Digitalization Brings Transparency to Freight Transports
The E12 project’s pilot tests the functionality of a new digital transport management system for cross-border freight transports
The E12 Atlantica Transport co-operation project between Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian partners continues the E12 route’s development work implemented by previous transport projects. This cross-border project, launched in early 2016, is coordinated by the Kvarken Council and divided into three work packages: a functional transport route for freight and passengers, the planning of joint cross-border strategies, and future co-operation structures.
The project is funded by the Botnia-Atlantica programme and tests, among other things, various transport-related pilots that aim to improve the transport route. One of the project’s pilots is a digitalized transport management system (TMS), which strives to increase the transparency and predictability of freight transports for all concerned parties.
The digital TMS pilot differs from transportation companies’ conventional transport management systems because it automatically produces real-time information for all parties involved in the dispatch, transportation and reception of said freight. It also enables the freight’s real-time tracking and the prediction of e.g. deviations in the form of delays, thus making it possible to react to them quickly. Furthermore, the system facilitates the easy identification of the date and time of in-transit damages. Unlike traditional transport management systems, the pilot allows direct contact between all parties concerned in the transport, and its use does not require equipment investments because it works via smartphones.
“Digitalization revolutionizes many conventional modes of operations and creates new possibilities for old systems. We wanted to bring a concrete advantage into freight transports via digitalization, and this TMS pilot seems to succeed in the task. The pilot has been tested along the E12 route in cross-border freight transports in order to study how the system really works,” says Ms Anna Måtts-Fransén, VASEK’s Logistics Specialist and member of the E12 project management group. “We want to create a truly useful digital transport management system, which is why we will analyse the test results thoroughly before we decide on any further actions.”
All of the transport chain’s parties benefit from the smartphone-based documentation of the new transport management system. The system has been developed by UpCode Ltd from Vaasa, Finland, by utilizing e.g. the company’s own experiences regarding cross-border freight traffic.
“The TMS pilot brings a new and more open way of thinking into transport management systems. This is why we’ve focused more on testing the functionality of the new idea than its technology when reviewing the system. We strongly believe that this system has numerous opportunities for further development,” states Mr Kaj Kankaanpää, UpCode’s International Operations Manager.
E12 Atlantica Transport - Ett samarbete mellan partners i Finland, Sverige och Norge längs E12-korridoren, som fokuserar på en funktionell transportrutt för gods och passagerare, gemensamma infrastrukturstrategier för gränsöverskridande planering och framtida samarbetsformer.
E12 Atlantica Transport partner
Kvarkenrådet (Lead Part, FI), MidtSkandia (NO), Blå Vägen (SE) Region Västerbotten (SE), Österbottens förbund (FI), Nordland fylkeskommune (NO), Vasaregionens Utveckling AB VASEK (FI), Umeå kommun (SE), Vännäs kommun (SE), Vindelns kommun (SE), Lycksele kommun (SE), Storumans kommun (SE), Infrastruktur i Umeå AB INAB (SE), Rana Utviklingsselskap AS (NO), Rana kommun (NO), Polarcirkeln lyfthavnsutvikling (NO), Mo i Rana Havn (NO), Mo Industripark AS (NO), Alastahaug havnevesen KF (NO), Helgeland Havn IKS (NO)