Thinkport Vienna: a Think Tank and Mobility Lab for Smart Urban Logistics

Good news about our ports

15 May 2017

In April 2017, the Port of Vienna and BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) initiated thinkport VIENNA. 

thinkport VIENNA is a think tank, innovation factory and open mobility lab that comprehensively and sustainably deals with the logistic challenges in metropolitan areas. The initiative intends to be a catalyst, incubator and disseminator of new technologies, processes, services and knowledge in order to foster innovations in cargo logistics.

thinkport VIENNA views itself as an open and broad platform for companies and organisations with an interest in innovations in the sustainable urban logistics sector. These include transport and logistics companies as well as companies that rely on a properly functioning logistic system, ranging from large merchandise groups to small craftsman's businesses. Key target groups include start-up companies (innovation drivers) and the city administration with its logistics-oriented organisational units.

Doris Pulker-Rohrhofer, CTO of the Port of Vienna, said: “The vast premises of the Port of Vienna serve as a real-life environment for testing. Together with research, business and city administration partners, we seek to methodically develop and evaluate innovative and sophisticated concepts, processes and technologies, which are then pilot-tested at the Port of Vienna and in the city area."

Five mobility labs are currently under construction in Austria. The mobility lab in Vienna is the only one with an exclusive focus on cargo transport and logistics. Josef Glößl, Vice Rector of the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), said: "The urban mobility lab 'thinkport VIENNA' is BOKU's contribution to the development of scientifically founded, sustainable logistic solutions for the city of the future."

The "thinkport VIENNA" initiative is funded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) through a research promotion programme ("mobility of the future").

The following national and international companies have meanwhile become letter-of-intent partners of thinkport VIENNA: Heavy Pedals (Lastenradtransport und -verkauf OG), Effizienzcluster Management GmbH-Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany), G. Zoubek-Vertriebs-KG (Adamah), iMinds Living Labs of Ghent University (Belgium), NetPort Science Park AB (Karlshamn, Sweden), Scania Österreich Ges.m.b.H., City of Vienna, Executive Group for Construction and Technology, StoreMe GmbH (Austria), Sustain SA, Australian Living Labs Innovation Network (Australia), WIENER LINIEN GmbH & Co KG, Vienna Economic Chamber (Transport and Communications).

This Good News about our ports was based on the original press release, which you can find enclosed.


From left to right: Josef Glößl (BOKU Vienna), Doris Pulker-Rohrhofer (Port of Vienna), Renate Brauner (Executive City Councillor of Finance, Economic and International Affairs), Michael Häupl (Mayer of the City of Vienna) © Eva Kelety

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