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Big Data and Analytics

PTI Edition 116 •

Focus on data sourcing, organisation, and analysis is expanding rapidly in ports and terminals.

Whether it be carbon emissions of users in a port complex or congestion levels outside of a container terminal, port community systems are drawing in greater and greater swathes of information for actionable insights.

Your New Year PTI Journal brings you some fantastic perspectives on latest best practices in data and analytics in the industry.

PTI welcomes a contribution from João Pita Costa, Innovation Manager at the EU Horizon 2020 PIXEL Ports project, which has introduced Europe’s first IoT-based single window for environmental performance. The Port Environmental Index harnesses machine learning algorithms to improve efficiencies and reduce the carbon footprint of a port facility.

Additionally, the team at INFORM returns for its final instalment of its Data Strategy series, this time delving deeper on the benefits of data-driven decision making. Data science and machine learning is already hiding in plain sight all around us: through weather prediction to fraud detection. Now, in ports and terminals, INFORM highlights how its own machine learning modules can improve yard equipment productivity by some 15%.

Staff Reporter James Turner sits down with the booming Port of Thessaloniki on the Greek coast. One of the most rapidly digitising ports on the continent, Thessaloniki will implement blockchain-based TradeLens technology into its processes, to harness the benefits of secure and seamless data transfer. The collaboration could be transformative for the local Greek economy and supply chain.

As we all know, a successful data strategy is underpinned by strong and open communication standards. The project leaders at the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC4.0) contributed to this edition of the journal, highlighting why a common language between humans-to-machine and machine-to-machine will be crucial as information sharing grows.

Finally, the Port of Antwerp has historically been at the forefront of digitalisation, and its latest investment continues to build on its port connectivity. Overhauled radar infrastructure provides yet another layer of data coming into the port’s digital nervous system, offering prodigious possibilities. PTI has the latest.

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