HubHarmony aims to develop a better understanding of sustainable transport systems, through development of a harmonisation benchmark for multimodal hubs. It seeks to analyse hub processes and gain synergies from the global hub network.
These goals are achieved by the development of a harmonisation benchmark for inland multimodal hubs. Moreover, an analysis of the impact of future value added services on the local economy and on the development of inland multimodal hubs will be provided. The project work encompasses dry ports, inland terminals and fright centres.
HubHarmony develops a harmonisation benchmark - a scoring system, which enables an evaluation of the harmonisation level of operational procedures and the service offer at inland multimodal hubs. Operational procedures include hub technologies, business processes as well as administrative aspects and services include both current services and potential future services.
The project does not address the performance of single hubs, but an evaluation of their level of harmonisation. Making the harmonisation benchmark available will make it possible to indicate how sustainably each hub type performs and to investigate the synergies for the overall hub network.
The harmonisation benchmark will enable hub operators to plan the development of hubs and strengthen their corporate identity. Moreover, it will enable logistics network operators to monitor the progress of harmonisation and to collect valuable data for future policy actions. HubHarmony will give insights into future dynamics and will indicate the upcoming needs of transport systems with a focus on interoperability and harmonisation of inland multimodal hubs.
For a presentation of the intermediate project results watch the videos from the NWO mid-term conference ‘NWO Logistics Knowledge Community’ on December 4th 2017 below.