VRT Finland has been working with port industry in Europe since its founding in 2010, performing 3D surveys and doing digitising projects for ports.
VRT has also developed a cloud software GISGRO which offers ports an easy start on the path for digitalisation and enables gathering of georeferenced port asset information into one visual platform.
Satamatieto has been a trailblazer of ports’ digital ERP since 2004. The software company has developed solutions for energy, environment, and resource management with their clients, aiming at easing the everyday work in the ports.
Ports often use dozens of different software for different purposes, which is a challenge when the goal is to enhance effectivity with digitalisation. Now as VRT acquires Satamatieto, this challenge is going to be tackled by experts of software development and asset digitalisation together with the port industry’s professionals.
“Our goal is to ease the everyday work in a port by gathering all the needed information on one platform. Ports now have different software for managing geographical information, assets and resources, but together with Satamatieto we can offer a complete solution to all the ports’ needs“, describes Kirsi Hänninen, CEO of VRT Finland.
“GISGRO is a modern online software, which can lift the benefits of PDS for ports on higher level. Easiness of use is the key to bring the digital tools into port’s everyday life. To reach this objective we need wide understanding of port industry and appreciate also our clients’ feedback and ideas for development”, continues Kimmo Naski, Chairman of the Board of Satamatieto.
Combining information into one platform helps the communication between different stakeholders in a port and enables the utilisation of large amount of data for the development of artificial intelligence.
Each port has its own unique business environment which means that general models may not be applicable for the decision making in the port. The port’s own database gives an opportunity to use the specific data from the port’s history and integrated data sources as the basis of AI solutions.
The majority of Finnish ports, and several ports around Europe use GISGRO and PDS. Merging of VRT and Satamatieto creates a significant hub of Finnish port expertise, leading the way for port digitalisation also in the international context.