[LINK] Smart transport and logistics proposal
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Jan 13 08:11:47 AEDT 2010
"The Australian Logistics Council is the national umbrella body for
Australias Transport and Logistics Freight Industry, representing
Australia's road, rail, sea and air logistics providers.
The Council aims to lead improvements in the efficient delivery of
Australian domestic and international logistics." www.austlogistics.com.au
Press Release: http://www.austlogistics.com.au/dmdocuments/alc%20press%
Smart Technology to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport &
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has today released a Discussion
Paper on A Smarter Supply Chain - Using Information & Communications
Technology (ICT) to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport
ALC is the peak body for Australias Transport and Logistics (T&L)
Freight Industry representing Australias road, rail, sea and air
logistics providers. The Council aims to lead improvements in the
efficient delivery of Australian domestic and international logistics.
Smarter Supply Chains are a similar concept to the Commonwealth
Governments Smart Grid, Smart City initiative, which will deploy
Australia's first commercial-scale smart energy grid, with the potential
to increase the efficient use of infrastructure, cut costs to consumers
and reduce CO2 emissions.
"Transport & Logistics companies hold a unique position in the supply
chain because they are typically high users of existing and new
information", said ALC CEO, Michael Kilgariff.
"The most efficient supply chains worldwide leverage real-time
information and ensure real collaboration between partners, whether this
is within a closed-loop, across the industry, or across the entire
economy. Smart Supply Chains must be sustainable and it is clear that the
enhancements that have most economic benefit come with efficiencies that
will accelerate the reduction of CO2, but there is more that can be done
to enhance the reduction of CO2 with innovative ICT applications."
"The ideal Logistics System smoothly delivers goods where they are
needed, when they are needed, with the least amount of cost, energy,
carbon, pollution, noise, congestion and harm. This involves minimising
wait time and handling during the transport of goods to their final
For most freight, speed between nodes (eg freight hubs) is not as
important as consistent flow. This is different to passenger transport
where speed between nodes (eg stations) is a key requirement.
This difference in requirements highlights the need to have dedicated
freight corridors (linking key nodes) that can run large volumes of
freight at steady speed, timed to load/unload at each node. This has the
added advantage of keeping down total cost, energy, carbon, pollution and
noise, as well as reducing congestion and improving safety, including on
passenger networks, which may currently be operating on the same
The Council of Australian Governments (CoAG) has recognised this and the
7 December 2009, CoAG meeting agreed to national objectives and criteria
for the future strategic planning of Australias capital cities.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure,
Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will also be
conducting an Inquiry and holding a conference in March 2010 on smart
infrastructure, which will include a focus on transport, Mr Kilgariff
Mr Kilgariff said for Smarter Supply Chains to be effective, all T&L
modes (road, rail, sea and air) must be able to work together to maximise
The impact competition law has on the sharing of information across the
T&L supply chain - inhibits such an approach. Lack of a framework that
clearly stipulates government (or ACCC) requirements around cooperation
and information sharing, creates regulatory uncertainty, and is a
constraint for improved supply chain performance, Mr Kilgariff said.
The ALC Discussion Paper A Smarter Supply Chain - Using ICT to Increase
Productivity in the Australian Transport Logistics Industry, is available
from the ALC website at www.austlogistics.com.au.
7th January 2010 For further information please contact Michael Kilgariff
of ALC on 0418 627 995, or Rocky Wood of Telstra Enterprise and
Government on 0408 035 843.
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