The second International Physical Internet Conference will be held in Paris at the University Mines Paris Tech, from July 6-8, 2015. The event includes the final presentation of the Modular Logistics Units in Shared Co-modal Networks (MODULUSHCA) which was coordinated by software and consulting firm PTV Group in order to show how transport logistics can benefit from the physical internet (PI).
It was previously reported by PTI that shipping could hold the key to a quantum internet, a secure method of data sharing between container ships.
The PI is a new concept aimed at improving logistics in terms of economic and environmental efficiency. It is based on the idea that the use of standardised, modular logistics containers and the cooperation of all parties involved will help to optimise the entire supply chain.
An open information concept enables all stakeholders to plan and track shipments along the entire transport chain, covering all logistics stages. Using a PI system would mean allocating goods to various warehouses so that they are available at any location when needed.
The aim of PI is also to make logistics and transportation more efficient and flexible. Just like on the Internet where information can be sent via open channels, it will one day be possible to ship goods via a global logistics network.
MODULUSHCA, the first project towards the implementation of the PI, is coordinated by PTV. It analyses the feasibility of open logistics networks where shippers and transport service providers work closely together. Standardised logistics units (M-boxes) were developed and tested. They allow users to combine items or ship units onto a single shipment.
This solution aims at building the basis for an integrated logistics system at European level. The overall concept and individual components such as unit-handling and loading, as well as the provision of an optimal network of hubs were also tried and tested. Moreover, an IT system and architectures for interconnected logistics were developed as part of the project focussing on the effective use of capacities available in logistics networks. They will be presented at the event, together with all other project results.