A new European research and innovation action will assess the impact of emerging global trade corridors on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), ensuring effective connectivity and sustainability of the European Global Network.
PLANET is a project co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission, starting on the 1 June 2020, that 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).
The project is scheduled to last 36 months and will focus in two key R&D pillars.
First, 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.
Second, 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 will liaise closely with the European Technology Platform ALICE and its developments and projects to join forces with all projects in this area.
Three Living Labs (including the ports of Valencia, Rotterdam and Sines) will 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.
Furthermore, all Living Labs will investigate innovative ways to coordinate complex supply chains through multimodal corridors involving private and public stakeholders.
The PLANET consortium comprises 33 partners of which 75% are represented in the project’s Living Labs and who collectively represent a large cohort of principal EU and Global Transport & Logistics.