M-TRADE Work Plan

M-TRADE started in September 2005, has a duration of 18 months and its work is deployed through three sequential phases:
Phase I – “Critical Analysis”
It started in September 2005 and ended in January 2006; it performed the analysis and assessment of “service enablers” for GNSS applications in the freight multimodality transportation sector.
Phase II – “Implementation”
It started in January 2006 with a duration of 11 months (planned to end by December 2006); it envisages the preparation of the “M-TRADE Action Plan” and the real-pilot activities (set-up and execution).
Phase III – “Results Analysis”
It will start in December 2006 and will end in March 2007 (with a duration of three months); based on the demonstration results and feedback, it will produce recommendations and guidelines for a successful exploitation and deployment of the M-TRADE EGNOS/Galileo services in the considered User Community.

The Critical Analysis phase performs a survey and analysis of GNSS applications in the considered market sector, in order to:
Outline a panorama of the transport multimodality, in terms of main players and decision makers;
Investigate the current use of GNSS technologies in the sector;
Identify GNSS “priority applications”, and evaluate relevant market needs.

For the Implementation phase, M-TRADE implements a solution for goods remote monitoring and asset management. M-TRADE solution is validated in demonstrative pilots, through real multimodal freight chains, including rail, road, river and intermodal nodes.
M-TRADE solution is completely based on combined use of off-the-shelf products. It integrates proven technologies (such as RFID and GPRS) and existing ITS solutions / facilities of the project partners, which were developed in the frame of previous Research & Development initiatives and purposely enhanced in the frame of the project.

The Results Analysis phase performs the assessment of the results gathered during the demonstrations, including user feedback. The project generates a roadmap for the introduction of GNSS in the considered User Community, in a short and long term scenario.
Moreover, the project includes a parallel activity specifically dedicated to the introduction of M-TRADE technologies and services in Customs and Border Control applications.

The project work plan is developed over eighteen months and broken down into a work package structure, envisaging dedicated WPs for each phase respectively:
Phase I: WP 2.1 (Analysis), WP 2.2 (Assessment) and WP 2.3 (Awareness & Dissemination)
Phase II: WP 3.1 (Implementation Plan), WP 3.2.1 (Demonstration set-up), WP 3.2.2 (Demonstration campaign and training) and WP 3.3 (Awareness & Dissemination)
Phase III: WP 4.1 (Result Assessment), WP 4.2 (Recommendations & Guidelines) and WP 4.3 (Awareness & Dissemination)
WP5 (Analysis in Customs and Border Control Application)

Coordination & Project Management tasks are performed in parallel during the entire project duration

M-TRADE Solution

M-TRADE solution is an integrated end-to-end system to provide users with services for:
Tracking & tracing of goods
Identification of freight and efficient transhipment at Terminals and Nodes
Monitoring of safe transport of hazardous and perishable goods.

It combines existing facilities and COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) components, and standard protocols / interfaces, purposely enhanced for providing the M-TRADE services. It makes use of RFID and GPRS technologies, and a developed system using “EGNOS assisted RTCM” via GPRS.

The main elements of the M-TRADE demonstrator are the following:
On Board Unit (OBU): collects data from GPS and from the SISNET server using GPRS. In M-TRADE two types of OBU will be considered, KT (Kayser-Threde) OBU and ShPIDER (GMV Sistemas) OBU. These units are designed to interface RFID tags, active read/write tags for safety applications, such as automatic identification of the transported goods and information related to status/tampering alarm.
Data Servers: interconnected servers gather data from OBUs, process and make them available to the end users, through the -TRADE Multimodal Centre (MMC). Two servers are envisaged, one for the KT OBU and one for ShPIDER OBU.
Intermodal Node Servers, not directly interconnected to any OBU, are ICT systems, storing commercial transport and logistics information:
- The Genoa VTS (Vessel Traffic System) called “Maritime Server”, that stores and provide information related to the sea vessel / cargo (such as time of arrival at port, data related to dangerous goods transport);
- The Danube RIS (via donau), called “River Server”, that provides transport information to serve both traffic and transport management needs, relevant to the inland waterway path (in particular, in case of dangerous goods transport, it collects and provides the relevant data);
- The Interporto Bologna Node Server, called “Node Server”, that gathers and hands out information and data from/to transport operators related to the freight transhipment.
The M-TRADE Multimodal Centre (MMC, Telespazio / TPZ) is the core of the system. It is a distributed service segment framework providing end-to-end delivery services to users.
The Multimodal Centre interfaces the Mobile Units, through the relevant Data Servers. It is in charge of collecting and harmonising all the gathered information, and delivering it via two access ways:
Among the applications dedicated to the specific user needs, in the M-TRADE Demonstrator are included:
- The Intermodal Node Application (for Node Managers, Multimodal Transport Operators MTO, Shippers, Railway Undertakings etc.) based on the enhancement of a system named CCS (Cargo Community System, Sistemi e Telematica) for providing “door-to-door” T&T services and information along the entire multimodal supply chain.
- The Dangerous goods Application, for Transport Operators Authorities, and specialised Transport Operators, based on the enhancement of a system called DGIS (Dangerous Good Information System, Alcatel Alenia Space) for collecting positioning and sensors data and then monitoring dangerous goods alarms / T&T during transportation.
- Customised Web interfaces (that are part of the MMC): through web services an operator can collect and display goods information related to position, velocity, alarms and RFID data.
A graphical overview of demonstrative elements is shown in next figures:

M-TRADE Services

M-TRADE services are designed to maximise EGNOS differentiators for increasing safety and efficiency of the multimodal transportation:
In Note: Shunting - remote yard manoeuvres management
- Dangerous Goods T&T:
* Tank wagons remote localisation & visualisation on digital maps
* Geo-fencing (position & time wrt pre-defined path / time), alarming in case of deviation / unplanned stops
* Warning in case of anomalous conditions detection
- Perishables T&T:
* Reefers (specialised refrigerated swap bodies) remote localisation & visualisation on digital maps
* Goods temperature monitoring / identification details
* Shipment monitoring: “right destination / right time”, temperature
* Alarming in case of unplanned stops, goods information / temperature anomalous conditions.
- Containers T&T:
* Shipment remote localisation & visualisation on digital maps
* Correct loading & unloading of containers on a vessel.

M-TRADE Pilots

M-TRADE solution and services are demonstrated and validated in real-life pilots, in the following use case scenarios:
Multimodal transhipment of swap bodies carrying perishable goods (EGNOS for positioning and RFID use for temperature monitoring) along a real maritime port-rail-road chain;
Shunting operations at Bologna Freight Village (the use of EGNOS versus GPS will be validated, comparing the M-TRADE solution with the GPS-based present operative system);
Remote asset tracking of empty swap bodies along a Danube river path from Budapest to Vienna;
Tracking & tracing of tank rail wagons carrying chemical products along a maritime port-rail chain.

Collected data and user feedback are used to:
Assess applications for which EGNOS/Galileo differentiators have “market” value for the whole downstream value-chain, and related services can be successful commercially exploited also looking to the international nature of the freight trade;
Validate real business cases;
Prove use of GNSS (EGNOS) applications and services for:
- Remote asset tracking of goods
- Status monitoring and freight identification
- Safe transport of hazardous freight
- Mode transhipment and shunting
Provide guidelines/recommendations for pushing the adoption of GNSS (EGNOS/Galileo).

Clustered Project

Project Name
Synergies and Interface Description  
Use of integrity of the positioning and/or timing in liability-critical applications www.galileo-advantis.com
Information exchange in intermodal/multimodal transport operations with focus on the inland waterway segment www.alsodanube.at
User Audience for Dissemination and Awareness www.bravo-project.com
Galileo Services Introduction in Latin American  
Promoting dissemination and exploitation of the results of RTD projects of the 5th and 6th FP among enterprises and research units operating in the Central-European logistics and transport sector. www.centralloco.net
ECO4LOG Development of an east border corridor 4th party logistics service approach along the axis Brandenburg-Saxonia-Austria with neighbouring accession countries www.eco4log.de/
EGNOS-based end customer products as a market-ready solution.Terminal industrialisation and its demonstrations in operational environment


SISNET via GPRS - Conversion to RTCM www.newapplication.it/egnostran
ITS standardisation and reference architecture www.frame-online.net
Rail car asset management: to develop concepts and tools to track freight (using GNSS, UMTS, GSM..) www.civil.ntua.gr/f-man
EGNOS use in inland waterways www.galewat.org/GALEWAT.htm
EGNOS-based applications for multimodalityBusiness case for a real transport service provider www.newapplication.it/gauss
Freight Multimodal Payers identification and characterisationShunting application with GPS www.gildanet.net/the_project.htm
EGNOS and GALILEO use for rail non SoL applications (such as remote asset tracking, resource planning) www.grail-project.com/GrailWEB/htm/home.htm
Multimodal PlatformFreight Transport Applications and “door-to-door” services gifts.newapplication.it
Low-cost Galileo-Ready receiver implementation www.st.com/stonline/galileo/index.htm
GNSS enhanced position for safety applications telecom.esa.int/telecom/www/object/
Galileo and EGNOS for the Emergency Management, Humanitarian Aid and Law Enforcement www.galileo-harmless.com/index_eng.htm
INTERIM Integration in the intermodal goods transport of non EU states: Rail, Inland/coastal waterway modes  
EGNOS in AIS and RIS www.seatex.no/margal
Use of Satellite Navigation based technologies in the multimodal transportation (with focus on maritime) www.marnis.org
NOVACOM Services
Requirements for Internet Services platform for fleet management telecom.esa.int/telecom/www/object/
Project for the Development and Demonstration of Applications for Galileo and EGNOS www.ertico.com/en/activities/projects_and_fora/
Promoting Innovative Intermodal Freight Transport www.promit-project.net/
Standards and practises for dangerous goods safe transportation www.simtag.org
Requirements and user needs for safe and secure intermodal transport www.sitglobal.org/en/latest_news/
TREND Rail freight quality and conceptsRail freight user requirements www.trend-project.com

List of Deliverables

This is the complete list of the M-TRADE deliverables

Delivery Number Delivery Title Delivery Date Responsible
DD01 UC Critical Analysis Report T0 + 4M
DD02 UC Action Plan T0 + 7M TPZ


UC Results Analysis Report T0 + 18M Hitec
DD04 Final Report T0 + 18M TPZ

Project Management Plan
- (First version)
- (Final version)

DD06 Project Web Site
- (First version)
- (Intermediate version)
- (Final version)

T0 + 4M
T0 + 11M
T0 + 18M
DD07 Demonstrator Architecture & Design
- (First version)
- (Final version)

T0 + 7M
T0 + 11M
DD08 Demonstrator Assembly, Integration and Test Report T0 +11M TPZ
DD09 Demonstration Plan
- (First version)
- (Final version)

T0 + 7M
T0 + 11M
DD10 Project Progress Report 1
T0 + 3M
DD11 Project Progress Report 2 T0 + 6M TPZ
DD12 Project Progress Report 3 T0 + 9M TPZ
DD13 Project Progress Report 4 T0 + 12M TPZ
DD14 Project Progress Report 5 T0 + 15M TPZ
DD15 Project Progress Report 6 T0 + 18M TPZ
DD16 Dissemination Material
T0 + 18M TTS
DD17 Demonstration Results T0 + 15M SeT
DD18 Awareness and Dissemination Plan
- (First version)
- (Intermediate version)
- (Final version)

T0 + 4M
T0 + 7M
T0 + 15M
DD19 Executive Summary T0 + 18M TPZ
DD20 Analisys of Custom and Boarder Control Applications T0 + 18 LogicaCMG