Consorzio per la ricerca e lo sviluppo di

tecnologie per il TRAsporto INnovativo


On the various "Areas of Expertise" TRAIN has played more than 20 research projects in the period 1999 to 2010 for about 100 million euros, often addressing issues requesting transversal and multidisciplinary intervention. This allowed the acquisition of specific skills by providing added value to the Consortium with respect to the skills of each members.

You will find below some of the most important areas of expertise of the TRAIN Consortium with a note of the projects which these areas pertain.

Two areas strongly correlated with each other, that share characteristics, problems and prospects for development. The use of ICT systems has allowed an increase in the automation and standardization of procedures.

In this context, TRAIN has developed R & D in the following projects:

  • FERRO Project - “Development and demonstration of innovative technologies for rail transport” ;
  • SHIP RAIL ROAD Projects 1-2-3 - “Development of tools and products for the implementation of innovative processes of multimodal logistics”;
  • CCIT Project - “Centres of expertise in transport innovation”;
  • ERANET Project - “Exemplary research and development network for technology transfer in land transport and marine technologies” –;
  • SINAVE Project - “Innovative system of intermodal transport based on the use of fast ships” –;  
  • SITRAC Project -  “Research on simulators to support the development of an intermodal transport network based on cabotage” –;
  • CAESAR Project - “Coordination Action for the European Strategic Agenda of Research on intermodalism and logistics” –;
  • NEW OPERA Project - “New European Wish: Operating Project for European Rail Network” –;
  • INVIA Project - “Virtual Integration of the system of road haulage” –;
  • ECOWILL Project - "Ecodriving-widespread implementation for learners and licensed drivers" –;
  • TIGER Project - "Transit via Innovative gateway concepts solving european-intermodal rail needs"-;
  • TIGER DEMO Project - “Trans-Rail integrated goods european-express routes demonstrators” - 
  • SETRAM Project - “Development of an expert system with simulation features of the modes of freight transport and the selection of paths based on multicriteria”;
  • PORTO CORIGLIANO Project - “Preliminary study for the expansion and development of the port of Corigliano (CS)”;
  • STRAL Project - “System of lateral transshipment containers.”.

On the topic of sustainable mobility, the Consortium has developed the following projects to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts generated by vehicles in urban areas:

  • TADIRAM Project - “Development of technologies and advanced systems for the distribution and collection of goods in the sustainable city”;
  • ATP Project - “Management of the transport variable demand in the historic center of Sassari”;
  • EFRUD Project - “Emissions free refrigerated urban distribution”.

One of the main issues for the transport is represented by the cost of energy and fuel and the environmental problems associated with their use. The availability and use of renewable resources for the production of fuels from biomass allows us to propose a way of working to tackle these nodes. In this sector, the Consortium has developed technical and scientific research activities in the implementation of the BITRAS Project - "Biofuel for sustainable transport" -.

Telematics subservient to mobility is one of the key instruments of innovative transportation. The TRAIN Consortium has developed over the years, significant research and experimental development activities that led to the creation of important pilots and demonstrators on a 1:1 scale. Among them include:

  • SETRAM Project - “Development of an expert system with simulation features of the modes of freight transport and the selection of paths based on multicriteria”;
  • AGROLOGIS Project -“Strengthening of the intermodal logistics chain dedicated to the agro-industrial supply chain of the South of Italy” –.
  • INVIA Project - “Virtual integration of the system of road haulage” –;

Computer and telecommunications systems have coordinated the articulated set, which includes the main activities (and their main material and information flows), technologies, resources and organizations competing for the creation, processing, distribution, marketing and supply of an agri-food finished product. Particularly interesting was the activity of pre-competitive R & D that TRAIN has developed in that area through the implementation of the following projects:

  • INTERAGRO Project - “Methods and tools for integrated supply chain agro food”;
  • CNR Project - “Development of exports of agri-food products in the South of Italy”;
  • AGROLOGIS Project -“Strengthening of the intermodal logistics chain dedicated to the agro-industrial complex of the South of Italy” –.

The setting provided by TRAIN in the organization and implementation of projects of R & D in this sector has followed an approach based on preventive and predictive maintenance, to allow the greatest advances in the solution of problems and to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.

  • TELELOG 2000 Project - "System for controlling logistics and maintenance of means for handling" and railway bogies;
  • PANTOGRAFI Project - "Diagnostics of wheel and pantograph" -;
  • SIMMI Project - "Development of technologies for the realization of an integrated system for monitoring and maintenance of rail infrastructure."

The projects developed by TRAIN in this area have been initiated to provide answers to the growing demand for transport safety through new technologies of telematics, computer science and robotics.

The projects of greater technical-scientific interest developed by the Consortium in this field are:

  • Ministry of Environment - “Development and testing of a methodology for assessing the risk of Maritime Carriage of Dangerous Goods”;
  • TRAMP Project - "Integrated system of management and control for the safe transport of dangerous goods";
  • SITI Project - “Intelligent Safety in Tunnels”.