Integrated and Interoperable Maritime Transit Mana.. (INTE-TRANSIT)
Integrated and Interoperable Maritime Transit Management System
ICT technologies (including interoperable web-platforms and emerging technologies such as RFIDs) have proven of great assistance to tackle MED/EU port challenges regarding logistics and communication systems. Their customized use in different ports has limited their effect. Hence, it is essential to develop a communication framework between ports, administrations, logistic activities areas, relevant operators and commercial stakeholders. Towards this direction, INTE-TRANSIT aims in a better organization of MED ports and their logistic activities areas and establish a cooperation framework between relevant stakeholders in MED countries for best practice exchange, cooperation and personnel training. More specifically, INTE-TRANSIT will be focusing on the following: - Strengthen communication links between i) ports and relevant authorities across the MED Basin, ii) all relevant actors in the maritime transfers and iii) ports and their logistic activities areas, through the use of modern ICT technologies that will be used to enhance information management systems - Define an integrated management model involving public and private organizations (in ports and their logistic activities areas) and devise a common and harmonized MED processes map and indicators. This will lead to more efficient ports interoperability and a relevant improvement of the flow of goods, cargo traceability, visibility and transparency - Provide a training framework for ports and logistic areas personnel (administrative/managerial and labour workers). Training sessions will be provided towards the Ports, Port Authorities, Logistic Activities Areas Managers and Logistics partners, focusing on logistic/security frameworks, transportation tracking mechanisms, ports' telematics infrastructures as well as modern ICT technologies towards improved communications/cooperations - Execute 5 pilot projects to demonstrate improvement of logistic systems and port operations using the proposed new INTE-TRANSIT technologies. Two different sets of pilots will be executed to the involved ports: 1. Application of ICT technologies on container/cargo tracking/monitoring 2. Electronic tool/platform to implement the management model designed including the scoreboard associated - Develop/execute a best practice exchange framework for exchange of experience within the project as a sustainable means of communication beyond the project. Exchange visits will be focusing on knowledge gaining and awareness development on port modules (logistic organization, enhanced goods traceability, improved quality assurance) - Develop information awareness activities regarding dissemination towards results spreading to local and regional authorities and related target groups including project website, leaflets and poster, logo and the organization of 2 workshops. Achievements: INTE-TRANSIT, which is coordinated by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), started its activities in January 2013 with a consortium of eight partners from four Mediterranean countries. The basic aim of the INTE-TRANSIT project has been to achieve a better logistic organisation of the MED ports and their logistic areas through the use of modern ICT technologies and to strengthen the co-operation and networking links between MED ports, the relevant authorities and all the actors in maritime transportation.For achieving these goals, the INTE-TRANSIT consortium developed an automated container management system by using modern Information and Communication technologies such as Differential DGPSreceivers, RFID readers, GEO-location servers, to achieve the accurate management of the container storage process inside the terminal at a minimal cost and maintain an always up-to-date inventory of the stored containers. Specifically, in the ports of Piraeus (Greece), Valencia (Spain) and Koper (Slovenia) automated tracking, monitoring and localization systems were proposed and implemented both for containers and container terminal yard equipment (i.e. trucks, stackers) during their entire stay in the port area. These systems utilize wireless communication technologies and are supported by the corresponding management software for monitoring vehicles and containers. The positioning and monitoring data of these systems are collected, filtered and processed through the INTE-TRANSIT management platform. The function of this platform is to ontinuously monitor in an interactive way the container storage process inside the terminal with the ability to inform the reach stacker and/or truck driver in case of improper storage. These functionalities are combined with a user-friendly visualisation tool for yard equipment positioning, which offers various mapping capabilities, a container search functionality and real-time remote access.Additionally, in the cases of Naples (Italy) and Algeciras Bay Logistic Area (Spain), a monitoring system of the flow of goods was developed between the ports and their logistics area located at some distance from the port. Specifically, the system allows the notification of the central platform in case a truck is out of ist predetermined route, is travelling at very low speed, has stopped without warning or lacks an active GPS signal at some point of the route.These systems were tested and evaluated in real conditions, through pilot applications conducted in five Mediterranean ports (Piraeus, Koper, Naples, Algeciras Bay, Valencia). At the same time, a series of training activities and exchange visits were Organized at the container terminals and the logistic areas of the participating ports, in order to enforce the cooperation between stakeholders, the exchange of best practices and the training of personnel.
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