SENATOR aims to create a new urban logistic model
for enhancing the sustainability of cities.
For this purpose, the project will develop a smart network operator, as a control tower supported on an ICT Platform that will work as a support tool for decision making, integration and planning of all logistics operations. In consequence, it will minimize the negative impacts that this distribution causes in the cities and will constitute an effective means of collaboration between agents (citizens, operators, transporters and administrations).
In order to test its effectiveness, SENATOR will be validated in a real environment in 2 Living Labs: in Zaragoza (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland).
The project will help city councils to manage, under a 360-vision approach, sustainable transport policies in an optimal way connecting freight flows into urban planning.
SENATOR will try to solve some of the challenges of logistics in urban, metropolitan and peri-urban areas such as:
- The increasing demand for products by users/citizens.
- The increase in associated costs and the atomisation of the sector.
- The congestion caused by the distribution of goods in urban centres.
- The resulting environmental consequences.
The European Union is facing the need for sustainable urban development due to the demographic evolution in cities. The percentage of the total EU population living in urban areas is increasing, the traffic flow is inefficient, and the consumer trends are shifting in towards e-commerce.
The project proposes a change of paradigm in urban freight & logistics addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) within 2030 Agenda:
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
SDG 9 Industry innovation and infrastructure
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 13 Climate Action
The main objective of SENATOR is to provide 4 governance schemes for urban planning policies: User demand planning, Transport planning, Freight & Logistics planning and City infrastructure focused
Promote better urban mobility governance by strengthening the capacity of European urban municipal authorities at urban planning level
Foster a common logistics operation framework under European legislation focused on ensure equal labour conditions for last-mile delivery services
Promote more citizen centred and socially inclusive logistic services
Enable new market opportunities and prosperous growth on the urban logistics delivery services
Ensure project replicability for future EU actions
Decrease by 10% CO2 emissions and pollutant concentration and reducing noise levels
Decrease urban congestion
Increase modal shift up to 10% and ease a flexible management and communication of diverse transport assets in logistics from cargo vans to zero emission transport modes and active transport
Increase urban provisions and reliability of logistic plans
Ensure the success of all urban logistics and safe last‐mile operations
Use case definition & requirements analysis / Correos
WP1 will cover user, data and IT requirements as well as security assets.
Operation & Execution for dynamic planning using simulation and learning / SAG
WP2 will cover dynamic re‐planning based in data visualisation and monitoring systems simulation of relevant scenarios via patterns and forecasts obtained by machine learning methods, allowing smart decision‐making tools.
ICT platform integration and services implementation / Deusto
WP3 will include the integration of the results obtained into the ICT platform comprising the 4 modules already explained [1) OPM + 2) MFM + 3) SRM + 4) DUI] and providing the envisaged services in the user interface (front End).
Urban planning validation & Governance tools / RINA‐C
WP4 considers the development and validation of sustainable urban planning activities by means of defining a set of new strategies to define SUL&MP governance tools, providing a robust policy framework.
Sustainable on‐demand urban planning & Living labs / Correos
WP5 will test, evaluate, and demonstrate the feasibility, effectiveness, sustainability and suitability of each Urban Living Lab (ULL) performance, as EU use cases, to validate the SENATOR multi‐collaborative smart network, as a 360° integrated solution and new understanding of urban planning.
Business models / MDST
WP6 includes the development of new dedicated business models and business plans for the exploitation of urban logistics applications and services. Key target users, exploitation results and mechanisms are also addressed.
Social awareness, stakeholder engagement, dissemination & communication / Zabala
WP7 addresses the integration and social assessment phases needed to introduce the new logistic approach proposed by SENATOR involving stakeholders and citizens in a co‐creation environment to raise awareness. Dissemination and communication strategies aimed at reaching the target audience of the project with the desired message.
Project Management / Correos
Management and reporting tasks for a successful implementation, including project coordination activities, quality assurance and interactions with the EC, Advisory Board members and other H2020 initiatives.
Ethics / Correos
The project implementation will involve the recording and processing of personal data, which will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.
Zaragoza (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland) will be the two pilot sites where SENATOR solutions will be tested, readjusted and improved to fit the changing real‐life environment at small scale within urban environment.
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SENATOR project wants to develop a solution that integrates these four layers into one platform, that resembles a “control tower”. It aims at aggregating the existing demand regarding urban last-mile logistic services and matching it with available resources (e.g. vehicles) and infrastructure (e.g. parking places) in order to satisfy all existing needs in a sustainable way.
Correos began in 1716 as a public service, for and belonging to everyone. It is part of the everyday life of citizens, companies and institutions, making their lives easier. Correos is a place they can trust, which champions innovation to help serve its customers.
The Correos Group operates in the physical and digital communications sector and in the parcel services market. It is leading the non‐urgent transport segment and is a reference for the e‐commerce sector. Correos is part of the SEPI Group, a holding company which covers 15 companies in which it has a direct majority participation, with a workforce of more than 74,000 employees.
The aim of Correos Group is to provide a global service to its customers, which will satisfy the communication, parcel services and business requirements, through any channel and within any delivery time, with the support and trust offered by the parent company for more than 300 years. To this end, Correos, the main company in the Spanish postal market and one of the main operators in the services for e‐commerce sector, complements its activity with that of its subsidiaries: Correos Express, Nexea and Correos Telecom.
The University of Deusto has over 125 years history and is currently offering 39 degrees on the domain of engineering, business administration, social sciences, law, arts and health, and 50 masters and 22 Executive programmes. The University of Deusto participates through a multidisciplinary team, namely DeustoTech, linked to the Faculty of Engineering.
DeustoTech‐Mobility unit, created in 2007, is committed to respond to the current and future needs of society and industry in the field of mobility and transport, relying on the research of new technologies. The activity of the unit focuses on research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for application in the sector of transport, mobility and logistics. This research can contribute to the development of Intelligent Transport Systems, which can improve the mobility of people and goods, making it more sustainable, smart and comfortable.
Zaragoza is the 5th largest city in Spain and the first to create a “Smart City Department” which currently comprises a staff of 15 people. Innovation and sustainable development are key in its strategy Zaragoza 2020.
The Zaragoza City Council is the main transformation actor in the city. It is the public, democratic and constitutional institution of the City that promotes its improvement and stands close to the citizens. The Council manages the environment of the city and, through different actions, aims to improve its quality. The main role of the Smart City Department is to act as a link between knowledge and R&D centres, established businesses, entrepreneurs, creators, citizens, urban managers and researchers, at a local, national and international level.
Dublin City Council is the largest Local Authority in the Dublin region and it is responsible for the social, economic, infrastructural and cultural development.
Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve life in the city region. Smart Dublin’s aims to support and stimulate regional economic growth and innovation, drive public sector efficiencies and to promote citizen engagement and increased transparency and participation in local government.
The City Centre Transportation Projects Team of Dublin City Council was established to carry out the Dublin City Centre Transport Study, which establishes a framework for how Dublin City’s transport network can be redefined to cater for increased demand.,The Study will facilitate Dublin with an opportunity to grow as a city both physically and economically, whilst also creating a better public realm which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Software AG is the leading European system software manufacturer with the most complete business process and service platform to help organizations to achieve their business objectives faster. The company’s big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service.
Within the project, Software AG will bring in its expertise reaching from requirement analysis, and real‐time messaging and event detection of services.
Having access on a vast portfolio of base technologies, results from LOGISTAR will be integrated fast to provide a data collection mechanisms and an interoperable information infrastructure integrating different services and sources, data streams from heterogeneous sources, and historical records.
MDS Transmodal (MDST) was established in 1983 and has developed into a unique business providing specialist research, consultancy and information services to the world’s transport industry.
The company’s main activities are focused on the economics of freight transport and logistics and cover urban logistics, road and rail freight, ferries and short sea shipping, ports, the deep‐sea container sector and intermodal movements, as well as inland waterway transport and air freight.
MDST focuses on quantitative analysis and its knowledge of relevant markets and transport economics allows it to develop models that simulate entire transport markets, at a macro‐level, and the financial position of individual companies and the commercial viability of a service at a micro‐level.
RINA is a global corporation that provides services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors through a global network of 170 offices in 65 countries. Through its 3.700 talented professionals, RINA provides a wide range of high‐quality tailored solutions aiming to back up the market operators across the entire life cycle of their projects.
RINA will be mainly involved in the project through its operational company RINA Consulting, which provides a wide range of services covering the whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialized technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management.
ZABALA is a Spanish SME (over 200 employees) with large experience in Social innovation, Social awareness and Stakeholder engagement and in Management of RTD Innovation activities, with more than 16 years working for social development, international cooperation, project management and human rights all around the world.
It is a consolidated RTD and Innovation consultancy firm working across Europe on these fields since 1986. ZABALA currently provides, on a contract basis, consultancy services related to RTD and innovation management to a portfolio of 600 organisations (including SMEs, big companies, RTD centers, universities and public organisations
Its Social Innovation project department and the International department, the ones actively linked to this project, are comprised by a remarkable team of specialists (technical staff, lawyers, social experts, economists) with a big experience on the execution of social innovation and innovation management of projects.
DOTGIS is a big data start‐up founded in 2016 that deals with geospatial analytics (Location Intelligence).
Geospatial analysis offers a lot of possibilities for organisations to enrich their services for their customers or to help make better and smarter decisions.
The company is focused on the geolocalizable databases of large private corporations and public institutions and develops a functional application that gives them an incredible added value and a competitive advantage when managing the business using maps.
Among its founders, there is more than 15 years of experience in the execution of mapping projects and development of GIS solutions in renowned research centres.
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research‐intensive universities. Today UCD is Ireland’s largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy (APEP), involved in the project, combines academic with professional education and the creation of knowledge with its application in the real world. Each discipline draws on the approaches and techniques of the others and is enriched by this interaction while maintaining its own integrity.
The research clusters in each School are interdisciplinary in nature with a wide variety of theoretical approaches, involving academics with a diversity of backgrounds, principally in the areas of design and planning, city‐making and place‐making, GIS and urban modelling, sociology, public health, regional and urban planning, transport planning, surveying and urban economics, and environmental economics. The UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab, funded in 2017, has experience in other four H2020 projects, as well as in several national projects.