At the core of the IW-NET concept are seven IWT Modal Shift Enablers (MSEs), each motivated by different IW geographical or market settings and aligned with the IW-NET Innovation Framework. These MSEs are supported by an Open IWT support Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and are turned into formal MSE requirements specifications and simulation-based designs.
The MSEs address various aspects of the IWT business model, including sustainable cooperation between suppliers and consumers of IWT services, data-driven collaborative optimization of IWT operations, improved navigability under variable conditions with innovative vessel designs, collaborative berth planning and shore power utilization, advanced location accuracies via GALILEO services, and innovative IW fleet for urban distribution, including autonomous navigation and platooning.
IW-NET develops cloud-deployed, flexible, and low-cost solutions for improving the accuracy, reliability, resilience, responsiveness, adaptability, and agility of IWT processes. These enablers are initially studied by simulation and subsequently specified and represented in an IWT Innovation Framework.
IW-NET provides an innovative approach to improving inland navigation in Europe. By addressing key challenges and leveraging emerging technologies, the project has the potential to significantly enhance the efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability of IWT services. It fosters a modal shift towards IWT as a sustainable transport mode and thus supports the EC’s ambitions to reduce CO2 emissions from logistics operations. Furthermore, it facilitates smooth and efficient integration of IWT in multimodal transport chains, and improves the IWT chains’ resilience.