The objective of the ECOPMS Project (the French acronym for: “Shared Services Platform for Multimodal and ECO-responsible Logistics”) is to offer an innovative approach to multimodal logistics systems. The project launched with a road and rail transport focus and is being extended to embrace other modes of transportation. The ECOPMS represents the establishment of a shared- service platform that manages both the physical flows of goods and the flows of information.
As logistics relate to physical transport movements as well as the flow of information, it is essential to have a high degree of traceability in both flows for multimodal transport.
In addition, ECOPMS Project aims to encourage the use of rail as an alternative mode of transportation. It also targets operators of short distance freight lines, by facilitating the combination of cargoes from different owners (shippers).
The ECOPMS Project organisation participates in the “Grenelle de l’Environnement”’s ambition to promote sustainable transport and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse- gas emissions. It brings together major players in this field: Objectif-OFP (rail operator), Modalis (logistics consultant), BDRS (rail operator), Ferrivia (rail operator), ECOMODAl (multimodal transport operator), The Port Authority of Le Havre and H-LOG (multimodal systems).
In order to improve the environmental performance of transportation, supply chains need to be reconfigured and eco-responsible solutions, combining rail and road, need to be developed. This combined- mode solution must offer clients a competitive service that is both simple and attractive.
The ECOPMS project has fostered research on the development of a multimodal transport solution (for rail/road/waterways) by bundling cargo from different shippers, by developing a shared information platform for them and by implementing the combined- service platform through demonstrators on certain routes. ECOPMS’s objective is twofold: to allow the different transport modes to function independently and efficiently (including the independent management of eco taxes, transportation functions and traceability) and to improve the inter-operability of transport modes in areas such as physical meetings, communications, dematerialization and traceability of products.
The shared platform developed as ECOPMS has been implemented as a “cloud” which is deployed with the help of Orange Business Services. The cloud can assemble different logistical offers, constituting a true “ecosystem” or network. Cloud computing gives access to digital services via different channels, from internet access to mobile accessibility through phone and tablet, and offers a high level of availability and security. The platform also gives immediate, wide geographical coverage.
The ECOPMS Project focuses on three main areas:
The services available through the logistics cloud developed by ECOPMS could be extended throughout Europe to promote:
The implementation of ECOPMS beyond the French case is currently being investigated in the Smart-Rail project funded by the European Horizon 2020 Programme; it explores innovative ways to improve and promote rail freight services.
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“The ECOPMS initiative helps French OFP (short rail operators) to build an offer that is better adapted to the industry’s needs – Ferrivia Rail services company implements this concept and has already found clients that are switching over to rail transportation.”
-Jean Pierre Zerr – Sales Manager – Ferrivia SAS