The world’s first Corridor as a Service (CaaS) operator, Finnish mobility startup Vediafi, signed a significant CaaS-Net ecosystem agreement with transport technology provider Dynniq at the Intertraffic Amsterdam show in the Netherlands.
Coordinated by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency’s Traffic Lab, the CaaS concept is being developed by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Vediafi and other organizations belonging to the CaaS Consortium, with the goal of creating a new operating model to improve logistics and facilitate international commerce.
The aim of CaaS is to improve freight transport through digital services so that Finland can become a logistics hub for improving and expanding international trade. Currently, a preliminary assessment is being carried out to support the development of the CaaS concept, with the study seeking to map out the operators and measures that have the potential for developing the speed, transparency, quality and cost efficiency of freight logistics.
Based on the preliminary assessment, a new operating model will be developed that is able to significantly improve the accessibility and attractiveness of Finnish logistics. For companies, this offers opportunities for developing both current and new forms of business activities, for improving transport operations, and for networking. Part of the project involves the creation of CaaS-Net, which focuses on digitizing freight logistics and uses Cooperative-ITS (C-ITS) solutions to enhance international trade using main roads that can feed local multimodal super-hubs.
Participating in the CaaS ecosystem project from the public sector are Finland’s Transport Safety Agency, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Transport Agency, Meteorological Institute, Communications Regulatory Authority, and Finnish Customs, as well as VTT from the research sector, and Vediafi, Dynniq, Infotripla and Indagon from the business sector. The cities of Vantaa, Turku and Tampere are also involved, as well as the Growth Corridor Finland network and the Joint Industry Association (YTL).
At the agreement signing, Matti Lankinen from Vediafi said, “Vedia-CaaS-Net is the first CaaS services operator, which creates a digital marketplace between logistics customers and logistics providers and which can include, for example, prioritized passage for truck convoys, which increases delivery reliability, and provides time savings of over 10% at traffic lights, border crossings, and road toll points.”
Dynniq Finland’s sales director, Aapo Pöyhönen, added, “We are proud to be part of the world’s first Corridor as a Service Consortium. We are offering a C-ITS platform for the first CaaS customer demonstrations to be carried out in Finland.”