Here is the Day 1 Report.
One of the most interesting topics discussed on day 2 was that of urban freight management, which remains an interesting challenge despite a reasonable amount of work (and somewhat reasonable amount of progress in this field). One of the reasons that this sub-field generates a significant amount of interest is because of its impact on a very sizable amount of human population, as more than half of human population on earth lives in urban areas. So, in this respect, cooperative systems and intelligent cargo has great potential for enhancing the operational efficiency of city freight logistics.
Adrian Coronado started things off by talking about Cluster use for logistics operations and wireless vehicular networks in urban port areas. Really, not a bad attempt at putting the focus of ITS applications in logistics. DSRC and WAVE standards enable logistics clusters and thereby, knowing the current location of goods. Adrian presented some nice simulations based on OPNET and ACE. Message payload consists of truck information only and does not include V2V communications.
Christophe Poteloin from PRESSTALIS presented their finding on optimizing local deliveries using smart freight consolidation. The benefits to the retailers are clear, and the benefits to PRESSTALIS are self evident. The start up cost however is the space for freight consolidation. Using a model based on networking of available capacities, PRESSTALIS envisions a community of logistics providers. Perhaps Christophe’s talk should be called “Community System for Local Deliveries”. Can NX CCS be a starting point for such a community system?
Bertrand David from Ecole Centrale de Lyon reported on urban logistics and sustainable development. Attempts to classify urban deliveries into 3 ways, based on the size and the frequency of the deliveries. Presented some interesting prototypes of driver screens which contain advice to the driver with a sequence of delivery stops. (And you thought that the TSP – Traveling Salesperson Path was an academic problem?)
Volker Braun from mm-lab presented a telematic system for waste disposal logistics. They offer a commercial service to waste management companies, to manage their routes while minimizing costs. (The Waste Management companies can in turn have end consumers sign up and pay a monthly fee for waste disposal.) This isn’t unlike the waste disposal in the US, but the situation is a bit more complicated due to the added onus in Germany to separate the waste into a million different kinds, instead of just waste and recyclable, as it is the case, at least in Virginia, if not in the entire US.
One of the components of the solution is the scheduler that dynamically adjusts the waste collection routes, thereby making the route planning a central planned activity, and then distributing the route to the trucks. (And you still thought that the TSP was an academic problem, huh?)