The Port of Corpus Christi Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Autonomy Institute Inc. to develop and implement intelligent and autonomous projects along the port’s Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor.
The agreement will make use of the port’s Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor as a natural use case and proving ground for the deployment of intelligent infrastructure, these include Public Infrastructure Network Nodes (PINN), NextG wireless, assured position navigation timing, edge computing and smart IoT devices.
“The Port of Corpus Christi is future-focused and committed to bringing the best-available technology to bear to increase safety and efficiency in support of our customers,” said Jeff Pollack, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi. “Partnering with the Autonomy Institute is a great way to leverage innovation to fulfil our core mission.”
The terms of the agreement also sees the port providing access to select geospatial data and infrastructure to support the development and deployment of emerging technologies.
In turn, the autonomy institute will assist in identifying potential technology partners and funders while also providing technical assistance for these intelligent and autonomous technologies.
Jeffrey DeCoux, Chairman of the Autonomy Institute, added “PINN is the first unified open standard to incorporate 5G wireless, edge computing, radar, lidar, enhanced GPS, and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a single unified system.
“PINNs are designed to rapidly deliver a multitude of advanced edge sensors and computing capabilities urgently needed to support autonomy and IoT.
“Autonomy Institute is partnering with EDJX, the pioneer in the distributed cloud services at the edge, to actively develop and deploy real-world solutions at the edge with the world’s foremost innovations and thinkers in the field of autonomous and connected systems as part of activating the PINN, as seen as the critical element required to advance intelligent and autonomous solutions for city resilience.”
This is the latest agreement the port has entered into in order to incorporate more emerging technologies in its operations. In February 2021, it signed another MoU with the Port of Rotterdam, outlining a number of shared objectives, including the information on emerging technologies relating to navigational safety and environmental protection.