Next generation connectivity for enhanced, safe & efficient transport & logistics
The adoption of 5G technologies can improve transport and logistics in Europe. The EU-funded 5G-Blueprint project therefore aims to develop a technical architecture, business and governance model for uninterrupted cross-border teleoperated transport based on 5G connectivity. To achieve this, it will explore the economics of 5G tools in cross-border transport and logistics as well as passenger transport. It will investigate governance issues and solutions dependent on cross-border connectivity and seamless services, and the tactical and operational conditions required to fully exploit 5G-tooled transport and logistics. It will also prepare and pilot teleoperated and telemonitored transport on roadways and waterways. This could serve as a blueprint for pan-European teleoperated transport solutions in the logistics sector and beyond.
The overall objective of 5G-Blueprint is to design and validate a technical architecture, business and governance model for uninterrupted cross-border teleoperated transport based on 5G connectivity.
5G-Blueprint will explore and define:
– The economics of 5G tools in cross border transport & logistics as well as passenger transport: bringing CAPEX and OPEX into view, both on the supply (Telecom) side and on the demand (Transport & Logistics) side for transformation of current business practices as well as new value propositions
– The Governance issues and solutions pertaining to responsibilities and accountability within the value chain dependent on cross border connectivity and seamless services relating to the Dutch & Belgian regulatory framework (telecommunications, traffic and CAM experimentation laws, contracts, value chain management)
– Tactical and operational (pre-) conditions that need to be in place to get full value of 5G tooled transport & logistics. This includes implementing use cases that increase cooperative awareness to guarantee safe and responsible tele-operated transport
– Preparing and piloting tele-operated and tele-monitored transport on roadways and waterways to alleviate the increasing shortage of manpower and bring transport and logistics on a higher level of efficiency through data sharing in the supply chain and use of AI.
– Exploring the possibilities of increasing the volume of freight being transported during the night where excess physical infrastructure capacity is abundant; the lowering of personnel costs would make this feasible on a cost effective basis
– Tele-operation will be enabled by the following 5G qualities, such as low latency, reliable connectivity and high bandwidth that current 4G LTE cannot deliver sufficiently.
The project’s outcome will be the blueprint for subsequent operational pan-European deployment of teleoperated transport solutions in the logistics sector and beyond.