An integration platform for synchromodal transport

Prince Mayurank Singh

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UTAcademic

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Abstract

Transportation sector plays an important role in the growth of national economies. Advances in information
technology have facilitated newcollaboration opportunities among transport companies. Ubiquitous and faster
internet now enables transport companies to access real time data about events in a transport network. New
collaboration opportunities and access to real time data, have given rise to new transport practices.
Synchromodal Transport (SmT) or Synchromodality, is a new transport practice, where the route and transport
mode for transporting cargo is chosen dynamically, i.e., while the cargo is in-transit. If a disruption event
occurs, causing a delay in transportation, the cargo may be shifted to another transport mode.
Existing research over SmT is biased towards routing and capacity planning challenges posed by SmT. Data
integration challenges posed by SmT, have not received their due attention from researchers. The primary data
integration challenge is the integration of contextual events data and transport planning data. This dissertation
provides a solution to data integration challenges posed by SmT, by designing a Synchromodal Transport
Integration Platform (SmTIP).
I, designed SmTIP based on the results of three research activities. The first research activity is SmT stakeholders’
interview, which resulted in a list of requirements for SmTIP. The second research activity is analysis
of SmT practices, which resulted in a list of relevant contextual events and processes for a SmT scenario. The
third research activity is studying the state-of-the-art in integration platform design, which resulted in a reference
architecture for integration platforms.
I, then, developed a prototype based on SmTIP. The prototype integrates transport data and contextual events
data, enables dynamic transport planning and in case of a disruption event, changing the transport mode of
cargo. When representatives from transport companies used SmTIP prototype, their responses induced improvements
in SmTIP design.
This dissertation is useful for transport companies, researchers in transportation sector and information technology
sector. Transport companies can get acquainted with, SmT processes, relevant contextual events, data
integration challenges posed by SmT and how to overcome them.
Researchers in transportation sector, can use this dissertation as an introduction to SmT. It will help them understand
SmT scenario, SmT processes and relevant disruption events. Documented responses of transport
companies’ representatives during SmTIP validation will help researchers in the future improvement of SmTIP
and in designing validation experiment setups. This dissertation enhances SmT research. It fills the research
gap of SmT data integration challenges by: (1) identifying the data integration challenges, (2) listing the requirements
for SmTIP, and (3) designing SmTIP to overcome them.
Researchers and practitioners in information technology, can use the reference architecture for integration platforms
to address data integration challenges in different application domains. For that purpose, the refinement
of the reference architecture to SmT domain, as shown in this dissertation, may be used as a guide.
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Summary of PhD thesis P.M.Singh
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wieringa, Roelf Johannes, Supervisor
  • van Sinderen, Marten J., Supervisor
Award date18 Sep 2019
Place of PublicationEnschede
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4821-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2019

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Singh, Prince Mayurank. / An integration platform for synchromodal transport. Enschede : University of Twente, 2019. 231 p.
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Singh PM. An integration platform for synchromodal transport. Enschede: University of Twente, 2019. 231 p. (DSI Ph.D. thesis series; 19-014). (SIKS dissertation series; 2019-26). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036548212