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CO-GISTICS - Using smart technology to improve efficiency and protect the environment


Using smart technology to improve efficiency and protect the environment

With the CO-GISTICS pilot project, we are seeing what happens when transport operators use the same cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for all their logistics. We are  testing it out in seven cities, using five efficiency boosting services.

Road freight transport has grown hugely in the last couple of decades, and some great tools have been developed to manage logistics. But until we link all these tools up, the whole system won’t be as efficient as it could be.

Five services, seven cities

We’ll be using cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and strengthen road and cargo security. Seven carefully chosen cities involved in this pilot project are:

  •  Arad, Romania
  •  Bilbao, Spain
  •  Bordeaux, France
  •  Frankfurt, Germany
  •  Thessaloniki, Greece
  •  Trieste, Italy
  •  Vigo, Spain

These cities are trialling five services:

  • Intelligent truck parking and delivery areas management
    Helps to optimise vehicle stops along each route, delivery of goods in urban areas and interaction with other transport modes.
  • Cargo transport optimisation
    Helps plan and coordinate the different kinds of transport used during logistics operations.
  • CO2 footprint monitoring and estimation
    Measures the CO2 output of vehicles and gives an estimate of what CO2 emissions to expect from each specific cargo operation.
  • Priority and speed advice
    Saving fuel, reducing emissions and helping heavy vehicles to have as efficient movements in urban areas as possible.
  • Eco drive support
    Helps truck drivers to make their driving style more energy efficient – using less fuel and lowering their CO2 emissions.
  • Managing data
    All the data used in the project – around emissions, logistics, etc, will be managed online, in ‘cloud’ services. Such online platforms will enable smaller companies and individual users to access the necessary information remotely. In addition, on-board units and roadside units will support the large flow of information that will be exchanged during the pilot, and allow all stakeholders to process useful data around the entire freight logistic process.

Good to know

  • CO-GISTICS (Co-operative Logistics) runs from January 2014 to December 2016
  • The pilot encompasses 325 vehicles and as many users, and 300 cargo items
  • Stakeholders include public authorities, fleet operators, freight forwarders and industrial partners

To find out more about CO-GISTICS, go to


Partners: European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation Scrl (ERTICO), City Council of Bilbao, Region of Central Macedonia, City Council of Vugo, Terminale Intermodale di Trieste FERNETTI SpA, AUTAMAROCCHI SpA, DB Schenker, DHL Exel Suplly Chain Spain, Transportes Azkar SA, WEST Eurotrans, IRU Projects ASBL, SAMER & Co. – Shipping srl, seaway Forwarding & Logistics SA, ATOS Spain SA, T-Systems, ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo SA, PluService Srl, NOVACOM Services, AGUILA Techonologie, M3 Systems, Gololoc Systems, SC TEAMNET International,Trans-European Consuktants for Transport, Development and Information Technology (TREDIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG), Consorzio Interuniversitario per l’Ottimizzazione e la Ricerca Operativa (ICOOR), Fundación Cluster de Empresas de Automoción de Galicia (CEAGA), House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) GmbH, Asociación Clúster de Movilidad y Logística de Euskadi (MLC), Università di Trieste, Politecnico di bari, Fraport AG, Schneider Electric

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