Living Lab 6 – Geoloc

Location: Bordeaux, France

Living lab type: Supply chain visibility

Corridors affected: The Bordeaux Living Lab will deploy the Aeolix platform and services in several port terminals on the Atlantic corridor in and around Bordeaux.

Partners involved:

Geoloc Systems (Bordeaux Living Lab leader), Cerema South-West, Novacom Services

Associated partners: MGI (Port management tool), Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (GPMB), Union Maritime et Portuaire de Bordeaux (UMPB), Bordeaux Métropole, FNTR (National Federation of road transport) Eric Louette et Claude Pfauvadel, French Ministry of Transport


The objectives of the Bordeaux Living Lab are the improvement of data flow from shippers and operators (especially SME’s) to the Bordeaux port and authorities with respect to required reporting in particular customs clearance and dangerous goods control. The main goal is to win time by proposing solutions optimizing the goods management during the key phases of the supply chain. This integrates services like estimated time of arrival, data interoperability and secured transfer of data including dangerous goods, appointment services by smartphone and container or bulk delivery and pick up management.

By integrating port and road transport in an interoperable and paperless way, we have the ambition to reduce the global time necessary for transport of goods. Existing tools developed in research projects Noscifel and GeotransMD will be finalized and interconnected to the Aeolix platform.

Multimodality is also key to the success of our living lab by proposing rail transport between 2 of the Bordeaux terminals which will permit the reduction of the number of trucks on the roads.

Data security is also crucial so that all actors of the supply chain participate in a confident way and this subject will be tackled by the adaptation and use of the GeotransMD TP1 highly secure platform supported by the French Ministry of Transport.

Finally, an ambitious and complete mobile app will be developed and proposed in priority to truck drivers but also to the other actors of the supply chain which are used to work outdoors.

Target users and companies

transport companies including dangerous goods, port and terminal managers, shippers, carriers, customs and public road control organisations

Long term benefits

  • Reduced risk to port and port communities with better access to dangerous goods content, location and faster clearance for access to port by Port Authorities
  • Reduced processing time import of goods due customs clearance, enhanced logistics control
  • Reduced waiting time for transportation assets while clearances are obtained, and hence reduction in associated CO2 emissions due idling, queuing of trucks.