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Kick-off year : 2012 Title : coHerent measures and environmental interventions to debottleneck hUBs of the multimodal netWork fAvoured bY Seamless flow of goods Programme : 7th Framework Programme Status : Completed Link :



On the 28 April we organised a joint dissemination event of the FP7 projects EcoHubs, SWITFLY Green and GreCOR in Brussels.


10:00                     Welcome and introduction to the workshop

10:15                     Presentation of EcoHubs

10:30                     Presentation of GreCOR

10:45                     Presentation of Swiftly Green

11:00                     The Swiftly Green toolbox - Development Plan and need for input

11:30                     Presentation of specific results from EcoHubs as potential input to toolbox

12:30                     Lunch


(discussion in smaller groups - moderated by various project partners)

13:30                     Workshop I - Project results and possible transposition to other contexts

14:15                     Reporting back from workshop

14:45                     Coffee break

15:15                     Workshop II - The overall greening concept in intermodal transport

16:00                     Reporting back from workshop

16:30                     Summing up and end of the day




The EcoHubs demonstrators showed their products during this session. The products are specifically addressed to terminals and their users, in particular trucking companies and intermodal operators.

Date: 4th December 2014 - 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union - Room “Heine” - Rue Montoyer 47 - 1000 Brussels










10:00 – 10:15

EcoHubs: Introduction

Mr. Caldeira
BMT / Coordinator

Vision - PDF

10:15 - 10:45

Demonstration I

ITEC (eco-efficiency calculator for terminals)

Mr. Deiterding


10:45 - 11:15

Demonstration II

CCIS - Container consolidation and Interfacing System

Mr. Pedersen


11:15 - 12:00

Demonstration III

ecoTAurus - truckink system appointment

Mr. Kouloumbis


12:00 - 12:20

Demonstration IV

MetricHub - a system for exchanging data

Mr. Hodgson

MetricHub - PDF

12:20 - 12:50

Demonstration V

The IBI demonstrator

Mr. Aulicino


12:50 - 13:00

Conclusions and closure of the workshop

Mr. Caldeira
BMT / Coordinator

The pictures of the workshop are available under the following address:




Well-functioning, environmentally friendly co-modal transport networks rely on efficient and green hubs. Efficiency and sustainability is further enhanced in the network if cooperation between hubs and other relevant stakeholders enables re-orchestration of functions in the network when congestion and other factors impacts efficiency and sustainability.

EcoHubs provides models and capabilities for cooperation and communication between the hubs and for establishing value added services making co-modal networks attractive to use and, at the same time. In addition, EcoHubs shall contribute to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants of the hubs.

EcoHubs will cover the the following Research Topics: a Cooperative Model for Green Hubs (CMGH) enabling low-carbon, resource-efficient intermodal services, the elaboration of an Ecostym allowing a faster communication, shared resources and synchronised actions within the hub and creation and integration of common Value Added Services into the Ecosystem in order to ensure the maximisation of the terminal resources. All concepts and prototypes will be tested in various demonstrators.

The consortium is composed by 14 partners with a project duration of 36 months, beginning in November 2012.




Terminal operators are under a dual pressure: the economic crisis is causing previously unseen fluctuations in traffic, whilst increased the short-term cost-pressures. Simultaneously the climate crisis is pressing the transport sector to innovate to reduce its overall environmental footprint as much as possible. This creates a contradiction between short-term measures taken to reduce costs and long term measures taken to improve capacity utilisation and energy efficiency. The common challenge for intermodal terminals is how to address the changing economic environment as well as the environmental demands (see figure below).

The EcoHubs vision is to support terminal operators achieve the right balance between ‘economic’ and ‘environment’ measures. Industry trends and stakeholder analysis carried out in EcoHubs indicate

  • the economic need for intermodal terminals to change their passive role in transport-chains and corridors into an active one
  • the environment need to adopt environmental issues linked as much s possible to operational efficiency improvements

The successful terminal of the future should take an active value-adding role in the transport chain. It should act as an economically and ecologically sustainable link contributing measurable to the overall efficiency of intermodal transport-chains. Further it should be capable of quickly reconfiguring its service offerings in response to changing demand and requirements.

This shift from a passive role to an active role in the intermodal will be based on four pillars:

  • Collaborative environment & models
  • ICT infrastructure
  • CO2 assessment
  • Measuring tools




The CCIS system - The Container Consolidation and Interfacing System

The Container Consolidation and Interfacing System (CCIS) is targeted to terminal operators. It comprises three modules that may be acquired separately or together as a whole – without any modifications to existing ICT systems: information sharing module, an Information transformation module and a consolidation/de-consolidation module.


Intermodal Terminal Eco-Efficiency Calculator (ITEC)

The Intermodal Terminal Eco-Efficiency Calculator (ITEC) is a tool developed to the maturity of a prototype which:

  • calculates the energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance of intermodal terminals including all relevant operations;
  • identifies the terminal’s “hot spots”, i.e. the main energy consumers and processes;
  • points out the impact of “greening measures” already implemented and anticipates effects of planned measures.


Ecohubs Truck Appointment & Unit Reporting Status Services (ecoTAURuS)

ecoTAURuS is a set of versatile services (and where required interactive applications) that allow stakeholders(terminal operators, trucking companies, truckers, dispatchers, etc.) around a group of terminals to effectively optimize their operations through seamless integration of truck appointments systems and consolidation of Unit status data from multiple sources (multiple TOS, Trucker mobile interface).


MetricHub - A system for exchanging data, metrics and insights

MetricHub is a low cost, lightweight and flexible system that allows organizations to capture data, calculate metricsand detect eventsthen share these results in real time with internal and external stakeholders so that they can monitor their activities, identify problems and improve their operations’. It provides:

  1. A way of capturing data generated by multiple systems without high integration costs
  2. A flexible way calculating meaningful KPIs/metrics over that data.
  3. A way of detecting events and creating notifications when these events are detected.
  4. Charting capabilities to allow people to analyze the results.
  5. A simple way to allow selected external people to access selected metrics in real time.


Bolano - A system for Bolano - La Spezia and Napoli

The BOLANO demonstrator has set distinctive and incremental priorities regarding the "terminals of the future" aiming at positioning them as dynamic and collaborative facilitators for the whole transport network. Thus, the emphasis has not been put only on upgrading the quality of the internal processes but especially on introducing added value services for the whole community and terminals increased competitiveness and market share. In this context, innovative concepts and related ICT tools are developed i.e.: transport/Terminal Services Publisher (T2SP), the cargo consolidation in the terminal network, based on the "Proximity Network" concept and the mobile repair services sharing.



Related documents
The CCIS system EN
Bolano Proximity Network EN
MetricHub EN
ecoTAURuS FactSheet EN
Summary of the workshop EN
ecoTAURuS - commercial EN
Bolano Terminal Service Publisher EN
Bolano Repair Services Publisher EN