The use of GNSS technologies in the freight transport market has grown considerably in recent years and a number of best practices, which were adopted at national or European levels, are now operational based on GPS combined with sensors and wireless devices.
The GSA FP6 project MENTORE (www.gnsstracking.eu) proved, through a technical/real-life demonstrative implementation and a resulting market validation, that the means of transporting dangerous goods is among the most promising and ready application for EGNOS. The market shows clear needs and requirements and is sufficiently mature to use EGNOS-based services.
EGNOS has evident opportunities in the short term in Europe and is preparing the global market for Galileo. EGNOS’ added value, compared to GPS, relies on its ability to provide accurate and guaranteed positioning, using the signal coming from the satellite (i.e. the EGNOS OS - Open Service) and the distribution of EGNOS data via EDAS (i.e. the EGNOS CS - Commercial Service) via a downstream service provider.
Because of its enhanced stability and accuracy, ENI, a leading Italian oil company operating at international level, is using EGNOS OS to monitor its fleet of more than 1 000 vehicles for the safe transportation of hydrocarbon via road and in the intermodal nodes in Italy.
SCUTUM aims to achieve an EU-wide introduction of EGNOS use in the transport management of hazardous goods. The project will implement a best-practice approach: the operational experience of an Italian oil company will be extended to two neighbouring countries, France and Austria, as a first step towards a large-scale adoption of EGNOS in the freight transport market and in Europe.
SCUTUM will enhance the ENI monitoring system to use EGNOS CS and operate it in large-scale trials involving 100 vehicles which transport hydrocarbon in Italy, France and Austria.
SCUTUM is launching and pursuing a concrete path for the use of EGNOS-based services for the dangerous goods transport market in Europe. The project will implement an EGNOS best-practice programme involving key players, combined with a standardisation effort and regulatory policy planning, at national level and in parallel with a cross-border basis as a first step, which will be further extended to other Member States and other freight types.
SCUTUM is conceived to be in line with European policies and Action Plans in support of the telematics applied to freight transport and the use of EGNOS/Galileo, such as the Directive for the Implementation of the ITS Action Plan, the Freight Logistics Action Plan and related eFreight principles.
SCUTUM plans to develop products and services ready for the commercial market and to launch the relevant standardisation.
The involvement of main stakeholders (institutions, authorities, goods owners/producers, transport operators, service/application providers and equipment manufacturers) will ensure the validation of business feasibility and benefits (both commercial and social).
By extending the ENI/Italian experience towards neighbouring countries (France and Austria), SCUTUM will provide an active contribution to future regulatory and standardisation processes with EGNOS and to the introduction of Galileo.
Elsacom S.p.A. AT Brimatech Services Gmbh
Comité Européen de Normalisation
Commission of The European Communities - Directorate General Joint Research Centre
European Intermodal Association
European Union Road Federation
Ministry of Ecology
Sustainable Development and the Sea
Interporto Bologna S.p.A.
Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transports