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ICT in multimodal transport and technological trends: unrivalled potential for the future

Harris, Irina, Wang, Yingli and Haiyang, Wang 2012. ICT in multimodal transport and technological trends: unrivalled potential for the future. Presented at: The Seventeenth International Working Seminar on Production Economics,, Innsbruck, Austria, 20-24 Feburary 2012. Elsevier, 10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.09.005

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The role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in freight transport as key enabler is well recognised. However the uptake of recent ICT advances for multimodal freight transport provisions in the UK and Europe has been slow. The aim of our paper is to explore the potential reasons for such a slow adoption and assess how recent technological advances such as cloud computing and Internet of Things might have changed the landscape and thus help to overcome these barriers. Via an extensive review of 33 EU framework programme projects, we are able to consolidate and present current major efforts in ICT developments in the freight multimodal transport setting at European level. We further discuss barriers inhibiting quick take-up of ICT applications in multimodal transport. Resolutions were then explored by reviewing four key ICT development trends recently emerging and evaluating their potential impact in reducing such barriers for deployment. Our contribution is two-fold: it advances current knowledge by presenting an up-to-date overview of existing and emerging ICT applications in the field of multimodal transport and barriers to e-enabled multimodal transport. It also captures some of the best practices in industry and aims to provoke a debate among practitioners and academics via the analysis of how innovative use of recent technological developments could potentially lower the barriers to multimodal ICT adoption and lead to a more integrated freight transport network. Therefore it lays the foundation for further research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: International Journal of Production Economics - Volume 159, January 2015, Pages 88–103
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0925-5273
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 11:27

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