While the general public often only thinks about transport issues in terms of the movement of people, it is important not to underestimate the global importance and challenges involved in the movement of goods. As an island nation, the UK is particularly prone to the pressure of congestion on its ports (often with a knock-on effect for surrounding roads), since around 95% of the country’s incoming freight arrives by sea.
The Transport Systems Catapult’s participation in the SISTALS (“Solutions for Integrated Seamless Transport Across Land and Sea”) feasibility study helped demonstrate the value of a fully integrated vehicle and freight tracking system that could be used to increase fuel efficiencies and reduce the impact of congestion, whether at sea, in ports or on the road – with the scope to also consider rail freight issues in the future.
As well as assessing the status quo, the initial SISTALS report also put forward a series of possible solutions and improvements including prototype equipment and innovative web-based services. These are now due to be tested in a major In-Field trial that will help to demonstrate their readiness for application in the “real world”.
Project status: Feasibility study delivered; In-Field trial being prepared
Project partners: Chronos, Aimes