By Christophe Reynaud, Innovation Manager at MGI
A low ecological footprint makes for improved performance
Cargo Community Systems are meant to increase the competitiveness of port and airport communities. Performance criteria are constantly changing with organisational, regulatory and technological changes in international trade. The key factor, however, remains smooth flows, which is measured in time. This time factor has been supplemented by security (post 9/11 regulations) and openness, to provide increased visibility to hinterland service providers. Today, port and airport players face a new challenge to reduce the ecological footprint of their activities.
CCS, green by nature
From the beginning, and by their very nature, MGI’s Cargo Community Systems have had a positive impact on ecological footprints. By improving the integration of processes within communities, physical flows are handled much more efficiently, limiting unnecessary movements and preventing terminal congestion. This reduces energy consumption for terminals and road hauliers, and thereby reduces harmful emissions. This community approach has been the catalyst for a range of individual initiatives to optimise processes, such as the development of appointment systems by terminal operators. Also in terms of processes, the role of community information systems in reducing ecological footprints has increased with the introduction of new transport systems. They make sustainable solutions (river and rail) more competitive than road transport, as inland waterway/rail shipping procedures are now replaced by transfers between temporary storage facilities.
Ecological footprint: a key performance indicator with the Ci5 Cargo Intelligent System
The Cargo Intelligent System disrupts the classic Cargo Community System approach, which focuses on optimised process management. Thanks to its service-oriented architecture, Ci5 offers optimised use of data related to the environment. Ci5 collects information from sources other than organisational applications, including from Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) which manage infrastructure flows, and IOT systems installed on transport vehicles (trains, trucks) or equipment (containers, trailers). These new capacities increase the functional spectrum of the community information system, increasing our knowledge of flows in real time, and helping make decisions that take into account the environmental factor. In this way, Ci5 reconciles economic development and the social acceptability of port and airport activities.
Beyond this operational dimension, Ci5 uses the latest technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, to certify practices with zero or limited ecological footprint, or to predict volumes and make decisions on the basis of a large number of parameters, optimised to include the environmental factor.
Throughout their history, Cargo Community Systems and their recent incarnations, such as Ci5, have been essential tools for pursuing the ecological transformation in which transport and logistics industry professionals are engaged, and building the green ports of the future together.