The system excels in representing very low up-front investment, and the business case builds on existing global transport modes. Through the developed technology a uniform interface is created which allows existing chassis and train wagons to move ISO containers and/or swap bodies between them without the use of lifting equipment. Thus, main advantages of each transport mode can be used in a new simple set-up making rail freight competitive. The required investment in infrastructure is limited to very little new road construction next to a railway track. This modest investment should be compared with conventional technology, where the establishment of a traditional intermodal terminal with cranes, etc., is required for moving freight from road to rail. Also, to reduce CO2 emissions, truck transport is only used for "last mile distribution". In the future, the system allows for electric vehicles for this operation, but even with the use of diesel trucks the systems provides a huge contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from freight transport.
The innovation is based upon a truck/train container transfer system (CTS) and a re-organization of the freight logistical networks in regional HUB/BASE structure. By bringing this disruptive SAFE-CTS concept to market, SGL will drastically optimize the entire inland freight value chain, through cheaper, faster and greener transport of goods. It will empower a paradigm shift by moving part of the increasing freight transport demand from road to more efficient multimodal rail-road transport logistics.