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24.06.2015

Mobile connectivity transform ports into connected hubs

Image | Port de Barcelona

Everyday a huge number of goods and people come and go through ports, and the authorities must manage all of this activity very precisely.

Several prestigious institutions have participated in preparing reports that illustrate the importance of incorporating new technologies into the day to day of running of the ports. These are proposals that, as noted by the report Port Accenture Solutions, have already been implemented in Chinese ports such as Shenzhen, Shanghai or the Guangzhou Port.

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Image | Noel Reynolds

However, at one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Singapore, has decided to take the lead and implement new technologies to manage traffic. That’s why it has been given the nickname of “the connected port”.

The authorities of the Port of Singapore, already considered one of the most modern in the world, have announced the installation of a mobile 4G network. This will allow them to increase connectivity between port authorities and ships, so that the coordination of tasks is much more efficient. They will be able to improve operations and make work more comfortable for members of the crew.

This appears to be the last phase of a process that began some time ago and various initiatives have been launched to more effectively manage the port. One activity that took place, called the “hackathon”, involved more than 300 people from different fields of science and technology working together to come up with new ideas for technologies to increase the efficiency of managing a port like Singapore’s.

But it’s not just in Asia that seaports are looking to innovate and incorporate new technologies. Those in charge of the Port of Los Angeles, considered the most important on the west coast of the United States, have also made the decision to upgrade their infrastructures and make them healthier for the environment. They have decided to install new remote controlled cranes that reduce loading and unloading times, and have designed an electric road and electric trucks that transport containers from one place to another.

In Spain there is also a port preparing to join the smart port category. The Port of Barcelona continues to implement new technologies with the firm intention of making procedures easier for travelers and for companies operating there. Automatic lighting management and automatically controlled input and output terminals, with which they have now managed to eliminate the use of paper in the transport of containers, are just a couple of the measures they have already put in place.

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Image | SmartPort

And that’s not all. A group of Spanish developers have created an application called SmartPort to let ships know about all the technological tools available to them when they dock. This is the first interactive guide for marinas and yacht clubs. As its creators say, “the ports can talk”, so thanks to this app available for both iOS and Android, sailors will now be able to interact and communicate in a more convenient and direct way.