Smart Logistics

Smart Logistics is a better and smarter way of organising goods flows. Smart planning, management and execution are at the heart of Smart Logistics. The main role is played by logistics and mobility data. These must be obtained and exchanged. The Smart Logistics task within SmartwayZ.NL focuses on the processs in where logistics affects road traffic: concepts that are (almost) suitable for implementation on a large scale.

What do we want to achieve?

As a result of economic growth, there is an exponential increase in congestion, both on the highway and on provincial roads as in cities. New asphalt alone is not enough, and that is why we are looking for other mobility concepts. Concepts with many users, also for logistics. And that is what we do in the Smart Logistics Programme. We have four objectives:

  • To increase road reachability and safety in the South of the Netherlands.
  • To develop an innovative programme, with economical benefits for the region.
  • 10 to 20% of Smart Logistics users among through freight traffic.
  • 30 to 40% of Smart Logistics users among destination freight traffic.


Current smart applications

Within Smart Logistics, we actively focus on six available smart applications (use cases). The aim of these applications is to improve traffic flow by sharing data between the logistics domain and government partners. This can be done in various ways, for example via in-truck information or via roadside signs and planning information. The information below is a brief explanation of the application and some advantages.

  • Smart traffic lights
    By using smart traffic lights the truck driver receives an in-truck ‘recommended speed’ signal, to prevent having to stop for a red light as much as possible. Giving participating trucks priority at traffic lights improves the overall flow of traffic because their stops are reduced (which improves traffic flow), there is a reduction in braking-accelerating cycles, lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

  • Real-time feedback about low tyre pressures
    Low tyre pressures not only cause unsafe situations, they also mean the vehicle is operating inefficiently. By providing real-time feedback on tyre pressure to the driver and the Planning department, safety is increased and the vehicle can be used more efficiently. There will be fewer incidents and safety will increase. The social costs of traffic jams caused by a breakdown are on average 14,000 euros. There is therefore a great deal of benefit to be gained from good tyre pressure. In addition, traffic flows better, resulting in less travel time and reduced fuel consumption and tyre wear.

    Watch the episode of ‘This is Smart’ about the smart tyre pressure indicator.

  • Public domain data for efficient planning and routing
    The use of reliable public domain data about issues such as environmental zones, delivery window times, loading and unloading places, can help the logistics sector draw up more efficient schedules and route plans. This makes work more efficient, avoids failure costs and increases the satisfaction of drivers.
  • Up-to-date travel data: avoiding traffic bottlenecks
    Significant savings can be made by sharing data on scheduled and current road works, unsafe locations and traffic jams in real time with both the driver and the Planning Department. In addition, the predictability of arrival times increases, search traffic is reduced (impact on driving time/distance and road safety) and there are more satisfied drivers.
  • Smart merging
    A simulation study was carried out (modelled on the N279/A67) to determine wheter Smart merging (with the aid of smart traffic lights) could help goods traffic merge with other traffic more intelligently and safely. Drivers are informed about the merge options and are guided by real-time information. This increases traffic flow and traffic safety, reduces travel time and increases driver satisfaction.

    Watch the episode of ‘This is Smart’ about Smart Merging.
  • Putting public domain data in the truck
    Truck drivers receive specific route information based on their current location and route. This includes information on traffic jams, stationary vehicles, signs, red and white crosses and slow-moving vehicles. In this way, incidents are prevented, traffic safety improves and traffic flows better, resulting in lower journey time.


Think with us!

Do you have an idea on how your organisations logistics can be organised more intelligently? Please contact us via smartlogistics@smartwayz.nl. We will have a look at how we can support you.


The programme (2017-2020)

In order to achieve the objectives, a programme was developed based on six principles. These were selected based on the interest and contribution of logistics parties, viability and the contribution to the objectives of SmartwayZ.NL.

  • Real-time visibility of freight traffic via data dashboard
    The Datadashboard provides insight into various mobility flows in real time: freight traffic, passenger traffic, public transport and cycling. By analysing these flows, planning can be done more efficiently, in consultation with logistics parties with specific C-ITS solutions. The various mobility flows will be successively implemented in the Datadashbord, starting with real-time insight into freight traffic. This subsection of the data dashboard is called the ‘Transport Radar’. As a final step in the Datadashboard, we integrate 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 congested. There is a great deal of freight traffic on the road network in this area. Trucks are now sometimes waiting longer than a day to load or unload a container. This can be avoided by linking information from goods transport by rail and water to road traffic. For example, by guiding the right truck to the right container in the terminal on demand, at intervals of 15 minutes. It improves the efficiency of the terminal, reduces waiting times for drivers, reduces waiting on the public road network and increases the reliability level for the warehouses and the customers of the terminals. This is especially the case if smart traffic lights can be used between the terminals and the warehouse to give priority to the terminal warehouse traffic under certain conditions. The ultimate goal is: trucks communicating with each other to fill the freight traffic between terminals and distribution centres as efficiently as possible.
  • Increasing safety
    Together with market parties we are working on three types of measures to in increase safety for logistics transport:

    1. C-ITS, in which trucks automatically communicate with other road users and also with various sensors on and around the road, for example in traffic lights.
    2. Behavioural interventions, based on fleet management data that provide insight into high-risk drivers, or observation cameras in trucks.
    3. Increasing the efficiency of incident management.
  • Distribution
    Distribution traffic is a major cause of traffic and air pollution in the city. The different types of deliveries (to shops and restaurants, supermarkets, construction sites, etc.) each pose specific challenges with regard to the impact on urban traffic, safety and emissions.

    With Smart Logistics, these consequences of distribution traffic can be limited. This is not only in the interest of the city, but also for the distribution parties there are profits to be made. Examples of projects of the Smart Logistics cluster are guiding construction logistics initiatives such as a construction hub or an impact study for window times in shopping areas. 
  • Scouting and application of successful solutions
    Some solutions have already proven themselves elsewhere in the world. By finding and implementing these solutions, quick results can be achieved.
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