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First Smartfusion Newsletter Released

The first issue of the Smartfusion newsletter is now available to download, this issue includes:

  • Editorial
  • Smartfusion at a glance
  • The Smartfusion demonstration sites
  • Smartfusion kick off meeting in London, 14-15 May
  • Local stakeholder workshops:
    • Como 8-9 October
    • Newcastle 13 November
    • Berlin 22-23 November
  • Collaboration with EU freight-related projects
  • Join the Smartfusion enhanced transfer programme
  • Upcoming events

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Second Phase of Local Stakeholder Workshops

The second series of Smartfusion Stakeholder Workshops will take place in Febuary and March 2013

Each city-region will, with the mutual support of all stakeholders, demonstrate innovations that are tailored to their unique socio-economic, cultural and geographical environment, whilst at the same time carrying out a standardised monitoring and evaluation programme. In more detail:

  • Berlin, Germany on 18th Febuary. During the course of the project Berlin will demonstrate integrated technology solutions linking emission threshold information along delivery corridors from the urban interurban transhipment center Grossbeeren to the inner city with the propulsion steering of 2nd generation hybrid trucks and shipment planning optimisation approaches.

  • Como, Italy on 6th & 7th FebuaryDuring the course of the project Como will demonstrate a remote monitoring system for full electric vehicles enabling a dynamic mission management integrating energy forecasting procedures and algorithms for urban interurban shipment planning.
  • Newcsastle, United Kingdom on 7th MarchDuring the course of the project Newcastle will demonstrate collaborative approaches for urban interurban shipment planning and execution among shippers, logistics service providers and municipality implementing last mile services using electric trucks.

 

Evaluation of the outcomes of these demonstrations, together with analysis of the critical factors in the increased market uptake of these innovations will be combined in a tool (named the Smart Urban Freight Designer) that will allow other urban policy makers, users and operators to consider the potential applicability of these solutions in their cityregions and supply chains.

During the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge of urban freight transport. These workshops are the second part of a two-phase assessment allowing stakeholders to share knowledge and resources for cleaner, more efficient goods movement.

More information will become available shortly, in the mean time if you would like to know more about any of the workshops please contact the project This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Close-up SmartFusion: Como participating in the EU project to streamline the delivery services of goods.

"It's called SmartFusion and is a project of the European Community for the improvement of urban logistics, which involves 14 partners from seven countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Germany, Sweden) including Lombardy Region. "SmartFusion aims to rationalize the services of the urban distribution of goods with a view to reducing pollution and traffic, with three experiments: in Berlin, Newcastle and Como," said the commissioner of Commerce of the Lombardy Region Ms. Margherita Peroni, speaking at the presentation to the Chamber of Commerce of Como.

The trial in the city of Como, medieval city and then a suffocation risk if the traffic is not well organized, provides, inter alia, the testing of electric and hybrid vehicles in the distribution of goods, the rationalization of routes with the use of systems Advanced Navigation with particular attention to the improvement of dangerous goods and how to use the logistic platforms.

"The objective of the demonstration project in Como - said the commissioner Peroni – “is testing a remote monitoring system for environmentally friendly vehicles capable of allowing dynamic management of activities, integrating forecasting of energy consumption and algorithms for scheduling deliveries in urban and interurban”. Our commitment - said the councilor – “is to improve the quality of life in our cities and in accordance with the economic realities of the citizens. In this battle we are not alone. The European Union is with us. "

The project will last three years (from April 2012 to March 2015) and will be financed, by the European Community as part of the 7th Green CAR program, FP7 framework.

The Original Article (in Italian) can be found online at FERPRESS - Milan, 8th October 2012

Newcastle Stakeholder Workshop - November 2012

The first Smartfusion Stakeholder Workshop took place place in Newcastle on 13th November 2012. The workshop was attended by twenty-five delegates, representing local policy makers, freight operators, industry stakeholders, and experts. During the course of this workshop, participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge of urban freight transport.

The day was in two parts: a morning of presentations, including ITS Tools for Urban Freight Distribution (PTV), Innovative Vehicles Technologies for City Logistics (Smith Electric) and Urban Consolidation Centres (Clipper Logistics), followed by an afternoon session consisting of stakeholder consultation, in line with the Smartfusion Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF) process.

The Workshop had the following objectives:

  • Devise an action plan for future freight operations in Tyne & Wear, based on the needs of all stakeholders.
  • Identify what ‘success’ in sustainable urban freight looks like
  • Introduce monitoring systems to save energy and money; furthermore increase sustainability at a company and city-region level.

sg ncl dmfStuart Gair (Product Support Manager, Smith Electric Vehicles Europe)
explaining the operation of the Smith 'Newton’ zero-emission van.

 

This workshop was the start of a two-phase city assessment to allow stakeholders to share knowledge and resources for cleaner, more efficient goods movement, both in the city and in the wider region.

There are plans to hold a further workshop in January 2013, with a follow up workshop in February 2013. If you are interested in this event and would like to find out more, or attend subsequent workshops, please contact the project co-ordinator at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Tom Zunder (Smartfusion Co-ordinator) with the Smith 'Newton' electric vehicle.

DMF Train the facilitator Workshop

The project is supported by the application of the Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF) methodology within Work Package 1 (WP1), which is an evolution of the Logical Framework Analysis. Both these methodologies have been used widely by NGOs, financing institutions such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and the European Commission to reach consensus and create support for selected solutions through intensive stakeholder consultation.

Read more: DMF Train the facilitator Workshop

Local Stakeholder Workshops

The first series of Smartfusion Stakeholder Workshops will take place in October and November

Each city-region will, with the mutual support of all stakeholders, demonstrate innovations that are tailored to their unique socio-economic, cultural and geographical environment, whilst at the same time carrying out a standardised monitoring and evaluation programme. In more detail:

  • Berlin, Germany on 22th & 23rd November. During the course of the project Berlin will demonstrate integrated technology solutions linking emission threshold information along delivery corridors from the urban interurban transhipment center Grossbeeren to the inner city with the propulsion steering of 2nd generation hybrid trucks and shipment planning optimisation approaches.

  • Como, Italy on 8th & 9th October. During the course of the project Como will demonstrate a remote monitoring system for full electric vehicles enabling a dynamic mission management integrating energy forecasting procedures and algorithms for urban interurban shipment planning.
  • Newcsastle, United Kingdom on 13th November. During the course of the project Newcastle will demonstrate collaborative approaches for urban interurban shipment planning and execution among shippers, logistics service providers and municipality implementing last mile services using electric trucks.

 

Evaluation of the outcomes of these demonstrations, together with analysis of the critical factors in the increased market uptake of these innovations will be combined in a tool (named the Smart Urban Freight Designer) that will allow other urban policy makers, users and operators to consider the potential applicability of these solutions in their cityregions and supply chains.

During the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge of urban freight transport. These workshops are the start of a two-phase assessment allowing stakeholders to share knowledge and resources for cleaner, more efficient goods movement.

More information will become available shortly, in the mean time if you would like to know more about any of the workshops please contact the project This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

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