Management Framework for Intelligent Intermodal Transport

FREIGHTWISE was an Integrated Project within the EU's 6th Framework Programme.

The objective of FREIGHTWISE was to promote the modal shift from exclusive road use to intermodal freight transport, combining the sectors:

  • Transport Management (shippers, forwarders, operators and agents)
  • Traffic and Infrastructure Management (rail, road, short sea shipping, inland waterways)
  • Administration (customs, border crossing, hazardous cargo handling, safety and security) to support the EU policy objectives related to co-modality, balancing the use of the complete transport infrastructure, and improved interoperability along the intermodal transport chain.

BMT was project coordinator of FREIGHTWISE, involving 66 partners throughout Europe. BMT also ran one of the nine business cases for testing the FREIGHTWISE development.

Central in the FREIGHTWISE approach was the aim of defining the roles that need to interact in order for freight transport to be as efficient as possible.

In FREIGHTWISE, interactions between roles were described in a set of generic business processes that cover transport planning, execution, and completion, defining the required information exchange between participants.

In freight transport (and passenger transport in general) there is no such transparency of services and costs and the information that is published is not easily available in a standardised format.

FREIGHTWISE therefore, defined a standard specification of transport (and related) services that should be used by service providers to publish and maintain information about their services.

The FREIGHTWISE concepts of:

  • Roles to be performed in efficient intermodal transport Generic business  processes describing interaction between the roles
  • Mode independent mechanisms for simplified information exchange in  intermodal transport
  • Establishing a virtual transport network on Internet were tried and tested in nine different business cases

The business cases covered Europe from the Nordic Countries to the Mediterranean and from the Iberian Peninsula to Estonia, the Balkan countries, Greece, and Turkey.

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