruptive 5G/6G technologies, including also the main key enablers such as advanced Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, AI/ML, BCT, cybersecurity, high performance
computing, next generation traffic management and CCAM (Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility).
The proposed project will use 5G/6G technologies to expedite and optimise the Pan-European transport and logistics federative network by establishing the premier European logistics digital nodes as part of the future Physical Internet serving the European logistics community of shippers, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities, and authorities. The proposed project aims to reduce CO2 emissions, congestion and air pollution in order to improve the quality of life of European citizens and to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal (December 2019).
ERTICO – ITS Europe was founded in 1991 at the initiative of 15 industry leaders and the European Commission to fill the gap between research and deployment of mobility services on roads. In the past two decades, ERTICO ran dozens of European projects, organised 38 ITS European and World Congresses, grew from 15 to 120 members, undertook a key role in public consultations and policy agendas, and established long-term relations with key players in Europe, United States of America, Japan, Russia, and China.
ERTICO-ITS Europe together with the ERTICO members were among the first association to promote the 5G technologies leading several main 5G projects(e.g. 5G-DRIVE, 5G-MOBIX, 5G-LOGINNOV, 5GMETA, etc).
ERTICO-ITS Europe has more than 120 members covering 8 verticals promoting innovation in their domains, telecom industry included. Since the beginning of the 5G technology, ERTICO organisation managed to bring unique new service capabilities. Especially the step from LTE to 5G that showed a paradigm shift by supporting vertical sectors. The full digitization of the industry, the necessity to integrate technological and business enablers, and mainly the need to address European and global challenges across the full value chain have created the basis for new research and innovation targets for the ERTICO members.
ERTICO has also contributed to new connectivity business models related to the newest trends by offering new services over digital channels in several vertical domains such as automotive& CCAM&autonomous driving, cross border innovation and supply chain-transport&logistics by stimulating strategic alliances with different vertical sectors in order to build and offer powerful and persuasive B2B and B2C propositions. ERTICO-ITS Europe aims further to lead the application of the future 6G technologies at least in the automotive&CCAM&autonomous driving and supply chain-transport and logistics verticals in order to support full digitization of these vertical sectors and in return it will bring significant financial benefits and ensure the competitive edge of EU industry.