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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ports trial IoT tech

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Several European ports are using IoT and machine learning technology to improve their efficiency.

Traxens in France is working with the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company on a pilot IoT project in the Port of Valencia, Spain, while the Smart Port North East Testbed will evaluate satellite-based systems at the Port of Berwick, Port of Blyth, Port of Sunderland, Teesport and Port of Tyne in the UK.

As part of the Spanish pilot, MSC Spain trucks have been equipped with Traxens’ dedicated IoT devices, allowing for near real-time tracking of movement of vehicles. This helps the port operators predict and manage potential congestion, as well as to anticipate truck arrivals at the gates.

Traxens has installed a gateway in the MSC Terminal to allow enhanced and secured connectivity. It will also provide access to its big data analytics platform, TraxensHub, via APIs, bringing enhanced analytics and reporting capabilities for port authorities.

“Our pilot project at the Port of Valencia is one of the first applications of an IoT system in a port environment and we are eagerly awaiting results,” said Jacques Delort, managing director of Traxens. “We believe that big data is the future of the shipping industry. We are delighted that we could co-operate on such an important project with the Port of Valencia, which has ValenciaportPCS, one of the best-in-class Port Community Systems.”

“We have already used IoT devices by Traxens for tracking our containers and we believe that the functionality can really help port authorities in improving operations. This could bring benefits to all parties,” said Jaime Lopez, intermodal project leader, MSC Spain.

“The Port of Valencia believes in the role of innovation and digitalization in the future of shipping ports, for example by using the PCS (Port Community Systems) integration platform. We are delighted to provide a trial site for Traxens, which could eventually result in the improvement of operations for the whole of the shipping industry,” said Miguel Llop, director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), at the Fundacion Valenciaport.

Following a successful pilot trial, Traxens aims to extend its solution to other terminals within the Port of Valencia, by deploying additional gateways. The existing gateway will then be used for testing and improving processes related to all smart containers passing through the area.

The SmartPort scheme will explore technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, unmanned marine vessels and airborne UAVs to examine ways of speeding up trade, increasing efficiency and reliability, reducing costs, tracking cargo, improving security and protecting the environment.

The Smart Port North East Testbed is the first initiative of the Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service (SAINTS) that was recently launched by the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.

The project targets four key outcomes for the ports: new business opportunities and hinterland engagement; boosting the growth of green energy and low carbon solutions; improved customer experiences; and operational excellence and security in and around the port.
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