#SPSC18 Countdown: Port Digitization


Many of you have already purchased your tickets for the Smart Ports and Supply Chain Technologies conference (#SPSC18), which will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from October 2-3, 2018, so it is about time Port Technology prepared you for what is about to come!

One of our event highlights will be sure to come on day one in ‘Port Digitization: Technologies for Smarter Operations Integration’, the second session of the conference.

Dirk Schlemper, Marketing and Sales Optimization Software at INFORM — a company specialized in operational decision-making, will moderate the session.

There will be more speakers announced soon, so watch this space, but so far he will be guiding insights from Gerald Hirt, Managing Director of Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and Tim Clark, Director of Sales, Channel Systems & Accessories, Europe & North Africa, Motorola.




Through individual 10-minute speaker presentations and a follow-up panel discussion, Schlemper, Hirt and Clark will explore the benefits of port-tech incubators, focusing on collaboration optimization with start-ups and other model disrupters.

They will also discuss technologies and services linked to IoT, the cloud, sensors, blockchain, big data, augmented reality, autonomous transportation, mobile devices and apps, which are all important in fostering a smart port and supply chain environment.

HVCC is a great example of a facility that is moving with the times and anticipating future challenges.

In Hirt’s opinion, the centre is a key player in the digitization of port and terminal operations as well as collaboration with other stakeholders.



In a recent SPSC conference Q&A, he explained that HVCC is a best-practice example for ‘organic’ digitization, which he explained at length in his recent Port Technology technical paper.

Port Technology has greatly welcomed Clark’s participation as a speaker as he will form an important part of the session discussion by providing his project-built knowledge from Motorola Solutions.

The American data communications and telecommunications equipment provider specialises in bringing together disparate communication channels under a single user interface.

Once both presentations have set the scene of how the port and supply chain environment is changing, Schlemper will use his expertise gained from years of experience at INFORM to probe the points made by the executives.


To keep up with the port digitalization conversation, you may want to read a Port of Rotterdam technical paper, which details how technology giant IBM will take on one of the most ambitious projects in the port’s history — the building of a fully functional and connected AI smart port.

A fundamental element of such a digitally driven project is data, and you can learn more by watching INFORM's Dr. Eva Savelsberg discuss the opportunities that are arising from technological advancements in a recent Port Technology video.


INFORM on Managing Data:


However, if those resources are still not enough to saturate your brain with information on smart ports and supply chains, Port Technology has also published its first e-Book marking the event – The Path to Intelligence.

Let us know what you think about the session and get involved in the #SPSC18 conversation by using the hashtag on social media. 

Line up subject to change, visit spsc.events for the latest information on the conference.

Prepare further for #SPSC18 by watching more of PTI's videos:

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