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Brightlands start-up innovates with environmentally conscious app for the shipping industry

april 12, 2018

The innovation project has been awarded a subsidy of €135,000.00.

How can ships use less fuel and produce less CO? According to the Dutch company Trapps Wise and the Flemish company Novation, they can do this by optimizing their navigation speed between locks. Thanks to support from CrossRoads2, the partners are building an application that is designed to help shipping companies do this. Trapps Wise is connected to the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen.

Start-up Trapps Wise develops smart mobility apps. A few months ago, the company performed a feasibility study to examine the possibility of converting data to real-time navigational advice. The study yielded positive results, and together with a few partners including application developer Novation, Trapps Wise now wants to develop an app that will even help shipping companies save money. The app treats the shipper as the pivotal figure in the logistics chain.

Gathering data

These days, shippers lose a lot of time, money and fuel because they are unable to take the capacity of the lock and traffic density on the waterway into consideration. With the right information however, they can adapt their route or speed. This is the reason the project partners are initially gathering a substantial amount of data, such as the time necessary to travel from lock to lock, the traffic on the waterways and the influence of natural phenomena such as currents and water levels. Together with the BISS institute, they are developing an algorithm that is capable of providing real-time navigational advice.

Social impact

Starting in June, the app the partners are building will be tested in cooperation with KPN Netherlands. Trapps Wise and Novation hope to roll the product out on the market after this. The potential end users are six to seven thousand shipping companies in Flanders and the Netherlands. Together, they can reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 15% through more efficient navigation. The social impact of this is huge, and the partners have even more plans. Thanks to the open data, they can also determine real-time arrival times of the ship for unloading purposes. This will enable them to customize their services, adapting them to the logistics chain for further transport by land. Dead freight (and the costs involved) can also be reduced by linking the right IoT data to other data sources.

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