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Work Package 4: Dangerous goods and multimodal logistics

WP4 will document the existing market and needs in Ukraine, develop new products and perform a pilot project with end users validating new developed products. Many industrial activities in Ukraine involve the transport of dangerous goods in unpowered transport units. This WP focuses on transport in the chemical and nuclear sectors as well as logistics business partners who are operating train wagons and tank containers. Users from the chemical and nuclear sectors will be heavily involved in guiding and reviewing the proposals.

The end objective is to discover solutions tailored to Ukrainian needs that have strong potential commercial viability by means of 5 tasks:
1. Multi-constellation receiver development - KPI will take the lead in the development of a multi constellation, EGNOS-enabled receiver with a shorter time to get a full stand-alone GNSS first fix than the current 40 seconds as that accounts for the a major part of the device’s power consumption. Another top priority is to test the innovative gas sniffer for effective detection of hazardous goods - this is a key concern as ammonia, bromine and chlorine dioxins are among the most common safety risks in Ukraine. Imperative as well is the analysis of options for low power, reliable sensors for nuclear material transport leakage monitoring.
2. Multi-constellation receiver pilot testing - KPI, in close cooperation with Ovinto and a representative end user, will pilot test the receiver and sensors developed in the previous task and integrate them into the Ovinto tracker, currently the only solution on the market that has been certified up to the highest safety level for chemical transports.
3. Extension of Ovinto solution to the Ukrainian context and multi-modal transport - The Ovinto Monitoring Solution addresses the use of satellite technology for the reduction of transport risk, security enhancement and optimization of logistic operations by the tracking and monitoring of extremely dangerous goods in unpowered transport units such as tank wagons (rail) and tank containers (intermodal) This task will develop 2 integrated solutions, aimed at 2 different end user groups: dangerous goods transporters and multi-modal transport actors. The target characteristics for multi-modal devices are simpler (allowing clients to track their goods through the Ovinto portal), smaller (the current Ovinto device is too heavy at 3.5 kg for some uses), more autonomous (not relying on an external power source) and less expensive (making it affordable for more players).
4. Standardization - hazardous goods tracking standardisation efforts in Europe and on United Nations level will be analysed to determine impact of EC evolutions such as e-Freight and digital tachograph on multi modal transport sector in the Ukraine. The work programme specifically expects that the proposed projects contribute to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications so that the market will perceive them as ready for exploitation. During this phase, work in the area of standardization will be focused in the identification of those aspects or features which should be an object of standardization, as well as to the optimal “level” (e.g. component, product, service, data, etc.).
5. Business and economic assessment - VVA will analyse the market status and its expected evolution and key trends for transport of dangerous goods and multimodal logistics in Ukraine, both in terms of infrastructure and its usage and in terms of EGNSS-based services penetration, with specific focus on tracking & tracing. The ideal business model of the service will be defined and then compared to the preliminary business model based on the outcomes of the previous activities.

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