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If suitcases go on a journey

Research on uncoupling transport of passengers and baggage

If suitcases go on a journey
Dipl.-Ing. Frank Michelberger, EURAIL-Ing.
Copyright: Fotostudio Kraus

Baggage may be cumbersome and heavy and therefore a common reason in everyday life why  people rather use their car instead of environmentally friendlier and more space-saving means of transport.

The Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research of the St. Pölten UAS researches together with cooperation partners in several research projects how baggage transport can be facilitated or in the ideal case be totally separated from passenger transport.

Easy baggage check-in

Under the heading “store & go“ an interdisciplinary team examines modern systems of baggage storage: baggage items are to be checked in and reclaimed at ground level and barrier-free; the container technology in the background should store everything automatically and space-savingly – without all the annoying cramming and squeezing.

Creating effective transport depots is an important factor of success for the improvement of attractiveness and performance of transport systems. “Due to their structure and design conventional safe deposit boxes are inefficient regarding their use of space and are not problem-free usable for all passenger groups. The enormous seize diversity of the temporarily stored goods or baggage items leads to large-volume and uneconomical facilities“, explains Frank Michelberger, head of Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research at St. Pölten UAS.

Travelling without baggage

The project “GepäckLoS“ even goes a step further: According to its vision people should not have to care about their bags and suitcases at all anymore. “Baggage is one of the main reasons why people resort to their car when travelling or in their everyday mobility. In order to foster active and sustainable forms of mobility it is inevitable to uncouple baggage and passenger transport“, says Michelberger. The project “GepäckLoS“ searches for logistics systems enabling exactly this.

Small items hitting the road

In the project “smartBOX“ the St. Pölten UAS is working on the improvement of a transport system of small items (piece goods, baggage and parcels), making the presence at the parcel delivery unnecessary in the future. The basis therefore are reusable containers (the “smartBOX“) as well as pick-up and check-in terminals. The St. Pölten UAS researches primarily the impacts of this system on the environment.

Links to the projects

All the above mentioned projects are sponsored by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) in the framework of "Mobilität der Zukunft" (“Mobility of the Future“)  and are cooperatively put into practice with netwiss, the LOGISTIKUM at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and other partners.

The Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research of St. Pölten UAS researches future transport systems in interdisciplinary projects: from baggage-free passenger transport, work places in control centres to a game making sustainable mobility feasible.