Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:28

Inte-Transit

 

Title: Integrated and Interoperable Maritime Transit Management System -- Inte-Transit
Contracting Authority: ERDF-MED Programme

Contract Number: 2C-MED12-05 ERDF

Start Date: 01/01/2013
End Date: 30/06/2015

Project Website: http://www.inte-transit.eu/

 inte-transit

INTE-TRANSIT will aim to enhance information management systems currently used in ports and in their logistic activities areas through the definition of an integrated management model involving public and private organizations and devising a common and harmonized Mediterranean processes and indicators map. INTE-TRANSIT will also promote an ICT solution towards monitoring and positioning of port containers improving traceability, visibility and transparency of transport of goods in the MED.

The Mediterranean (MED) Sea Basin has and will continue to be a vital space for circulation of goods with significance beyond the interest of countries directly involved. MED ports and maritime commerce handled through them have been a boost both for regional and European Economic development. Circulation of goods/capitals within the MED sea faces a number of challenges and under this general theme, INTE-TRANSIT will achieve better logistic organization of MED ports and their logistic activities areas – by making use of new ICT technologies- and establish a cooperation framework between relevant stakeholders in the MED countries for best practice exchange, cooperation and personnel training

More specifically, INTE-TRANSIT will be focusing on the following:

  1. Strengthen communication links between i) ports and relevant authorities across the MED Basin, ii) all relevant actors in the maritime transfers and iii) ports and their logistic activities areas, through the use of modern ICT technologies that will be used to enhance information management systems
  2. Define an integrated management model involving public and private organizations (in ports and their logistic activities areas) and devise a common and harmonized MED processes map and indicators. This will lead to more efficient ports interoperability and a relevant improvement of the flow of goods, cargo traceability, visibility and transparency
  3. Provide a training framework for ports and logistic areas personnel (administrative/managerial and labour workers). Training sessions will be provided towards the Ports, Port Authorities, Logistic Activities Areas Managers and Logistics partners, focusing on logistic/security frameworks, transportation tracking mechanisms, ports’ telematics infrastructures as well as modern ICT technologies towards improved communications/cooperation
  4. Execute 5 pilot projects to demonstrate improvement of logistic systems and port operations using the proposed new INTE-TRANSIT technologies. Two different sets of pilots will be executed to the involved ports: 1. Application of ICT technologies on container/cargo tracking/monitoring, 2. electronic tool/platform to implement the management model designed including the scoreboard associated
  5. Develop/execute a best practice exchange framework for exchange of experience within the project as a sustainable means of communication beyond the project. Exchange visits will be focusing on knowledge gaining and awareness development on port modules (logistic organization, enhanced goods traceability, improved quality assurance)
  6. Develop information awareness activities regarding dissemination towards results spreading to local and regional authorities and related target groups including project website, leaflets and poster, logo and the organization of 2 workshops.

SEAbility’s role and activities inside the project:

  • Leading the INTE-TRANSIT Dissemination Activities and Workshops Organization
  • Contribution on training and exchange visits tasks and establishment of a wide group of stakeholders
  • Contribution to the requirements extractions with the role of Transportation consultancy, freight forwarder, port user.
  • Contribution to the pilot activities related to Container Monitoring and Localization
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:28

Use it wisely

Title: Innovative continuous upgrades of high investment product-services -- Use-it-wisely
Contracting Authority: European Commission FP7
Contract Number: 609027
Start Date: 01/09/2013

End Date: 30/11/2016
Project Website: https://use-it-wisely.eu/about-use-it-wisely

                                                                                                                                

Use-it-wisely is a European Union research project, funded under the FP7 framework, which will run from 2013 to 2016. The project draws on the world class knowledge of twenty partners from all over Europe, who are all leaders in their respective fields including: energy, machinery, space, office workspace, vehicles, ship building, furniture, academia, research, dissemination and exploitation.

The project is focused on the end-user. It will enable European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets, the changing business environment, and customer goals by demonstrating the state of the art business model and platform, which enables lifelong adaptation of high investment product-service. The adaptation is accomplished by a purposeful and demand-led sequence of innovative continuous product-service upgrades. The project will go through vital steps to ensure a successful outcome. These include: platform development, the design of prototypes, testing of prototypes, demonstration and execution, and key communications and exploitation tasks.

Key actions:

Use-it-wisely will develop and demonstrate the adaptation platform consisting of the following three elements:

1) A multi-disciplinary actors-product-service system model;

2) An adaptation mechanism based on the knowledge and skills of all actors involved with the system;

3) An interactive collaborative distributed environment, where the partners work out the adaptation steps.

The Use-it-wisely approach will result in a scientific breakthrough by creating and validating a holistic systems engineering structure that combines human-machine systems, product lifecycle management, business and organizational dynamics and lifecycle assessment.

The Use-it-wisely approach is unique as its application dimension is made up of six Clusters combining research institutions and industries.  Clustering is as advantage as it exploits the existing strong links between the research organizations and industry, allowing for a more productive project and in turn, greater benefits for the end user.

Benefits:

1) Product scope: high investment, durable, long service life, one of a kind or highly customized products (the longer the life, the more the opportunity for upgrades);

2) Application scope: human-system integration issues (human-related uncertainty is handled by the human actors in the adaptation loop);

The Use-it-wisely project will deliver significant benefits for Europe, by enabling European Manufacturers to provide products and services capable of adapting to new customer goals and rapidly changing markets. The project will investigate a new business model that implements continuous product-service adaptation through a sequence of small innovative steps.

SEAbility was a participant in Cluster 5 offering end-user consultancy services and acting on behalf of large naval firms in purchasing or modifying boat transactions. The cluster focused on the lifecycle of small craft passenger boats that are made of composite materials. The goal was to develop a user-friendly, dynamic, information-rich technical metafile for the vessel that included all aspects of the vessel including; initial customer specifications, required regulations, shipyard designs, final sea-trial data and post-delivery surveys and inspections.