PLANET: Progress towards Federated Logistics through the Integration of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network

  • Completed
  • Programme: H2020
  • Call: H2020-EU.3.4. - SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Smart, Green And Integrated Transport Main Programme
  • Start date: 01.06.2020
  • End date: 31.05.2023

PLANET (Progress towards Federated Logistics through the Integration of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It addresses the challenges of assessing the impact of emerging global trade corridors on the TEN-T network and ensuring effective integration of the European to the Global Network.

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Contact: Svetla Boytcheva

Project Overview

Transport and Logistics (T&L) play an essential role in Europe’s economic development and a well-connected and sustainable global transport and logistics network is essential for the ability of European companies to be competitive in the world economy. In this context, technology innovation and automation offer vast possibilities for avoiding risks, boosting productivity and reducing costs.

PLANET aims to advance the EC’s strategy for smart, green and integrated T&L by proposing an Integrated Green EU-Global T&L Network (EGTN), which interconnects infrastructure with geopolitical developments. The project goes beyond strategic transport studies and ICT for transport research, by rigorously demonstrating the emerging concepts (physical Internet) and technologies (IoT, blockchain) in three EU-global real-world corridors (China – EU- US).

PLANET focuses in two key R&D pillars:

  • A Geo-economics approach, modelling and specifying the dynamics of new trade routes and their impacts on logistics infrastructure and operations, with specific reference to TEN-T;
  • An EU-Global network enablement through demonstration of disruptive concepts and technologies (IoT, Blockchain and PI, 5G, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles /automation, hyperloop) which can shape its future and address its shortcomings.

The project sets up three Living Labs (LLs) as demonstrators: “PI and Blockchain for optimised door-to-door Asia-EU corridors”,  “China–Rotterdam/USA focusing on rail transport”, “IoT for Silk Road Route to EU the Poland focus e-commerce parcels”. They contribute to the strategic analysis of global flows (based on the corridors where they are located), the analysis of corridor infrastructure issues, and the investigation of integration of the respective global corridor with the TEN-T. The Living Labs also investigate innovative ways to coordinate complex supply chains through multimodal corridors involving private and public stakeholders.

PLANET liaises closely with the European Technology Platform ALICE and its developments and projects to join forces with all projects in this area.

Ontotext’s Role

Ontotext is part of Sirma Group Holding and provides a commercial suite of semantic technologies enabling better content management, knowledge discovery and semantic search.

Ontotext is the leader of Task 2.2: “Connectivity Infrastructure Components”. The objective of this task is to identify, collect and integrate T&L data and models that are used for creating the new T&L services.

Ontotext is also highly involved in tasks related to installation and technical validation of the PLANET Cloud-based Open EGTN Infrastructure in the Living Labs.

By taking part in such an important project, Ontotext wants to provide its solutions to support the creation of a well-connected and sustainable European global transport and logistics network.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 860274.

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