CO2 free Smart Mobility Hub: MORE industrial park
Authors: Markus Sihvonen, Marina Weck
Abstract: Smart Mobility Hub (SMH) is a transport node that provides smart transportation and logistics services for a particular area, such as city, city block or municipality, depending on its intended mission. Utilization of very latest digital and communication technologies makes a Mobility Hub (MH) smart. Smart mobility services benefit from technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Tings (IoT), Big Data and wireless communication such as 5G mobile technology. The aim of SMHs is to make transportation of people and goods more efficient, cost effective, accessible and most of all, convenient and easy. However, maybe the most important mission of SMH is to help to solve increased CO2 emissions generated by urban transport nodes. A SMH’s purpose is to provide new tools and solutions that support cities and municipalities in achieving zero CO2 mobility emissions transition locally. The key challenge for SMH is to facilitate the achievement of carbon neutrality goal set by the European Union for urban mobility and trips under 500 km by the end of 2030. The most critical challenge for the Finnish transport sector is to significantly reduce its emissions and to become carbon neutral by 2035. MORE industrial park, located in Finland and spanning two industrial parks – Rastikangas in the Municipality of Janakkala and Moreeni in the City of Hämeenlinna, is an Eco Industrial Park aiming for an emission-free future. It is also a major Mobility Hub (MH) in the Hämeenlinna economic area serving the transportation needs of local industry. Due to a chosen development strategy to gain competitive edge over other similar industrial parks in Southern Finland, MORE industrial park has long term plans to become a significant Smart Mobility Hub (SMH) providing services not just for the city of Hämeenlinna and Janakkala municipality, but also for economic areas of the cities of Helsinki and Turku. In this paper we will analyse what kind of facilities and capabilities the MORE Industrial Park should have and what kind of services it should provide in order to become a Smart Mobility Hub. The paper also analyses potential key drivers that can positively differentiate MORE industrial park from competing industrial parks in Southern Finland. The MORE Park will have the infrastructure in place around year 2026 for High-Capacity Transport (HCT) trucks. The paper analyses the capabilities and services required by these HCT trucks for efficient and sustainable operations. Additionally, a zero emission, just-in-time first and last mile transportation services for the local economy will be discussed. Since the SMH services are mainly produced by utilizing modern digital technologies, the paper introduces the MORE platform that provides services that enable transition towards efficient, resilient and sustainable transportation services. It is one of the key enablers towards zero emission mobility of goods and people.
Keywords: Smart Mobility Hub, zero emission, IoT, new fuels for heavy duty vehicles
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