Rotterdam IoT tech to boost efficiency

Port of Rotterdam Real-time data at the Port of Rotterdam will be analysed through IBM's IoT cloud-based platform
Industry Database

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will be used at the Port of Rotterdam to increase operational efficiency and handle automation.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM’s multi-year digitisation initiative will also prepare the port’s 42km site to host connected, autonomous ships, beginning with the development of a centralised dashboard application that will collect and process real-time data for analysis through IBM's IoT cloud-based platform to enable safer and more efficient traffic management.

"Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world," said Paul Smits, chief financial officer at Port of Rotterdam Authority: "Speed and efficiency is essential to our business, and requires us to use all of the data available to us. Thanks to real-time information about infrastructure, water, air, etc., we can enormously improve the service we provide to everyone who uses the port, and prepare to embrace the connected, autonomous shipping of the future."

42km of sensors

Sensors are being installed across 42km of land and sea, which will gather multiple data streams including water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data about tides and currents, temperature, wind speed and direction, water levels, berth availability and visibility.

Data will be analysed by IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies and turned into information that the port can use to make decisions that reduce wait times, determine optimal times for ships to dock, load and unload, and enable more ships into the available space.

The port said that operators will be able to improve efficiency by viewing the operations of different parties at the same time, while shipping companies and the port could save up to one hour in berthing time and approximately US$80,000 in savings.

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