Research: using real time traffic data for city logistics in Amsterdam (NL)

Within the Accelerator TKI Dinalog program ten new consortia started to work on new research for knowledge and innovation in logistics in March 2017. One of the projects is ITSLOG. This project examines how real-time traffic data can be used for city logistics. The consortium is led by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Scientific partner in ITSLOG are TNO, CWI and Technical University Delft. A pilot will be done with Ahold Delhaize and Peter Appel Transport as a next step in their successful retail control tower with Simacan.


ITSLOG focuses on city logistics in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA). The focus is on deliveries to food shops, convenience stores and consumers. The consortium is led by dr. Walther Ploos van Amstel, City Logistics lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).

What is examined in ITSLOG?

The project will determine whether available loading and unloading zones can be related to the actual position and the estimated time of arrival of trucks on the loading and unloading zone, at the store or home address. In addition, on the basis of these data, and real time traffic data, unified buffer and rerouting instructions are generated which will be processed by onboard computer systems and can be communicated to the drivers. The effects of real-time rerouting and buffering trucks are analyzed on the basis of real time information about the traffic and the availability of loading and unloading zones. This functionality is of important value for improving urban mobility.


Who benefits from ITSLOG?

Several parties will benefits from the outcome of ITSLOG: carriers and shippers can reduce fuel costs and transport costs, make better schedules, optimize use of their fleet, the capacity of loading zones gets more reliable and transport companies can increase the speed and reliability of deliveries.

Receivers of deliveries will get better information about arrival times of trucks and have less traffic around their stores improving safety and reducing congestion. Local government can make better use of existing infrastructure and improve their local traffic control by using available data.

Partners in ITSLOG

The consortium to work on this study on the use of real-time traffic data in city logistics includes: AUAS, Simacan, Ahold Delhaize, Peter Appel Transport, Amsterdam Logistics Board, Amsterdam Economic Board, Province of North Holland, Amsterdam City Region (Vervoerregio), City of Amsterdam, TNO, CWI and Technical University Delft.

Source: Amsterdam Logistics

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