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Subject:Progressing today towards the global trade and logistics networks of tomorrow: the H2020 PLANET project kicks off!

On June 17, the project PLANET ‘Progress towards Federated Logistics Through The Integration Of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network’, held its virtual kick off meeting. This 36-month EU-funded Research and Innovation Action funded under the H2020 programme officially started on the 1st of June 2020.


Philippos Philippou, R&D Senior Project Manager at eBOS, participated in the virtual kick-off-meeting which was chaired by Mr. Makis Kouloumbis, Program and Delivery Director of Inlecom Group, as Coordinator of PLANET. The meeting was attended by the project’s 34 partners and included  partners’ introductions, presentation of the vision and objectives of the project by the project coordinator as well as of an overview of the overall project expectations and guidelines by the European Commission. Partners also discussed the project’s work plan, challenges and risks identified and implementation schedules. 


PLANET aims at advancing EU’s leadership in global logistics flows, by efficiently interconnecting infrastructure (TEN-T, Rail-Freight Corridors) with constant consideration to geopolitical developments, current and emerging transport modes, and technological solutions. Ultimately, progress towards federated logistics is geared towards increasing the prosperity of nations, preserving the environment, and enhancing European citizens’ quality of life.
The project goes indeed beyond strategic transport studies and ICT for transport research, by rigorously demonstrating the emerging concepts (Physical Internet) and technologies (IoT, Blockchain) in three EU-global real-world corridors (China - EU- US). 

The project will focus on two key R&D pillars:

  • A Geo-economics approach, modelling and specifying the dynamics of new trade routes and their impacts on logistics infrastructure and operations, with specific reference to TEN-T; 
  • An EU-Global network enablement through demonstration of disruptive concepts and technologies (IoT, Blockchain and PI, 5G, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles /automation, hyperloop) which can shape its future and address its shortcomings.

The project will liaise closely with the European Technology Platform ALICE, in view of joining forces with other projects in this area. 


Three Living Labs (including the ports of Valencia (Spain), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Sines (Portugal) will contribute to the strategic analysis of global flows based on the corridors where they are located, the analysis of corridor infrastructure issues, and the investigation of integration of the respective global corridors with the TEN-T infrastructure. Furthermore, all Living Labs will investigate innovative ways to coordinate complex supply chains through multimodal corridors involving private and public stakeholders.


In PLANET, eBOS will advance knowledge in sustainable Trade Logistics corridors extending the company’s R&D activities and capabilities in two main areas:

  • Human-machine interfaces (HMI)
  • Intelligent front-end dashboards.

eBOS will develop a unified interface to EGTN data and support services. The main goal is to deliver a unified interface to communicate with all of PLANET’s Cloud-based Open EGTN Infrastructure components via suitable interfaces, including mobile devices and HMI touch panels. The unified interface will also support non-human interfaces, i.e. Machine to Machine (M2M), such as those used by Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT systems. The unified interface will be adaptable to the users’ needs with different access roles. 


Value-driven insights and analytics for management of the EGTN corridors and real-time state-of-the-system will be supported by customizable dashboards, by using pre-defined templates. Analytics will be delivered via visual data for easier and faster consumption and understanding by the end-user. These analytics will be filterable, segmented and will automatically show trends ensuring effective integration of the European to the Global trade corridors network. Furthermore, customised analytics will be delivered via drag-and-drop data visualization functions, which will enable users to assemble custom charts for the data they need to monitor.


More information about the project can be obtained from the CORDIS website