International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has invested more than PhP900 million ($17 million) in information technology (IT) for its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the last 10 years.
ICTSI has released that investments made in IT-driven solutions were key to Manila’s uninterrupted operations during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Noteworthy projects comprise ICTSI’s partnership with PLDT for the roll out of 5G at the terminal, an important cornerstone in MICT’s journey to become the first smart port in the Philippines.
Other 5G-integrated additions will include truck driver messaging, remote safety monitoring using intelligent surveillance systems and remote crane monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors.
The MICT is currently utilising the 5G technology to automatically weigh containers using spreader load cells in rubber-tyred gantries (RTG) which help shorten truck drivers’ stay at the port.
ICTSI has further invested in online payment systems which proved advantageous especially during the pandemic – providing a reliable billing process that remained unaffected.
“These technologies have been in place at the MICT for quite some time now and have proven to be game-changing, especially during the pandemic,” said Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Executive Vice President.
“We focused on optimising these existing systems and accelerated the development of other digitally enabled services to make our terminals more efficient even with limited personnel on site.