Smart Track 4 Waterway

Project Summary

ST4W proposes a management solution for shipment by inland waterway transport, providing to small stakeholders a simpler and cheaper access to secure data, and enabling them to share a hierarchical track & trace service of shipment at logistics unit level : what pallet in what vessel ?

ST4W solution will provide an end to end seamless visibility to supply chain stakeholders :

  • Automatic update of logistics unit status (pallet, container …)
  • Real-time update of ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of each logistics unit, throughout the multimodal supply chain
  • Automatic alert in the case of delay or loading the wrong logistics unit
  • Electronic proof of delivery at each step:

This cloud-oriented platform is based on GS1 standards, where everyone is master of his own data and shares it only with chosen partners

A sustainable and closer cooperation between waterway actors and their supply chain partners will enable more clients to make use of waterway transportation (from mental shift to modal shift), and consequently to reduce CO2 emissions of their logistics operations.


Main advantages of Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT):

IWT predominantly used by large companies for bulk & big volumes:

  • Used to a small extend by SMEs
  • Used to a very small extend for palletized freight


Palletized freight is generally carried in small volumes directly from point A to point B


Modal shift from road to waterway needs:

  • additional transhipment operations
  • bundling of several small volumes
  • more complex logistics engineering
  • more administrative burden

ST4W proposes an unified data exchange platform …

  •  fed with hierarchical tracking data at logistics unit level (pallet, container)
  • proposing transversal services:
    • real time update of cargo Estimated Time of Arrival
    • electronic proof of delivery

... tackling modal shift brakes

  •  seamless synchronisation between logistics and IWT actors
  •  end-to-end follow-up of shipment:
    • in multimodal environment
    • with reduced administrative burden

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Multitel 2 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Circoe Claire Bouvier France
Logistics in Wallonia Bernard Piette Belgium
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Tom Van Woensel Netherlands
Stichting Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart Henk van Laar Netherlands
Institut du droit international des transports Ludovic Couturier France
Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart Khalid Tachi Netherlands
Port Autonome du Centre et de l'Ouest Christophe Vanmuysen Belgium
Port de Bruxelles - Haven van Brussel Désirée Simonetti Belgium
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) Bernd Noche Germany
Blue Line Logistics nv Ferenc Szilagyi Belgium
Inlecom System Ltd Yash Chadha United Kingdom
Sogestran Gilles Peyrot France
EVOL LILLE Bertrand LEROY France
IT-Optics Lorenzo Bassani Belgium
Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services Ivo Cré Belgium
Paris Terminal Alain O’JEANSON France
Urban Waterway Logistics Peter Geirnaert Belgium
Stichting Dunamare Onderwijsgroep J.J. Boll Netherlands
Bockaert en Thienpont Pieter Bockaert Belgium
Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Région Hauts-de-France Ksenija Banovac France
Haropa Christophe Du Chatelier christophe.duchatelier@PARIS-PORTS.FR France


Aeolix final conference

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Hamburg, Germany – Over 120 participants attended the AEOLIX final conference entitled “The future of logistics data exchange and services” at the International Maritimes Museum in Hamburg. At this event, AEOLIX presented the results of a 3 year long research on supply chain visibility and interoperability involving 12 Living Labs and 18 European countries. Keynote speeches introduced the topic of logistics and digitalisation on national and international levels, before presentations of projects results by different project partners. The second part of the afternoon took form of an interactive session “Living Labs Marketplace” organised around 12 living labs who presented and demonstrated how the AEOLIX collaborative logistics ecosystem is tested and validated for their specific use cases. Read More

Novalog Conference

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During Novalog Conference on June 21, 2019 in Rouen, presentation of the ST4W project, an open European digital platform for modal shift of goods by inland waterways by MULTITEL (Yves de Blic) and IDIT (Ludovic Couturier). The partners involved in this project include VNF and I-Trans Pole. Thanks to the teams at the Novalog competitiveness cluster for organizing this event. Read More

Successful mid-term event in Paris

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ST4W mid-term event brought together 43 people in Paris on 13 June 2019. We were happy to talk with you about the challenge of modal shift to waterway. In particular, we presented the first demonstration of the hierarchical tracking solution developed by the project. A special thank you to all the speakers: Lorenzo Bassani, Nicolas Bour, Claire Dantec, Yves de Blic, Kevin Janin, Perrine Lavelle, Didier Léandri, Vincent Morel, Nicolas Pauvre, Franck Rousseau and Jérôme Wernert. Read More

Invitation to Smart Track 4 Waterway Mid-Term Event

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We are pleased to invite you to attend Smart Track 4 Waterway Mid-Term Event: Modal shift to waterway fostered by hierarchical tracking Smart Track 4 Waterway is an Interreg NWE project offering a management solution for shipment by inland waterway transport, providing to logistics stakeholders an end-to-end seamless visibility. This visibility is based on hierarchical tracking, linking vehicles tracking and cargo tracking. This event will take place on 13 June from 9H15 in Hôtel L’Échiquier Opéra, 38 rue de l'Échiquier in Paris. Participation is free, but registration is mandatory We are looking forward to welcoming you! Read More

JRF vor Ort: Logistik im Wandel

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On April 10, 2019, an event of the series "JRF vor Ort" took place at the DST - Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems in Duisburg (Germany) with the title "Logistics in Transition: Modern Concepts and Technologies for Interurban Delivery in North Rhine-Westphalia". The Johannes Rau Research Community, the umbrella organization of non-university research institutes in North Rhine-Westphalia, hosted the event. The guests were presented with partial results of the ongoing investigations in four subgroups on logistics, ship technology, handling technology and information technology, and open points were discussed. Yves de Blic of the Belgian research institute Multitel ASBL presented the concept of hierarchical monitoring of shipments along the waterways, which is being developed within the framework of ST4W. Read More



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