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ecoTAURuS To Speed Up And Optimise The Loading And Unloading Process In Multi-Modal Terminals
EcoTAURuS is an innovative e-transport solution for real time truck – terminal collaboration and planning of actions. The new service has been designed specifically to speed up and optimise the loading and unloading process in multi-modal terminals and has been supported via the European FP7 Research and Development EcoHubs project (http://www.ecohubs.eu/).
ecoTAURuS delivers a service that allows stakeholders around a group of terminals to increase their effectiveness and optimize their operations through the seamless integration of truck appointments systems and the consolidation of unit status data from multiple sources. The system is suitable for terminal and intermodal operators, trucking companies, truckers, and dispatchers. The service is also bundled with complementary security, environmental and marketing services depending on the type of terminal or port.
ecoTAURuS has been designed and configured to run on smart mobile phones and belongs to a new breed of terminal software services which can be seamlessly integrated with back office systems, able to connect and exchange information with systems regardless if these are made of Legacy or Web 2.0 enabled technologies. ecoTAURuS at the same time supports both process efficiency and environmental improvements.
To ensure its effective functionality in real-world situations, ecoTAURuS was conceived and built based on the requirements of terminal operators IFB & Adria Kombi and provides unit order management, integration with multiple terminal and other systems, trip order management, trucker mobile interface, automated incident notifications, information exchange/authentication and measurement.
ecoTAURuS delivers benefits for both terminals and trucking operators including optimized terminal operations, improved synchronisation between truck and rail scheduling, improved terminal customer experience, low cost, easy to use information sharing, improved terminal public image, reduced CO2 emissions optimized Trucking Operations and improved control and customer Service.
The overarching EcoHubs project is also developing a range of complimentary services to ecoTAURuS, which are driven by leading European intermodal terminal operators. All these services will be made available through the EcoHubs Ecosystem delivering common innovations including business innovations, technology innovations and capacity building. The EcoHubs infrastructure also supports the implementation of innovative Value Added Services by enabling the configuration and setup of applications, integrating specialised components for end user functionality delivery, data exchanges and information provision. The infrastructure is highly flexible acting as a network enabler and solution provider at a fraction of the cost of older technologies allowing terminals to upgrade their systems and SMEs to join the digital economy.