Research and Innovation

Research

The competence center on inland navigation REWWay (Research and Education in Inland Waterway Logistics) is part of the Logistikum. The Logistikum in Steyr, Austria, is the research and education institute of the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences in the field of logistics.

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Innovation

Exploiting inland waterway transportation is an essential ingredient to reach the European Commissions’ ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the upcoming decades. The research project IW-NET “Innovation-driven Collaborative European Inland Waterways Transport Network” which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, will facilitate industry-wide collaboration for a unified Inland Waterway Area integrated in the TEN-T and European Transport System to support the EC’s strategic efforts. The project’s solutions comprise of highly configurable simulation models to support authorities and business stakeholders to evaluate and manage their strategies, and to optimize their tactical and operational planning capabilities. Furthermore, the project will cover state-of-the-art infrastructure and vessel technologies that support the streamlining and improvement of operational processes in inland waterway transport.

The key research pillars of IW-NET including digitalization, inland waterways infrastructures and vessel innovations will be monitored throughout the project lifetime to identify new disruptive, competitive or complimentary technologies, monitor risks, identify progress accelerators such as parallel initiatives, monitor policy bodies, and bring legislative issues into context.

Therefore, this site contains an observatory, which will serve as a knowledge management resource to map data, technologies, trends and projects relevant for the inland waterway transport sector. The observatory is structured in four issues:

  Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Projects

  Port automation

  Environmentally friendly power options

  Legal framework