European era-net Transport Project HubHarmony "Harmonization benchmark for inland multimodal hubs - Future links for sustainability"

HubHarmony supports the harmonization of operational procedures and services offered at 
inland multimodal hubs to foster seamless operations. These goals are achieved by (i) the 
development of a harmonization benchmark for inland multimodal hubs and (ii) an analysis of 
the impact of promising future value added services on the local economy and the development 
of inland multimodal hubs.  
The benchmark methodology of HubHarmony results in a scoring system, which enables an 
evaluation of the harmonization level of operational procedures and the service offer in inland 
multimodal hubs. Operational procedures include hub technologies, business processes as 
well as administrative aspects and services include both, current services and promising future 
services. The benchmark uses the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social and 
economic) to indicate how sustainable each hub type performs. 
The harmonization benchmark will support future operators when planning the development 
of hubs and for its corporate identity. It further enables to monitor the progress of harmonization 
and to collect valuable data for future policy actions. HubHarmony will give insights into future 
dynamics  and  will  indicate  upcoming  needs  of  logistics  infrastructure  with  a  focus  on  the 
interoperability and the harmonization of inland multimodal hubs. 

 HubHarmony project partners: 

  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Production and Logistics (Austria)
  • IFB Inter Ferry Boats N.V. (Belgium)
  • Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (Poland)
  • Wiener Hafen GmbH & Co KG (Austria) 

The  ERA-NET  Transport  Project  has  received  funding  from  the  following 
national/regional funding agencies: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (Austria), 
NCBR  –  National  Centre  for  Research  and  Development  (Poland)  and  IWT  – 
Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (Flanders). ERA-NET Transport 
has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme 
for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement 
no. 321525.