Embracing cloud computing for better coordinated logistics

The LOGICAL project team is developing an ICT tool that will enhance logistics services across Central Europe.

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The LOGICAL project tool is aiming to improve logistics services across Europe.© The LOGICAL project tool is aiming to improve logistics services across Europe.©

" Using the applications stored in the LOGICAL cloud, small and medium-sized logistics companies are able to use software in a whole new way, to better collaborate across borders their customers and partners. "

Jan Daske, Head of Business Development, SALT Solutions GmbH, Saxony, Germany

The integration of cloud computing into the daily routines of operators and infrastructure providers is the main goal of the LOGICAL project. The ICT tool aims at enhancing the interoperability of logistics businesses of all sizes. This plans to improve the competitiveness of central European logistics hubs by reducing transaction costs, while promoting the collective use of more sustainable transport methods.

Interoperability of logistics firms in Central Europe to boost growth

Because they are located between established EU Member States and emerging markets in the East, logistics firms in Central Europe have enormous potential for growth and increased employment. Realising this potential requires the ability to overcome challenges, like the rising demand for just-in-time delivery as well as the increasing environmental costs of cargo transport. Logistics hubs that want to remain competitive require interoperability of logistics businesses and studies show that cloud computing offers the perfect solution to allow a group of actors at one logistics hub to share operability.

The beneficiaries and users of this transnational cloud computing tool are small and medium-sized logistics enterprises that are limited by the high costs of licensing software systems. These enterprises can be more flexible and competitive by taking advantage of pay-per-use pricing for logistics software.

Connected hubs to increase cooperation and Central European integration

Overall, the LOGICAL tool strengthens the logistics’ sector’s penetration. It also increases efficiency through reduced transaction costs, while enhancing intermodal co-operation in a common cloud computing system. Moreover, the tool promotes Central European integration through a universal approach that other logistics hubs can follow. Furthermore, the project intends to provide with an online learning tool for capacity building of logistics actors, and incentivise the creation of business plans and a long-term maintenance agreement in order to ensure a durable usage.

The project is promoted by six infrastructure providers that are supported by economic development agents and logistics cluster associations. The partnership is completed by one research institute and two universities that have the capacity to deliver ICT solutions for the logistics sector.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Transnational LOGistics' Improvement through Cloud computing and innovAtive cooperative business modeLs” is EUR 2 943 876 of which the European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 2 363 446 from the operational programme “CENTRAL EUROPE” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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