(Multimodal TRAnsportation supporteD by EGNOS) is a project
co-funded by the Galileo
Joint Undertaking (GJU) in the 2nd call of a 6th Framework
M-TRADE started in September 2005 and has a duration of 18
M-TRADE goal is to promote the introduction and deployment
of GNSS (EGNOS
technologies and applications in the multimodal freight transport
M-TRADE implements and validates an end-to-end “solution”
providing user-oriented GNSS services for freight containers
and swap bodies tracking & tracing (T&T), and evaluates
their introduction in Customs and Border Control applications.
M-TRADE services fulfil user needs and operative requirements,
for increasing safety and efficiency of the multimodal transportation:
• “In-Node” – Shunting and Terminal
- Remote asset and resource localisation
- Freight tracking & tracing (including perishable and
Real-life demonstrations and trials
are implemented to:
• Prove the validity of the M-TRADE
solution, in terms of main “service enablers”
(such as technology, services, user benefits, acceptance,
impacts on operations and procedures);
• Assess applications for which EGNOS/Galileo differentiators
have “market” value for the whole downstream value-chain,
and related services can be successful commercially exploited;
• Validate EGNOS / Galileo use in real business cases;
• Create awareness towards the target audience;
• Provide guidelines/recommendations for stimulating
the introduction of EGNOS / Galileo in the considered segment.
The pilots are set up over combined
maritime-road-rail-river freight chains, involving the:
• Genoa maritime-rail-road port
• Bologna rail-road Interport
• Budapest rail-road Interport.
As a result, M-TRADE contributes
to the exploitation of freight multimodality, as in line with
EU policies of a sustainable transport (in particular the
White Paper) and enhancement of international trade.
M-TRADE Phase II was completed and Phase III has started:
» A one-month demonstration campaign was successfully performed from week 43 to week 46 of 2006
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