Port & Terminal Security in the Digital Age



Prof. Maria Burns, Director of the Logistics & Transportation Policy Program, University of Houston


What does digital transformation have to do with port and terminal security and operational efficiency? Everything, really.

A port’s decision for automation is the relentless drive for effective, efficient, fast, and continuously monitored supply chain processes. Full automation enables port and terminal managers to meet and exceed client requests and market demands, while allowing flexibility and dependability.

This is achieved through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, blockchain technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Automation has transformed the way cargoes move across global supply chains, but also the real time capabilities of monitoring and controlling these movements. Port and terminal management becomes more reliable and sustainable through automated berthing operations, automated scheduling of ships, services, and cargo handling, as well as the monitoring and controlling of fixed and mobile equipment.

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