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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-04-01 - 2024-03-31

The Awaken Sleeping Assets Project (ASAP) aims for three overall goals: (1) to activate underused or inactive infrastructure or resources for sustainable urban logistics, (2) to provide testing structures (testbeds) for innovative urban logistics systems (3) to combine these activities in order to build a new Sustainable Urban Logistics Planning platform (SULP-Platform) A unique collaboration of cities, industries and research partners, representing four different European countries (France, Sweden, Germany, Austria) aims at gathering and processing relevant information at local-level on obstacles, success factors, logistics parameters, framework conditions and impacts of sustainable urban logistics solutions. The result will be the SULP-Platform, a new open-access knowledge base with interactive elements, embedded in a network of European cities and regions. Based on an in-depth evaluation of 14 existing test beds in Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Hamburg and Düsseldorf and a strong involvement of local logistics players we aim at bringing sleeping-assets-potentials into life. ASAP will create 11 further test beds that activate underused, “sleeping” assets within the participating “lighthouse cities”. This will be the basis for building-up a network of “follower” cities by way of an implementing an upscaling and dissemination strategy.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-09-01 - 2022-08-31

Our society is characterized by a high degree of digitalization and an increasing dependence on technology over time. The robustness of developed systems suffers due to the increasing specialisation of technical solutions and the reduction of redundancies in favour of an expected increase in efficiency. As a result, the threat posed by so-called "networked crises" (e.g. a blackout or an Internet failure) increases noticeably. These are based on an extraordinary complexity, which organizations or regions cannot cope with on their own. It is therefore to be feared that a long-lasting, large-scale restriction of Internet-based services could result in massive functional and supply disruptions. This would trigger a chain of supply bottlenecks that would pose a threat to public order. In order to strengthen the digital resilience of our society, it is necessary to be able to assess the possible consequences of an event. Only in this way can interruptions in the coordination chain of emergency organisations be recognised at the level of the SCM and meaningful courses of action be developed.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-09-01 - 2023-02-28

Inland terminals are the gateway for transferring goods from road to rail or waterways. However, the interface between road and terminal in particular shows a lack of interoperability and a lack of integrated solutions, both in terms of physical infrastructure and information and communication technology. These system discontinuities mean that transhipment from one mode of transport to another within a transport chain is considered time-consuming and costly. This hampers an increase in the share of combined freight transport and consequently hinders the achievement of national and European climate targets. PRODIGY aims to optimise today's road-terminal interface processes through digitalisation and the use of new (distributed ledger) technologies. The processes of four specific use cases will be re-developed together with different stakeholders under the aspect of using distributed ledger technologies, such as block chain networks and smart contracts.

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