Combining Emerging Technology For Smarter Port Operations



Richard Willis, Technical Director for Port Operations, and John-James Gallagher, Civil Engineer & Smart Ports Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV, Liverpool, UK


Smart ports are operationally efficient, environmentally friendly, physically and digitally secure, safe, and cost-effective. They supplement operators’ intelligence with harmonised, real-time data so they can dynamically respond to supply chain and local stakeholder needs; and continue to evolve through collaborative innovation. By this definition, the totally-smart port may not yet be fully realised, but recent years have seen the concept grow in importance.

Most ports and port-sector players around the globe are focussing on making operations smarter, while enablers from SMEs to large corporations are rising from other industries to meet the demand for disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), sensor-enabled robotics and augmented reality (AR).

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