The latest edition of Port Technology’s e-Journal of Ports & Terminals, “5G, AI, ML & Exponential Tech”, features a new paper from European telecoms giant Telefónica Global on the digital transformation taking place at smart ports around the world.
While digitization has taken effect more quickly in other sectors, as suggested by Jose Antonio Gonzalez Florido, Global IoT Business Development Manager, and Alejandro Cadenas González, Global Head of Strategic Partners, adoption speed in the ports and terminals sector has been slower.
That being said, “the transformational effect of digital technology” has now “permeated almost all environments”, including global logistics.
In their paper, the Telefónica chiefs seek to define the next evolution of the industry, breaking down “Maritime Sector 4.0” into four key components; these areas of focus include port authority digitalization, port-terminal integration, port-terminal-city collaboration and end-to-end solutions.
Corresponding closely with a recent white paper by the Port of Rotterdam, which focused on how a Port Community System (PCS) can be built by linking supply chains, Florido and González discuss how technology is key to boosting connectivity, improving data processing and sharing information.
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By adopting a three-step approach, which involves creating a “foundational layer” for 4.0 services using private LTE solutions, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect assets, and analyzing data intelligently to develop “actionable insights”, ports and terminals can make that next step to becoming smarter.
Florido and González have also predicted that the development of next-generation connectivity and digital technologies will enable new use cases to be identified, further advancing the ports and terminals sector into the future.
With so many opportunities now available as a result of digital technology, as well as new innovations such as “digital twins and predictive models”, the entire industry seems ready to move into the future.
To read this paper on 5G, as well as other key insights on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), you can download Edition 83 of Port Technology’s journal today.