Leixões embraces accelerator programme

The programme will initially evaluate the innovation needs of the port and then put forward strategies and tools to improve overall performance activities Photo: Fernando Coutinho/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0 The programme will initially evaluate the innovation needs of the port and then put forward strategies and tools to improve overall performance activities Photo: Fernando Coutinho/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0
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The Port of Leixões is undertaking a nine-month pilot programme aimed at modernising and boosting efficiency through the use of digital technology.

The so-called “Bluetech Accelerator” programme, which was first introduced in January, is being implemented in partnership with Beta I.

The programme will initially evaluate the innovation needs of the port and then put forward strategies and tools to improve overall performance activities, making use of such tools as the Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, terminal automation, ship automation, robotics and 3D printing.

The port authority said: “The use of the Bluetech Accelerator as a tool to accelerate the use of new technologies … seems to us to be a [positive] and innovative way forward, with great potential to generate value both for national ports and for the Portuguese economy.”

The port authority hopes the programme will help to consolidate the concept of the “Smart Port”, leading to more efficient, reliable, fast, secure and sustainable port business model.

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