Port embraces smart mapping technology to improve shipping efficiency
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The ability to visualise the “where” dimension in patterns, trends and other spatial relationships is crucial for planning and optimising processes. We’ve previously seen location intelligence being applied to Nepal’s HDX (Human Data Exchange) platform for disaster relief. Another example is the NINA app in Brazil, which empowers women to report harassment in public places. Now, Europe’s largest port is utilising geospatial data to coordinate and advance port operations.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Esri have partnered up to create a dynamic mapping software and data hub for port users. It combines geographic, sensor and real-time data to sculpt a digital twin that offers contextual insights into all things static, mobile, human-driven or autonomous. Industrial grade sensors are connected for security and management functions, and 2D maps are gradually being replaced by 3D ones.
This degree of situational awareness will pave the way for improved workflow integration, asset monitoring, streamlined interfaces and vessel traffic management in the port. Smart mapping forms predictive models of weather, water and traffic conditions to determine when vessels can safely dock. Alerts are sent to managers, administrators, safety personnel, supply chain stakeholders to coordinate port activity. These tools increase the efficiency of loading/offloading processes and reduces congestion – issues which the maritime transport industry has traditionally struggled with.
The Port of Rotterdam’s seeks to become the ‘world’s smartest port’, and realise a global network of ports and supply chain partners. It envisions 2030 as the year when autonomous vessels will interact seamlessly with those operated by people.
Spotted by Pamela Brown, written by Springwise.
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