Smart Logistics

Smart Logistics is about organising the flow of goods better and smarter. Smart planning, control and execution is fundamental. Logistical and mobility data will play a major part in this. This must be acquired and also exchanged. The task of Smart Logistics within SmartwayZ.NL is therefore focused on the processes where logistics affects road traffic: concepts that are (almost) ready for large-scale implementation.

What do we wish to achieve?

We see exponential growth in traffic congestion with economic growth. Not only on the motorways but also on local roads and in urban areas. New asphalt is not enough to save the day, and that’s why we are looking for alternative mobility concepts. Concepts with lots of users, including those in logistics. And that is what we are doing in the Smart Logistics Programme. We have four objectives:

  • Increasing accessibility and safety on the roads in the South Netherlands district.

  • Developing an innovative programme, which creates economic gains for the region.

  • 10 to 20% Smart Logistics users among through-traffic for freight.

  • 30 to 40% Smart Logistics users among local freight traffic.


The programme (2017-2020)

In order to achieve these goals, a programme has been developed on the basis of six principles. These have been selected on the basis of the amount of interest and contribution from logistical parties, viability and the contribution to the goals at SmartwayZ.NL.


  • Real time insight into freight traffic using a data dashboard

    The data dashboard makes various mobility flows visible in ‘real time’: freight traffic, passenger traffic, public transport and bike. By analysing these flows, planning can become more efficient, in discussion with logistical parties with targeted C-ITS solutions. The various mobility flows are subsequently implemented in the data dashboard. Starting with real-time insights into freight traffic. We call this sub-section of the data dashboard the Transport Radar. The last step in the data dashboard is integrating data generated by IoT and Floating Car Data. This data dashboard will be built up over the next four years.


  • Corridor (A16, A15,) A58, A67, with terminals in Rotterdam, Tilburg and Venlo

    The area between the port of Rotterdam and distribution centres in Venlo is very busy. There is considerable congestion of freight traffic on the road network in this area. Lorries sometimes wait for more than a day to load or unload a container. This can be avoided by linking information on goods traffic via rail and water with road traffic information.

    For example by making an announcement at 15-minute intervals to guide the right truck to the right container in the terminal. This boosts efficiency in the terminal, reduces waiting times for the chauffeurs, reduces the wait on the public road network and increases the level of confidence at warehouses, as the terminals’ customers. Certainly when, between the terminals and the warehouse use can be made of smart traffic lights which, under certain conditions, give priority to the terminal warehouse traffic. The ultimate goal is: to have lorries that communicate with each other autonomously, and carry out freight traffic between terminals and distribution centres as efficiently as possible.


  • Increased safety

    We are focusing on three types of measure to increase safety in logistical traffic:

    1. C-ITS, whereby lorries automatically communicate with other traffic and also with various sensors on and around the road, such as traffic lights.
    2. Behavioural intervention, based on fleet management data, providing insights into hazardous chauffeurs, or observation cameras in the trucks themselves.
    3. Increasing the efficiency of incident management.


  • Distribution

    Distribution is a major cause of traffic congestion and air pollution in urban areas. Smart Logistics can be used to limit these effects of distribution . This is not only in the interests of towns and cities; Smart Logistics also benefits the distribution parties themselves. For example, accurate forecasts of delivery times and efficient loading of trucks.


  • Scouting & application of successful solutions

    Some solutions have already been shown to work elsewhere in the world. Progress can be quickly achieved when such solutions are found and implemented.


  • Platooning

    In platooning, a group of lorries drives one behind the other in convoy, and a safe distance is maintained automatically. This is a promising way to combine lorries, save fuel and improve safety. It may also be a step towards autonomous trucks on public highways.



The aforementioned principles are being translated into five specific projects, which are currently being set into motion:


  • Transport Radar (TR) 

    Transport Radar (TR) provides an insight into freight traffic in the SmartwayZ.NL region. It can analyse logistical flows, creates the basis for finding more efficient solutions in partnership with logistical parties, can carry out simulations of intended C-ITS solutions to determine the effects, and uses real-time data for the valorisation of models.


  • Simulation of Smart Logistics

    Gaining insights from Transport Radar can lead to new solutions. For example, the application of new C-ITS measures, such as smart traffic lights. Such traffic lights know who is approaching a crossroads and can - under certain conditions - give priority to a specific group of road users. It is not yet clear what effect this might have on circulation and the environment. This is why we wish to determine the possible effects by simulating them beforehand.


  • Smart Logistics N279 Veghel-Asten

    In this project we are linking Smart Logistics to an existing sub-project in SmartwayZ.NL: N279 Veghel-Asten. The goal of the sub-project N279 Veghel-Asten is to improve circulation and increase traffic safety in this area. Companies like Mars, Campina, Jumbo, Sligro, Kuehne + Nagel and Vanderlande are located around Veghel. The N279 is the test route on which we are examining whether Smart Logistics can contribute to better accessibility of logistical parties, both before, after and during the refurbishment. Click here for more information about the sub-project N279 Veghel-Asten.


  • Talking trucks Venlo

    The objective of Talking Trucks is to connect containers arriving and departing by water and rail just in time with road transport, and particularly to and from the related warehouses. The project is starting in Venlo.


  • Better safety 

    The project ‘Better safety’ is focused on the large-scale implementation of smart mobility applications (including C-ITS systems) focused specifically on traffic safety related to freight traffic. This covers aspects such as systems that can be installed in the existing fleet to directly support chauffeurs in their driving behaviour (distance, speed, warning of emergency stop) and systems applied to train and guide chauffeurs.


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