The 2020 iteration of the Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) is taking on an innovative new virtual format and will unpack the most important topics being discussed in terminal automation today.
Speaking ahead of the event, Stephane Morley, Director of Conferences at Port Technology International, described what this year’s event will bring to its audience.
“As most people around the world are unable to travel these days, we at PTI are able to bring these discussions directly to them and as such we have reached more people than a live event,” she said.
“Our virtual event platform enables people to connect and meet with others all around the world and to continue the discussion post-event. The live discussions and live Q&A sections provides people with the opportunity to engage in real-time with the speakers to have their questions answered.
“The virtual booth enables people looking for solutions to not only engage with the company but to learn more on their own time through videos, technical papers and additional information on products and services.”
Exhibitors at this year’s virtual event include DG World, Fluidmesh Networks, Holo Sail Technologies, Inform, Navis, Orbita and RBS. All of which can be viewed via the virtual exhibition space on the event platform.
This year’s event also sees high level attendance from the ports and terminals industry with the virtual platform allowing all those involved to network just as in a live event.
“We have over 125 International Terminal Operators registered, the most a Container Terminal Automation virtual conference has had this year,” Morley said.
“Sessions include innovative technologies, change management, retrofitting your terminal with automation, big data and analytics, standardisation and debating the future of automation. Speakers include: Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Terminal Investment Limited, DP World Europe, Termont, ZPMC, Victoria International Terminals, APM Terminals, PSA and many more.”
As well as terminal operators the 2020 iteration of CTAC brings on board a number of new sponsors including AIDrivers, Siemens, DG World, Effenco and Prodevelop.
“With these new sponsors on board we will hear the latest innovative technology advancements in addition to Navis’ vision for Automation and Emerging Technologies from Inform,” Morley said.
Finally, Morley also highlighted some of the exciting new topics of discussion for 2020. These include the push to decarbonize, this will look closely how port terminals can achieve their sustainability targets, utilising data to make meaningful and value-added decisions, and how 5G network deployment can provide the driving force for innovation projects.