Title: UIRNet: a new platform for integrated logistics and intermodality

Authors: Nicola Bassi; Rodolfo De Dominicis; Marco Vari

Addresses: UIRNet SpA, Via F. Crispi 115, 00187 Rome, Italy ' UIRNet SpA, Via F. Crispi 115, 00187 Rome, Italy ' University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Department of Enterprise Engineering, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy

Abstract: Analysis of the transport sector in Italy gives evidence of infrastructure scarcity, management and organisational problems and, more generally, of poor quality and competitiveness of the services. At the end of 2005 the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Trasport established the UIRNet Company to create a computer platform for integrated logistics at the national level. Such platform was created to make more efficient, secure and safe the national logistics system by means of localisation and communication services. This paper describes the flexible and modular architecture of such platform and the services it provides. The UIRNet computer platform is based on the use of web-oriented data exchange solutions and allows the full integration with other external systems, such as, e.g., legacy platforms for fleet management, intelligent transport systems. Furthermore, the platform is accessible to the institutions and flexible in order to interface with other platforms. Its functionalities are fully accessible by mobile or fixed terminals, and via web through the internet.

Keywords: intermodal transport; information and communications technology; ICT; information technology; fleet management; dangerous goods; integrated logistics; intermodality; Italy; flexible architecture; modular architecture; web-oriented data exchange; intelligent transport systems; ITS; internet.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMNE.2014.060869

International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 2014 Vol.3 No.2, pp.95 - 122

Available online: 01 May 2014 *

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