Industry Leaders Collaborate for AI Port Automaton


A new automation taskforce aims to combine artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, IoT, and big data to deliver a single, integrated solution for future terminal automation projects.

The partnership will combine the expertise of terminal systems designer Navis, platform and productivity company Microsoft China, terminal equipment manufacturer ZPMC, and the global infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol.

As ZPMC's technology provider, Microsoft China will support the company's strategic intelligent systems transformation and combine software and services from Navis and Moffatt & Nichol to design and implement solutions for the port sector.

Navis is the headline sponsor for Port Technology's 2018 Container Terminal Automation Conference

Yen Tseng, General Manager of Microsoft China Enterprise & Partner Group in Greater China Region, said: “Enterprises around the world, across various industries, especially traditional industries like manufacturing and shipping, are facing both opportunities and challenges brought by digital transformation that are powered by technological advancements in IoT, big data, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.

“As a leading technology provider, Microsoft is cooperating with leading partners in bringing the best-in-class technologies, platforms and services to further accelerate customers’ digital transformation.”

The taskforce members gathered on November 7, 2017, at ZPMC’s Smart Terminal Solutions Forum in Shanghai (pictured below) to outline their aims, which also includes the optimization and automation of existing terminal infrastructures and systems.

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Mark Welles, VP and General Manager, Asia Pacific, of Navis, said: “The joint taskforce consisting of members from Navis, ZPMC, Microsoft China, and Moffatt Nichol has the potential to further extend Navis’ footprint and involvement in a majority of the world’s automated projects, including sites that are just getting started, as well as those like QQCTN on the cutting edge of terminal innovation.

“While much has been achieved to date, our experience tells us that the collective industry as a whole still faces challenges ahead in order to achieve the full potential offered by automation.

“We are proud to join the team, standing united with other top leaders in the field to provide smart solutions for our customers, and at the same time, reinforce our commitment to PartnerShipping for Performance as a member of the greater ocean supply chain.”

Watch Guenter Schmidmeir, former Vice President & General Manager, EMEA at Navis, explain how terminal operations can be improved:

Read more: 'Qingdao Terminal: Fully Automated to Welcome Megaships', a technical paper by Mark Welles, Navis, and Li Yongcui; General Manager Assistant, QQCTN, has focused on the construction of China's first fully automated terminal

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