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European Cooperative Logistics project launches reference architecture

Now approaching the end of its first year of activities, the European CO-GISTICS (Cooperative Logistics) project has revealed the reference architecture that will be used for all seven pilot sites and services. The architecture details the standards and policies to be used to ensure interoperability and the ability to replicate the services at a wider European level. 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 seven pilot multi-modal logistics hubs: Arad (Romania), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao (Spain), Frankfurt (Germany), Thessaloniki (Greece), Trieste (Italy) and Vigo (Spain). The CO-GISTICS consortium, which comprises 33 partners, including public authorities, fleet operators, trucks, freight forwarders, terminal operators and logistics providers, will install the services on at least 325 trucks and vans and will run for three years, until January 2016.

At the French pilot site in Bordeaux (right), where the reference architecture was launched, CO-GISTICS will implement the different services in three ways: locally around the city of Bordeaux and in the Grand Port Maritime of Bordeaux (GPMB); on a long-distance scale along a corridor; and internationally with a link to the Bilbao pilot site in Spain. The reference architecture is based on an infrastructure as an integrated set of software components coming from the cooperative services, intelligent freight objects and logistics services. The main characteristics of the architecture are: vertical and uniform support for connectivity from cooperative systems to Logistics Applications levels; and interaction with freight objects and services through M2M interfaces and real-time communication capabilities. A detailed technical architecture has also been produced for each pilot site, taking into account core and local services.

German Herrero, head of the transport & trade logistics sector at ATOS, who is responsible for the implementation of the Reference Architecture, said, “In this context, the CO-GISTICS reference architecture should merge different systems and solutions coming from the ITS environment (already tested and validated in most of the sites selected in the project), together with new core services, such as the traffic and itinerary services, the CO2 monitoring service, as well as the cloud service, to facilitate real-time communication and freight object virtualization to support the five cooperative logistics services.” The French pilot site will use the system that has already been implemented for the Compass4D project, to provide speed advice on the roads in and around Bordeaux. The city is progressively deploying the speed advice (GLOSA) service, which will reduce the waiting time at traffic lights and the number of decelerations trucks do every day.

October 21, 2014

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