TECH OFFER

Last Mile Digital Platform

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Infocomm - Big Data, Data Analytics, Data Mining & Data Visualisation
Infocomm - Mobility
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Spain
ID NUMBER:
TO155478

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

We combine a dozen different technologies to provide a solution to address urban distribution congestion, emissions, cost and social distancing problems.

The solution is based on a proprietary combination of algorithms to optimize routes with trucks or vans, with legal, environmental, emissions and other city or zone-specific restrictions, that adds functionalities to manage:

  • Pick-up, transport and delivery operations
  • Track & trace transport in real time
  • Continuous contact with drivers to provide the support they need
  • Provision of vehicle and driver ID details and on-demand updated estimated time of arrival information to pick-up and delivery points, to eliminate the need for drivers to leave the cabin and reduce downtime
  • Obtain contactless proof-of-deliveries and collections by mobile phone and/or leveraging blockchain, and maintaining social distancing.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • Developed with Open Standards following state-of-the-art Infrastructure as Code, programming and DevOps practices.
  • Accessible through a best-practice developed RESTful Architecture Web API with robust enterprise-grade authentication and fine-grain authorization mechanisms.
  • .NET back-end, MS-SQL database on Microsoft Azure.
  • .NET Core Optimisation Engines implemented on Debian virtual machines that run on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or IBM Clouds.
  • Validated as line-of-business application by Microsoft and Honeywell.
  • Designed to scale from day one. Certified on Microsoft Azure, planned in AWS and IBM clouds.
  • Driver support app is developed in native Android. Limits the ability to use the smartphone camera, take screenshots etc. and ensures deletion of all pick-up or delivery data once the service ends, for security purposes. All information is securely transmitted to the .NET back-end.

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Road transportation of goods is relevant to all industries dealing with physical products, from mineral mining to agriculture, to urban goods delivery or urban refuse removal.

It is a major source of energy consumption, and therefore an area with a lot of room for improvement in cutting emissions and mitigating its environmental impact.

Our solution is designed and built to be industry-agnostic, enabling adoption of circular-economy approaches and more importantly, breaking the chronic digital divide of the highly fragmented transport industry, accelerating its digitalization.

It has the potential to help tackle a range of global challenges, from supporting smart cities to agriculture transformation, making peoples' lives safer, healthier and greener.

Market Trends & Opportunities

This technology has a market opportunity of several billion dollars. Targeted users are private or public companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that pick-up, remove or deliver goods, and provide off-premises services in cities with a population size exceeding 50.000, that make up over 75% of population worldwide.

Europe target markets are the 20.000 companies that make urban distribution in the 800 European cities exceeding population size of 50.000, that make up over 70% of the population.

USA target market is about the same size than European. That is more difficult to enter, demands higher investment and follow-up. It is however simpler to scale and cheaper to serve for having a single language and state laws that are more homogeneous than the European ones.

Benefits

Our technology provides up to 30% congestion and emissions reduction, and up to 25% of cost reduction with current vehicles.

It helps cities and companies to design, implement and manage disruptive and sustainable urban goods distribution models. It manages any public-private entities partnership, cooperative, collaborative and/or co-opetitive formulae of current transport service providers.

It bridges the digital devide of a very fragmented transport industry. Over 90% of transport drivers are self-employed, work in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or in the gig economy. They have limited access to technology, are essential to keep society provisioned as we have seen since the COVID-19 outbreak, but are also very vulnerable and exposed to contagion. Transport drivers have been infected substantially more than healthcare workers, becoming a contagion vector.

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