The Physical Internet (PI) is focused on building a more efficient, agile and sustainable logistics system, that draws on different technologies and research areas, such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning, with the aim of revolutionizing existing supply chain management and development policies in logistics. 5G technology can play a decisive role towards this direction by providing unprecedented data download (and/or upload) speeds, and improved area coverage, interconnecting a vast number of devices and sensors. Moreover, 5G technology can assure reliable, mission-critical and real-time data exchange and coordination among different 5G-enabled logistics actors, including assets, carriers, shippers, and receivers. The envisioned ecosystem of the “always connected assets and cargo” is oriented towards providing to such a multi-stakeholder community unprecedented visibility on every stage of the logistics supply chain (LSC). Hence, equipping the community with invaluable information that i) facilitates the breakdown of barriers between different logistics systems, ii) improves resource utilization and the efficiency of logistics services, iii) makes provisions on inherent risk mitigation mechanisms, forecasts and agile planning, putting in the center of attention the environmental impact, the energy efficiency and sustainability of the LSC. During the proposed special session, innovative research and innovation (R&I) projects and SMEs will present their results and key achievements on 5G applications related to the Transport and Logistics (T&L) industry. Such applications include 5G&AI-enabled services with impact in personnel (and/or asset) safety or for improving the efficiency of logistics operations, teleoperation scenarios, mission-critical drone communications, real-time telemetry and digital twins fostering the transport digitalization, predictive maintenance, efficient data management schemes focusing on privacy (e.g., via federated learning), just to name a few. In this scope, this special session will host the multi-perspective impact of 5G in T&L, discuss key insights and unique technology enablers (e.g., network slicing, private vs public 5G networks, cloud/edge computing) tailored to the ecosystem’s challenges, focusing also on governance issues and solutions, business aspects and further exploring the prospects of the techno-economic ecosystem in the evolution towards 6G.
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