A new international research project, the 5G Blueprint, is
investigating how teleoperation can be used to make transport and logistics
Made up of a public-private partnership from the
Netherlands, Flanders, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, the 5G Blueprint has
been granted a subsidy of €10 million by the European Union to investigate how
transport and logistics can be made more efficient with the aid of remote
control (teleoperation) technology – including across borders.
The project with commence on September 1, 2020, and run for
three years. A consortium of 28 members, including The Dutch Ministry of
Infrastructure and Water Management, the Flemish Department for Mobility and
Public Works, the port authorities North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp, the
business community and the academic sector, will participate in the effort to
develop new standards for teleoperations.
Teleoperation of vehicles and vessels
The project will investigate how exchanging real-time data
to and from vehicles, between terminals and vehicles and between vehicles and
their head offices can contribute to greater efficiency in the supply chain and
help mitigate driver shortages. The aim is to be able to remotely steer and
support vehicles and vessels.
This is expected to not only improve the accessibility of
the North Sea Port (Vlissingen, Terneuzen, and Ghent) to Antwerp logistics
corridor but also to increase employment and strengthen the competitive
position of that area. New 5G telecommunications technology will be one of the
New standard and working method
The 5G Blueprint project will also investigate digital
technologies and telecommunications. The project will look at safety, costs,
and benefits, division of responsibilities, collaboration, and standardization.
The insights and lessons gained from the research will be
applied to operations in the local region while the goal is to also create a
new standard and working method as a blueprint for other areas and sectors.