The ePIcenter applications represent actual solutions for real life challenges the industry is facing. To trial and test the ePIcenter solutions in real life conditions, 13 end-users are involved, representing major logistics and supply chain organizations.

Partners collaborating in these demos are: AB Inbev, Den Hartogh, DHL, Beijing Trans Eurasia International, PKP (Polish rail operator), Panasonic, Volkswagen’s daughter logistics company GVZe, Astazero, STENA, Port of Algeciras, Port of Antwerp, Port of Montreal, Duisport. These use cases are further detailed during the project life time to guarantee their relevance for the current world situation.

Rail connection Port

ePI-Link demonstrators

The ePI-Link demonstrators focus on the integration of Global and TEN-T networks by considering international trade routes from Asia and North America, and their linkage with the European transport system and logistics operations. They connect the physical, operational and digital (information) layers of supply chains and establish the optimisation of logistic operations by creating end-to-end visibility and the implementation of AI algorithms for (real-time) transport planning and scheduling on these trade lanes.

Examplary use cases are:

  • optimisation of hinterland connectivity through end-to-end visibility and integration with maritime and terminal operations and scheduling,
  • Synchromodal planning and scheduling for liquids and dangerous goods logistics,
  • impact assessment of new transport connections between Asia and Europe.

ePI-Node demonstrators

The ePI-Node demonstrators focus on the validation of new logistics technologies and the optimisation of multimodal transfer zones (hubs, ports, terminals). They simulate the impact of new concepts such as Hyperloop and autonomous vehicles (Pods), modular containers (Connectainer), and innovative freight flow strategies operating in the logistics node of the future.

Unloading Container Ship

This helps nodes to consider and compare different scenarios, understanding their impact and supporting (strategic) decision making.

Examplary use cases include:

  • future applications of Hyperloop in fast-moving just-in-time supply chains,
  • impact of autonomous vehicles on efficiency and freight flows around major logistics hubs,
  • the potential for innovative modular containers to reduce empty repositioning costs and resulting congestion in global supply chains
Arctic shipping
© Aker Arctic

Arctic demonstrator

The Arctic demonstrator provides a detailed technical assessment and demonstration of the ePIcenter environmental and wildlife friendly navigation tool, that reduces the impact of shipping and logistics on the environment.

It focusses on 2 aspects:

  • whale and ice collision avoidance
  • fuel usage optimisation algorithms

These highly innovative techniques have many applications but the Arctic environment is of particular concern currently. ePIcenter will show how this ground-breaking approach can make global shipping operations more sustainable and efficient while minimising impact on wildlife in the oceans.