Urban service logistics includes operations such as:
The "i4efficiency - intelligent identifier of integration and logistics efficiency" is a project that, through highly innovative processes, intends to potentiate the annual reduction of CO2 emissions and reduction of energy consumed, less occupation of public space, increase of success rates in operations, greater flexibility and convenience for the populations in the way they are served, and increase of waste recycling rates.
The project's goal is to develop and create a Unique Address Identifier (UDI), i.e. a code that unequivocally identifies a physical address and to which several categories and descriptors will be assigned. These will, in turn, enable the development of activities to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the logistics activity, namely in postal distribution, technical assistance and utilities maintenance (water, electricity and gas meters) as well as urban waste management.
The project is thus based on 3 integrated core elements:
The development of the IUE that will promote the increase of effectiveness and efficiency of the logistics activity;
A digital solution that allows to orchestrate and manage all urban logistics processes in an optimized way. This solution will be based on the team's work in smart city logistics em países como Holanda e Noruega;
Implementation of a combination of complementary initiatives at the living lab level that will exponentiate the impacts of the platform and IUE, namely:
- Implementation of a combination of complementary initiatives at the living lab level that will exponentiate the impacts of the platform and IUE, namely: a city hub pilot of logistics consolidation that will promote smart solutions that limit the number of delivery vehicles needed in the city by centralizing deliveries from multiple operators before they enter the urban area it serves; use of RFID technology in both bio-waste and unsorted bags; Biomass reduction/compaction containers and biodegradable bags to be distributed to selected households for this purpose; electrified fleet for last mile distribution processes; smart lockers and locks to be installed in residential buildings; the use of these smart lockers will solve the problem of failed delivery attempts to households, which makes the logistics process less efficient.
The proposed approach allows, essentially, the constitution of innovation models associated with the various aspects addressed in the Environment Program of the MFEEE 2014-2021 (Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area), in the Strategic Plans of the Municipality of Sintra, namely the Municipal Master Plan and Urban Rehabilitation Strategies, or even in National (Sustainable Cities 2020) and international public policies such as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, in the context of rationalization of means in urban metabolism and logistics processes.
The project works closely with other ongoing projects, specifically with SMAS, which is currently involved in a project in conjunction with three other municipalities (Oeiras, Mafra, and Cascais).
The results achieved in this segment of the pilots will thus have strong adherence and continuity in the referred projects and strategies.
The development of the IUE, as a central element of technological basis and geodata support, allows the replicability and scalability of the pilots, even in territories with different characteristics. Indeed, the proof of applicability and adaptation of the technology to different territories is already evident in the two proposed pilots taking into account the evident demographic difference, as well as physical occupation, between the Parishes of Sintra and the Parishes of Massamá and Monte-Abraão.