Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

The CLOSER project - joint European research for more efficient freight and passenger transport

19.11.2012
Characteristics such as the efficiency of planning processes, the proximity of highway or platform access and the annual growth rate of freight or passenger volume – these are examples of indicators for analyzing and assessing interchange terminals. Within the EC-funded project CLOSER, such case studies have been carried out in several European cities.

CLOSER – Connecting Long and Short-Distance Networks for Efficient Transport - deals with interconnections between short- and long-distance transport networks, aiming at the improvement of door-to-door movements of both passenger and freight transport by co-modality, i.e. the efficient use of different traffic modes.


One example for the efficient combination of road and rail-bound freight transport: terminal in Lovosice, Czech Republic.

© Fraunhofer IVI

Eight partners from seven European countries are cooperating in this transport research project, which is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.

In CLOSER, the Fraunhofer IVI, together with other partners, was responsible for the coordination and for identifying and analyzing current mobility trends for passenger and freight transport. These include the increased use of containers in transport, new technologies such as electromobility, the development of pedelecs, peoplemovers and many more. In addition to regional and national trends, themes within European mobility such as mobility management and strategies, policies as well as measures enhancing sustainable mobility behavior of citizens and sustainable transport of goods were the focus of the project work.
The results will be published in the form of three guidebooks, which will also contain the outcome of the case studies, providing decision support in planning or upgrading of interchange terminals. The case studies were carried out in the cities of Leipzig, Thessaloniki, Lille, Helsinki, Vilnius, Constantza and Oslo.

During the final conference of CLOSER, which took place on 13th November in Prague, the project results were presented to an audience of researchers and other stakeholders. Members of the Policy Advisory Group, an institution of experts which the project partners consulted throughout the project duration, were also present. One of them is Dr. Paraskevi Kapetanopoulou, researcher at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University.

She acknowledges the achievements of CLOSER: »Particularly in freight logistics, no sufficient amount of data has been collected so far which can be used by operators of terminals to improve their efficiency. By acquiring and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data of various interchanges, the project CLOSER presents a first step towards a comprehensive account of the situation in Europe.«

Contact

Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation
and Infrastructure Systems IVI
Ingrid Nagel
Traffic and Transport Information

Phone +49 (0)351/ 46 40-695
ingrid.nagel@ivi.fraunhofer.de
Bettina Adler
European Business Development & Press

Phone +49 (0)351/ 46 40-817
bettina.adler@ivi.fraunhofer.de

Elke Sähn | Fraunhofer-Institut
Further information:
http://www.closer-project.eu/
http://www.ivi.fraunhofer.de/en.html

More articles from Transportation and Logistics:

nachricht From parking garage to smart multi-purpose garage
19.07.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

nachricht Efficient and intelligent: Drones get to grips with planning the delivery of goods
12.07.2017 | Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

All articles from Transportation and Logistics >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information

Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. The results have been published in Physical Review X.

For several years, researchers have been trying to use the spin of an electron to store and transmit information. The spin of each electron is always coupled...

Im Focus: The proton precisely weighted

What is the mass of a proton? Scientists from Germany and Japan successfully did an important step towards the most exact knowledge of this fundamental constant. By means of precision measurements on a single proton, they could improve the precision by a factor of three and also correct the existing value.

To determine the mass of a single proton still more accurate – a group of physicists led by Klaus Blaum and Sven Sturm of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear...

Im Focus: On the way to a biological alternative

A bacterial enzyme enables reactions that open up alternatives to key industrial chemical processes

The research team of Prof. Dr. Oliver Einsle at the University of Freiburg's Institute of Biochemistry has long been exploring the functioning of nitrogenase....

Im Focus: The 1 trillion tonne iceberg

Larsen C Ice Shelf rift finally breaks through

A one trillion tonne iceberg - one of the biggest ever recorded -- has calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, after a rift in the ice,...

Im Focus: Laser-cooled ions contribute to better understanding of friction

Physics supports biology: Researchers from PTB have developed a model system to investigate friction phenomena with atomic precision

Friction: what you want from car brakes, otherwise rather a nuisance. In any case, it is useful to know as precisely as possible how friction phenomena arise –...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Closing the Sustainability Circle: Protection of Food with Biobased Materials

21.07.2017 | Event News

»We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs«

19.07.2017 | Event News

The technology with a feel for feelings

12.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system

21.07.2017 | Earth Sciences

Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

21.07.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Vortex photons from electrons in circular motion

21.07.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>