Significance developes Urban freight simulator in project 'Harmony' for the EC

HARMONY stands for “Holistic Approach for Providing Spatial & Transport Planning Tools and Evidence to Metropolitan and Regional Authorities to Lead a Sustainable Transition to a New Mobility Era”.

It is a European project funded by the European Commission within the programme Horizon 2020.  Its consortium gathers 21 members from 9 different European countries that will be working together for the three and a half years to come. The project is coordinated by University College London.

Project objectives

The HARMONY project envisages developing a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model the dynamics of the changing transport sector and spatial organisation, enabling metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner. Small-scale demonstrations with Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and drones take place to understand in real-life their requirements and collect data to be used for modelling. The HARMONY model suite is also linked to the EC’s EU-wide model TRIMODE to further identify the impact of the concepts and technologies on the TEN-T level. HARMONY’s concepts and the model suite are applied and validated on six EU metropolitan areas on six TEN-T corridors: 1. Rotterdam (NL), 2. Oxfordshire (UK), 3. Turin (IT), 4. Athens (GR), 5. Trikala(GR), 6. Upper Silesian-Zaglebie Metropolis (PL).

Significance in HARMONY

Significance will provide its expertise in developing operational transport planning models in different European countries. In HARMONY Significance will contribute to Workpackage 6, the tactical freight simulator, in close cooperation with TU Delft and University of the Aegean. Significance will lead on the implementation of the tactical freight simulator to ensure a practical and applicable result is delivered. Significance will use its position as a leading transport modelling company to ensure the state-of-the art developments resulting from HARMONY will be utilised beyond the scope of the project.

For more information regarding HARMONY project see the Press Release.