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Methodology

The Smartfusion project is predicated on delivering innovation, demonstration, impact assessment and transferability. The project has a clear view of the main goals for all the public and private partners, but also recognises that the exact nature of the innovations and the demonstrations needs to be localised in each demonstrator region. It begins with 80% of the proposal clearly envisaged, but it will be essential to address the crucial 20% through concertation and consensus.

The methodology to achieve this can be summarised as:

Design and Monitoring Frameworks, utilising PPMS methodology to deliver a Design and Monitoring Framework for each city-region, with a clear statement as to the goals that the innovations will address. Workshops will be held in Newcastle (UK), Berlin (Germany) and the Lombardy region (Italy).

Innovation and development is one of the core parts of the project and the participants come to the project with clear goals and objectives, guided by the localism required by the city-regions (informed by Design and Monitoring Frameworks), innovating both to that objective and to the internal goals of the private partners. Innovation and development is broken down into 4 main sections: vehicle innovations; green planning & routing; urban-interurban logistics innovations; policy innovations.

Demonstrations of the innovations, in a local context. These are run in the city-regions, using the design and monitoring frameworks, with the developed innovations and with a view to providing measurements.

Impact Assessment and Smart Urban Freight Designer delivers both a harmonised and standardised analysis and impact assessment for the demonstrations, but also a standardised impact assessment methodology for urban freight initiatives. This has been lacking in all European initiatives in this field for 4 decades. With the development of the Smart Urban Freight Designer, the project goes beyond the previous knowledge-sharing tools and encapsulates the project's work for future use.

 


 

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This Project is being funded by the European Commission, 
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 285195