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Project description

The Project aims to implement a series of light infrastructures and IT services, to maximise the use of logistics infrastructures in order to support the expected increase in freight traffic.

The Project includes the following activities:
-Design and implementation of a Port Community System on a national scale; a Freight Village System to improve the efficiency and organization of logistics nodes; Drive Belt, an interconnection system which enables Public Entities to collect and analyze big data, the Buffer System Module, a set of services to manage inland ports in concert with linked sea ports.
-Enhancement of the cyber security to protect the entire IT system

Rodolfo De Dominicis

CEO and Chairman of UIRNet S.p.A.

Rodolfo De Dominicis was born in Naples, he holds an Honors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Naples and a Masters Degree in Applied Probability and Reliability from the University of California (Berkeley).
Professor of "Methods and models for the analysis of the value of the business," Federico II University, Naples.
Chairman and CEO of UIRNet SpA - National System of Integrated Logistics and Intermodal

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Country, Region

Italy [Liguria]

Start date

January 2017

Estimated project cost

EUR 60 million

Sector

Multimodal Nodes (ports, airports, stations, logistic platforms)

ICT Infrastructures, including Broadband

Asset ownership

Mixed

Project type

Operational

Project status

Partial financing secured

Revenue type

User fees

Expected Jobs created

200

Economic rationale / Business Model

The opening of two of the most important European infrastructures will offer the best opportunities to improve the logistics network. The St. Gotthard and Mount Ceneri rail tunnels will offer increased freight capacity from northern to southern Europe and vice versa (The Rhine-Alpine Corridor is at full capacity).
This increase will lead to the saturation of the logistics system if not managed correctly. It is necessary therefore to intervene with light infrastructures, i.e. powering IT solutions, which will provide an intelligent system to manage supply chains by regulating access to ports and rail terminals. This will maximise the efficiency whilst maintaining the same material infrastructures. Greater accessibility to the markets of Central Europe will involve the ports of northern Italy which, in turn, will need to capitalise on existing infrastructures and take advantage of neighbouring logistics facilities (freight villages, rail terminals), through wider process integration.
The project duration should be 60 months.

Financing details

Project financing secured: EUR 30 million (50 %)

Financing source: Private

3 key players: UIRNet (project owner),the Port Authority of Genova (the manager of the Port) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (which regulates the activities).
Some of the activities provided for in the project (50%of the total cost) have been financed by the Decree Law n.109/2018(art. 6), converted into Law 130/2018 (see also the Decree n.15/2019 of the Extraordinary Commissioner attached). Therefore, UIRNet is seeking a loan of 30M Euros over a 5-year term for the residual 50%.

The promoter has received / applied for EU / EIB financing support related to this project.

Project additional information

This Project is part of an overall scheme launched in 2005 and which is continually being updated.
UIRNet has realized investment of about 50,5 million Euros, covered mainly with national and EU funds and partly by private funds (about 8,3 million Euros). The PLN (Piattaforma Logistica Nazionale) already provides a set of services and actions concerning information on interoperability to the operators of road and logistics infrastructure and will provide up-to-the-minute information to support the logistics IT system. The availability of light infrastructures such as smart gates, tracking systems, buffer areas for fast goods management are also necessary for an optimum tracking of traffic flow in ports and in rail terminals.

Publication: 14/10/2019 | Last update: 14/10/2019

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