Port of Barcelona: Ports and Cities Come Together Under the Smart Port Concept



Emma Cobos, Business Development Director, Port of Barcelona


The Port of Barcelona is committed to a Smart Port model that involves a gradual move towards a more efficient, sustainable port with the capacity to provide continuous service. Relations between ports and their cities are increasingly intense. The port and the city are no longer juxtaposed and are increasingly linked together. Following this path towards integration, the city of Barcelona is leading the way in developing “Smart” policies at international level.

A Smart Port is one that uses automation and innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), digitalisation, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain to improve its performance.

The Port of Barcelona remains firmly committed to these technologies in the port field and today is one more touchstone in the development of a smart port model where technology can automate processes, connect the various actors in the logistics chain through platforms that streamline transactions and bureaucratic procedures —making them more reliable and traceable— and where the data collected throughout these interactions between vehicles, sensors, people and institutions allow better decision-making.

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