Ports of Genoa launches smart technology pilot to optimise operations

Vado Ligure to host smart technology pilot

The EasyLog EU project has launched a trial project to test innovative technologies at the Vado Ligure VIO Intermodal Terminal, according to Ports of Genoa.

The project is financed by the Interreg Italy-France Maritime European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), a group which includes the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority and the Italian Chambers of Commerce of the Italian Riviera.

The pilot project includes testing of a new virtual gate system is based upon the use of smart glasses and allows gate security officers to read in real-time number plates and ADR codes of hazardous cargo, as well as estimate vehicle length. There is also the potential for better storage and sharing of data across the supply chain.

Ports of Genoa said the ongoing trial phase has “confirmed the wide range of benefits that can be gained” from the integration of a smart gate system which it said is designed to “drastically reduce gate in/gate out transit times, speed up data transmission and optimise terminal security operations”.

In a statement, Ports of Genoa explained, “One of the driving forces behind the success of VIO Intermodal Terminal is a focus on innovation technology.

“This can be attested by the installation of the automated rail gate system, implemented across the EU project Vamp Up (CEF 2015 Fund), designed to monitor in real-time rail cars in/out of the Port of Vado Ligure.”

It is the latest smart technology innovation from the Ports of Genoa, which in February launched a new app to digitise supply chain and customs documents and improve the flow of containerised trade.

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