DynaHUBs: From Urban Logistics to Resilience in the Smart City

DynaHUBs is a EU-funded H2020 Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) project. This two-year project started in September 2016 and has involved five partners: Lojika Field Labs (Turkey), S3Transportation (UK), Sustainable Innovation (Sweden), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – UPM (Spain), and Moveco (The Netherlands).

This door-to-door freight delivery platform, where equals are serving each other, is designed to accelerate sustainability through community-driven delivery. Its innovative algorithm provides a new way of connecting routes and increases capacity for door-to-door cargo and freight logistics.

Based on the car-pooling concept, DynaHUBs allows users to help their friends and neighbours by delivering packages on their way to work, home, or any other destination. DynaHUBs consists of living mechanisms and changes dynamically according to users’ needs, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and extreme situations such as natural- or man-made disasters.

The DynaHUBs partners have carried several Field Operational Tests (FOTs) in major cities such as Istanbul, Brussels, Antwerp, Stockholm and Madrid to improve and adapt the application to the real world’s needs. The 13 successful FOTs have involved more than 1,533 users and resulted in 4,335 exchanges completed. The encouraging outcome of the tests, in combination with the testers’ positive feedback, demonstrates a real need for such Smart City solution.

In addition, DynaHUBs has been recognised by the EU-supported Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, ALICE (www.etp-logistics.eu) for its contribution to research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe.

Fuelled by the continuous drive for improvement, the partners have also explored the usability of the application in the context of resilience. Six scenarios of natural- or man-made disasters (including snow-storms, terrorist attacks, floods, or high peaks of pollution) have been designed to carry out specific FOTs and test DynaHUBs during crisis situations. The resilience FOT in Istanbul were carried with the support of local rescue organisations, AKUT (the #1 search and rescue organization in Turkey) which acknowledged the benefits and the needs of DynaHUBs in such circumstances. On the occasion of the Madrid FOT, the partners also liaised with ANEPPCE (the Spanish National Association of Civil Protection and Emergencies Specialists), an entity that committed to join future DynaHUBs tests.

More information about DynaHUBs can be found on the website www.dynahubs.com.