LOGIMATIC project has a total duration of 36 months and is divided into 8 work packages: 6 technical WPs for the development and testing of the proposed solution and 2 horizontal WPs for the management and dissemination of the project activities.

The technical work packages include the definition of the operational framework and system architecture based on the user requirements, the development and testing of the LOGIMATIC solution based on EGNSS localization and the definition of the business plan for the commercialization of LOGIMATIC.

The core WPs of the LOGIMATIC solution development includes the link of the solution with the existing yard management system as well as with the EGNSS and Galileo for the provision of a robust and reliable service.

The verification and validation of LOGIMATIC will be done by testing it in an straddle carrier under real life conditions in the port of Thessaloniki, including the development of a simulation tool for analyzing the scalability of the system.

Special attention will be given to the definition of the business plan for the commercialization of the proposed solution, engaging external stakeholders through an advisory board in the project since the very beginning in order to guarantee a short time to market of LOGIMATIC. This will be supported by a strong dissemination of the project in related events and fora.

Finally, the management of the project will ensure that all the activities are executed correctly and timely, having a smooth transfer of results between them in order to avoid delays or deviations from the schedule.

  • WP1 – Operational framework, system requirements and architecture definition
  • WP2 – GIS for efficient planning and TOS integration definition and development
  • WP3 – Integration of EGNSS and onboard sensors
  • WP4 – Reliable and robust service provision
  • WP5 – Integration and tests: Straddle carrier use case
  • WP6 – IPR Management and Business Plan
  • WP7 – Communication, Dissemination and link with other initiatives
  • WP8 – Project Management

User-driven pilot implementation

In order to foster EGNSS market adoption, the project workplan prioritizes piloting activities and tests in real life scenarios in front of simulations, maximizing the use of available signals.

An overall validation plan has already been considered which will be further analysed and elaborated at the first stages of the project (within WP1 and then revised in WP5) guaranteeing the functionality of the system and coverage of overall needs and requirements.

The validation plan includes a combination of certain System acceptance tests such as:

  • Different types of routes to be assigned and correctly followed by the straddle carrier (e.g. “L”, “Z” “π”, straight route etc.)
  • Automatic handling of different types of containers: 40 feet vs 20 feet
  • Automatic handling of containers at different stacking height: e.g. Picking a container stacked on the ground or in the upper position (when stacking two-high)
  • Loading (picking) a container by the straddle carrier
  • Unloading the container on the ground with specific precision
  • Different combinations of the above

The validation tests will also include collision avoidance tests, disrupted communications between GIS and on-vehicle system, satellite signal loss as well as test cases regarding the GIS-TOS interface and exchange of data.

A set of containers, logistics yard and a port vehicle (Straddle Carrier) have already been chosen as candidates validation assets by ThPA. In addition, during the project, ThPA will replace the existing mechanical traction with an electric one for the port vehicle, resulting in a direct reduction in fuel consumption and a reduction of the amount of CO2 sent to the atmosphere of 50% approximately.

ThPA has already identified a candidate validation yard to be used in the trials where the different tests will be performed. The yard offers free open space for initial validation with full GNSS signal visibility, and it also provides multipath and occlusion scenarios close to the ship-to-shore cranes and thanks to the possibility to stack containers.

Simulation for large scale impact assessment

Simulation will be used, however, to obtain a suite of dedicated models that will be developed for estimating the performance of the proposed solution as well as evaluating its performance when scaled up to larger areas within the port or transferred to other ports. The simulation model will be based on agent-rules and will include all the components of the system, providing the possibility of obtaining a detailed list of operational variables and parameters related to the performance of the system, which will be also used for the calibration of the systems.

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