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42km of Connected Complexity: Operating in the Digital Future

Editor's note: This paper from the Port of Rotterdam leads Edition 80: Ports of the Future as it is a wonderful overview not just of Rotterdam, but of what the modern smart port is. 

Rotterdam is a port city, meaning there's more to the local environment than just the port itself. This paper articulates how Rotterdam envisions itself as the core of a major European city, networks with key players in the region, and facilitates a lively and dynamic industry of startups in its orbit. 

Rotterdam is also famous for the wealth of academic institutions that are closely connected to the port, and this paper shows how it is using these to its advantage. 

Excerpt: “Being a smart port is much more than merely introducing awesome new technology into a port to make it safer, more efficient and more sustainable. It is also about looking further ahead in time, making strategic choices to ensure that the port still exists in the future, whilst responding to changes in climate, politics, technology, industries and cargo flows.

One of our recent strategic choices is a targeted commitment to digital innovation. This will allow us to take optimal advantage of new technologies presented by digitisation: advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain transactions and hyper-precise data, to name a few.”

Vincent Campfens, Business Consultant, the Port of Rotterdam

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