Phase I – “Critical Analysis”

During this phase, M-TRADE performed a critical analysis of the present need and utilisation of position technologies and services in the multimodal freight transport User Community, in view of EGNOS/Galileo introduction, by:

  • Outlining a panorama of the multimodal transport chain, main players and decision makers;
  • Assessing the requirement for position-related information, taking into account operations, practises, standards and regulations already in place and trends;
  • Analysing the present use of positioning technologies and the impacts of introducing EGNOS/Galileo (main technical and non-technical aspects - i.e. “service enablers”);
  • Assessing main open points and barriers, hindering the introduction of EGNOS/Galileo, and possible actions/framework for facilitating and removing barriers;
  • Identifying “key applications”, exploiting EGNOS/Galileo differentiators;
  • Evaluating EGNOS/Galileo added value, in terms of social and commercial benefits, market interests and forecast at short and medium-long terms (2010, 2015-2020);
  • Identifying priorities and relevant applications for the User Community (“priority applications”) for which EGNOS/Galileo differentiators have “market” value and related services can be successful commercially exploited;
  • Exploring business opportunities for the whole downstream value-chain and the Galileo operators, also looking to the international nature of freight trade;
  • Identifying necessary steps, guidelines and recommendations, to pursue and maximise the introduction and deployment of EGNOS/Galileo based solutions in Europe and in the world for the User Community, in short and medium-long term scenarios.

Freight multimodality User Community involves a wide range of heterogeneous stakeholders and decision-makers. Regulation framework has been recognised as a key “enabler”. GSA/public sector is perceived to play a fundamental role in facilitating and stimulating EGNOS/Galileo use through the establishment of proper laws and promotion of strategies/policies.
EGNOS/Galileo “priority applications” for the freight multimodal market are the following:

  • Node/Terminal yard management, including planning and monitoring of all those activities that can guarantee the best performance within the terminal and the best use of all its facilities - Shunting operations (application supporting the composition of different trains on different tracks);
  • On-route/Supply chain monitoring and “door-to-door” delivery, including localisation and monitoring of remote asset position, goods condition, time of delivery/collection, change of transport mode - Perishable and Dangerous goods tracking and tracing

For them, a business model has been assessed, and a preliminary market analysis and evaluation of cost/benefit have been performed as well.
These applications will be demonstrated in the trial campaign during phase II of the project.
The collected data and feedback will be used in the frame of phase III of the project, as valuable inputs for:

  • Validating 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;
  • Refining the real business cases;
  • Providing guidelines/recommendations for pushing the adoption of EGNOS/Galileo in the sector.


Phase II – “Implementation”

M-TRADE Phase II has a duration of 11 Months, and consists of three main steps:

  • Identification and definition of the “M-TRADE Action Plan”
  • Specification and implementation of the M-TRADE Demonstrator
  • M-TRADE pilot execution and result collection.

The first step was concluded by the end of April.
The project team is presently performing the second step tasks, for the Demonstrator development/integration and definition of the real pilots to be successively carried out.

The “M-TRADE Action Plan” outlines actions/necessary actions to be undertaken for the introduction and deployment of M-TRADE EGNOS/Galileo based technologies and applications in:

  • Short (2010) and
  • Medium-long (2015-2020) terms.

Taking into account results and outputs of the Phase I – Critical Analysis and contributions of users involved in the project, the “M-TRADE Action Plan” details practical actions, basically those considered mandatory/high-priority, allowing the early uptake of M-TRADE applications and services, and successive full-scale deployment:

  • It includes the present realistic snapshot of a possible M-TRADE services implementation roadmap
  • It identifies the operational guidelines for the "M-TRADE EGNOS/Galileo way path” in the freight multimodality market sector.

Based on a common decision of GJU and M-TRADE Consortium members, the “M-TRADE Action Plan” is a public document (freely downloadable from the M-TRADE Web Site, Document —› Public Section):

  • Its contents will possibly evolve in the course of EGNOS/Galileo development evolution
  • It is expected that the identified short-term plan is sufficiently reliable and well defined, while changes will probably affect mostly the medium-long term plan
  • It gives suggestions and ideas for further research initiatives towards the set-up and provision of pre-operative GNSS/M-TRADE services in the considered market segment
  • It will support the work for the possible preparation of the National ITS Strategic Plan.

Complying with what was anticipated in the proposal, M-TRADE proposes among short-term actions, a real-life trial as an effective and direct tool for:

  • Technology and application testing
  • Service demonstration
  • Validation of opportunities and operational benefits
  • Creating awareness and increasing knowledge of GNSS
  • Performing proper training to stimulate user acceptance towards introduction of new technological and service tools.

M-TRADE Demonstrator related activities are part of the M-TRADE Phase II second and third steps.
During this phase, a new activity started last July with the aim of evaluating the introduction of M-TRADE EGNOS technologies and services in Customs and Border Control Applications.
On 20th September 2006, M-TRADE hold the 1st Workshop in Budapest at Bilk premises, involving participation from GRAIL, BRAVO and EUREWA projects. Stakeholders and actors from the freight transport sectors attended the event. “GNSS role (opportunities and obstacles)” in freight multimodality and synergy with other related initiatives were the main topics of the discussion.
M-TRADE Workshop in Budapest launched the starting of the Demonstration campaign.
The photos of M-TRADE workshop and Bilk Kombiterminal are available in the public documents (workshop repository).


Phase III – “Results Analysis”

This page will be available at the end of the Phase III