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Gadgets project: advanced tool for dangerous goods transport

To develop a new single window tool based on structured, systematic, interactive forecasting techniques that relies on infrastructure based safety measures, context of transportation and monitoring to solve the european problem of transport of dangerous goods.

Approximately 1,000 accidents per year are produced in Europe related to the freight road transport of dangerous goods (TDG) and the situation seems to get only worse. This is due to the facts that chemical sales grow significantly while at the same time the geographic distances between chemical producers and consumers become larger and larger (CEFIC, 2016). Worldwide result in about 810,000 accidents and 275,400 wounded per year. Furthermore, in the area of TDG yearly significant sanctions related to compliance with all provisions required by the legislation and other technical requirements are applied in the EU Member States. The consequences are high costs for industries (sanctions and inefficiencies) and unsafe situations for the public. Moreover, there are additional factors that must be taken into account due to the TDG by highways, rural roads, tunnels, bridges; and there are unforeseen external factors such as traffic accidents and traffic jams that can occur on a predetermined transport route which leads to situations where alternative route is needed but the driver has no tools for re-planning the route. Thus it can be stated that TDG involves hazards and situations with a potential for causing harm to people, environment and equipment but also industry and economy and yet no accident-risk parameters are taken into account. Even though TDG throughout the inland regions of the EU is governed by Directive 2008/68/EC and the international rules laid down in several regulations for road, rail and inland waterways respectively, still a lot of risks, sanctions and inefficient situations are being created because all this information is not clearly specified for all agents involved in a seamless supply chain. This is a transnational problem that must be solved in a transnational approach, within the collaboration of experts from more than one European country, ensuring the development of joint actions and solutions and a transfer of the knowledge, results and solutions. With gADGeT’s transnational approach, the maximization of the impact of the project is guaranteed. A Local Single Window (LSW) tool will integrate for first time on the market all relevant technical information and real time-analysis for the TDG, allowing from the origin to the destination (O2D) seamless supply chain with minimal human intervention and zero mistakes. The LSW will offer EFFICIENCY in TDG by avoiding of fines, preventing accidents, compliance, preventing damage to goods and SAFETY through avoiding spills, emissions, pollution and personal injury. LSW is software as service; a cloud- based "one stop shop" for handling all the necessary documentation as well as route-planning. It will be based on further developments of User Driven Innovation (UDI) techniques performed with dynamic data collection, on-board monitoring devices, and risk calculation algorithms, leading to be integrated in the tool. Main challenges will be to identify which context information should be collected and how it can be efficiently collected independently from the device and application. It will allow approaching the European-wide problems in TDG, facilitating compliance with EU standards and enabling safer work environments. This new tool will share all information required for a safe and secure TDG. As basis for the new LSW-prototype, the project partners will contribute to the development of the solution with their existing knowledge and to mitigate risks identified and detailed in point 2.2.2. The architecture of the SW and the relevant technologies to be further developed for all agents from the supply chain will be designed and decided on by both partners while including the necessary inputs from such agents. The solution will significantly increase safety, security and efficiency in the road TDG, while introducing a novel approach of process automation, intelligent modality, logistics and interoperability. Therefore, the concrete result of the project will be the prototype for an innovative technological tool (later commercially available) including online communication with all the agents involved in the supply chain. The specific objectives are divided in two main phases: a) Definition phase: Covers an analysis by means of UDI techniques about the user/stakeholders needs and the key success factors for a good implementation of the new LSW for the road TDG (AITEC). UDI techniques will be used for a deep analysis of the TDG; Analysis of the current available technologies to give response to the needs validated with the customers through UDI (PRISMA); Definition of the most suitable system architecture (AITEC/PRISMA). b) Implementation phase: Implementation of the technological developments concerning the results of Phase I (AITEC/PRISMA). Development of the following modules: "Inforeading","Safety Processing","Optimised Routes/Low risk routes", "Tracking/Monitoring", "Security processing" and Integration of LSW.Pilot case.
Acronym: 
GADGETS
Project ID: 
11 217
Start date: 
05-06-2017
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
500 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Process control and logistics
Market Area: 
TRANSPORTATION

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