“We do research for a better environment” says Dr. Sandra Stein.
This slogan is the subtitle of PhysICAL, the ambitious Austrian research project that has been running for 4 years. On 17.07.2020 all 17 project partners met in the Cargo Center Graz. Here, the individual consortium partners introduced themselves, organizational basics were exchanged. Under the leadership of Fraunhofer Research Austria first scheduling of the upcoming workshops on basic research was made.
The lead project PhysICAL (Physical Internet through Cooperative Austrian Logistics) creates the necessary conditions for a comprehensive implementation of the Physical Internet in Austria – for climate protection and for more efficient transport logistics. The 17 project partners are developing applications in four different sectors. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology will ultimately evaluate and certify the effectiveness of the novel concepts.
The PhysICAL project is supported and financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency within the framework of the RTI program Mobility of the Future.
The four pilot projects are
- Smart wood logistics
- Open transport management platform
- Supply Chain 3.0
- New last CEP – Mile
All of them combine the demonstration of the advantages of the Physical Internet in different industries and a digital twin of the Austrian transport network. The digital twin enables forecasting and optimization possibilities in connection with network usage and design and thus serves to improve the resilience of the entire network.
“We were enthusiastic and open for the project from the beginning” admits Nils-Olaf Klabunde at 4PL Intermodal GmbH.
“The idea and previous implementations of IMSLOT and the modules go hand in hand with the requirements of the project leading and accompanying scientists from Vienna and Graz. The inquiry came as a surprise but our team is of course very pleased that IMSLOT is to provide a basis for this. “
We will keep you informed in separate 4PL Intermodal Blogs as well as on the project-related website https://physical-project.at.