Ports handle a vast amount of information in their daily work, and efficiency and safety are the priorities.
For seamless workflow it is essential that the information is available to all necessary stakeholders. Ports will now tackle the challenge in collaboration with GISGRO and Fintraffic.
The goal is to ease the information sharing by combining the asset information of the port with vessel schedule data into one platform.
”Our clients prefer the information needed in port operations being available in one platform. As a user-friendly cloud solution, GISGRO is a perfect way to achieve this. We can integrate information from different data sources into GISGRO, such as databases and weather stations, to create a comprehensive georeferenced situation map for the port. Vessel schedules bring in one important piece of the puzzle”, tells Kirsi Hänninen, CEO of VRT Finland, the company developing GISGRO.
”The arrival and departure of a ship determine the tasks and schedules of many people in a port,” Hänninen added. “Up-to-date vessel schedule data enables more efficient operations, shortening the waiting time of different actors working on port calls. Efficiency saves both money and environment, which is the reason many ports are utilising our services via Fintraffic APIs or Port Activity App.”
“By integrating Fintraffic’s schedule data into GISGRO via APIs the clients of VRT Finland as well as other ports receive the data easily, improving the effectivity of the service in both Finnish and international scale”, continues Program Manager Olli Soininen from Fintraffic.
Offering the schedule data via API enables tailoring of the service according to each port’s needs. VRT Finland has worked with port digitalisation for years, so they have strong experience and knowhow on developing ports’ digital tools.
”Even though the core functions of ports are similar, the operation environment varies. We work in close cooperation with ports in developing GISGRO to ensure it answers the most important question – how to ease ports’ daily work”, Hänninen says.