SENATOR’s annual progress meeting in Dublin: Advancing urban logistics and mobility

An Post hosted the gathering on the 26 and 27 October in its headquarters in the Smart Docklands District


On September 26-27, 2023, the SENATOR project marked a significant milestone in its mission to improve urban logistics and mobility during its third Annual Progress Meeting. Hosted by An Post, Ireland’s national postal services provider and a key partner in the SENATOR project, the event brought together prominent companies, institutions, and universities from the transport and mobility sector. An Post hosted the gathering at their headquarters in the cutting-edge Smart Docklands District, promising insightful discussions and collaborations aimed at shaping the future of urban transportation.

Collaborative progress meeting

A highlight of the event was a live demonstration in Dublin showcasing loading bay sensors, which were installed as a part of the Smart Loading Bay Pilot. These sensors provide real-time data on bay availability for deliveries, enabling delivery companies like An Post to streamline their operations. Effective loading bay management in cities like Dublin can significantly reduce traffic congestion, emissions, and improve traffic flow, benefiting both businesses and fostering a more sustainable and liveable urban environment.

SENATOR partners in the Smart Loading Bay Pilot

An integral part of the two-day meeting also featured sessions focused on enhancing collaboration and coordination among the various Work Packages in SENATOR project. Moreover, other relevant meetings like the Exploitation Board (EB) meeting, the Project Management Board (PMB) meeting, and the Project Technical Committee (PTC) meeting.

SENATOR consortium meeting in Dublin

Project partners also had the opportunity to visit An Post’s Dublin Mails Centre to witness their logistics in action, gaining insights into the planning behind managing Dublin’s bustling mail and package flow.

An Post’s Dublin Mails Centre visit

Mission for sustainability

The meeting witnessed the convergence of representatives from 11 partners, spanning five EU countries, within the SENATOR project consortium. Notable participants included Correos, the University of Deusto, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento, Smart Dublin (Dublin City Council), Software AG, MDS Transmodal, RINA, Zabala Innovation, DOTGIS, and University College Dublin.

SENATOR is dedicated to optimizing urban logistics with a focus on sustainability. At its core, the project has developed a smart network operator and advanced ICT Platform currently undergoing real-world testing in Zaragoza (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland). The European Union funded it and launched it in September 2020 as part of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

III Progress Meeting 

The success of the third Annual Progress Meeting underscores the commitment of all project partners to drive positive change in urban logistics, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and efficient future for cities.


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