Intermodal Transport

Intermodal transport or combined transport means linking different transport modes (e.g., truck, rail, ship) within a transport chain. Almost two thirds of the goods in Germany are transported by road. The aim is to strengthen climate-friendly modes of transport, such as rail freight transport or inland-waterways, by combining transport modes and exploiting the monetary and ecological potential for shifting to green-modes. In this field, PTV considers the shift from load carrier-based road freight transport to low-cost and environmentally friendly transport modalities, such as rail or inland waterways. PTV has both professional and technical expertise.

PTV gained much expertise through many years of experience from consulting and IT projects in intermodal transport. PTVs core component is the xIntermodal, a specialized xServer, which combines the competence of road routing with the timetable-based data layer of intermodal networks. The combination of road routing and timetable-based components allows to view and compare classic road routes and intermodal alternatives. Entire transport networks can be planned and optimized by using this function. Besides the algorithms of the xIntermodal for routing and network optimization, intermodal data on infrastructures, services, and operators form a supporting basis. PTV has IT interfaces to timetable information from various operators and correspondingly enriched map material and data maintenance tools.The component is used in various web portals, platforms, TMS systems, or classic desktop applications.

Our product portfolio supports you on this and many other topics.

Our fields of action

  • Research into the shift from load carrier-based road freight transport to more climate-friendly transport modes
  • Facilitation of intermodal networks through flexibly integratable software components and interfaces
  • Routing and network optimization for transport chains

Selected projects

The research contents in this field are manifold. Besides algorithmic development, the focus is on data supply via central platforms and the application in/and between logistic nodes and associated communities. These topics are currently being researched and implemented in the EU projects FENIX and Clusters 2.0.

FENIX develops the first European federal architecture for data exchange, which serves the European logistics community of freight forwarders, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities and public authorities to ensure interoperability between all individual existing and future platforms.

Clusters 2.0 is a Horizon 2020 project that exploits the potential of European logistics clusters for a sustainable, efficient and fully integrated transport system. It improves and promotes coordination between logistics actors within clusters and between European logistics clusters.

Further projects are: MODULUSHCA, BESTFACT.

PTV products and solutions

PTV Route Optimizer

Routing and Scheduling as well as Route Optimization taking into account all truck attributes and restrictions

Learn more