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Review of INFORM’s Futuristic Smart Port Novella

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Author(s): Richard Joy, Consulting Editor, Port Technology International

INFORM's '2038: A Smart Port Story' by Dr. Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier follows the events that unfold when 'Douglas', an upper-mid-level INTERPOL employee, is interrupted on his holiday in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa of Iceland by a serious incident in the Port of Reykjavik.

Writing what is, in essence, a book review isn’t something I thought I’d find myself doing at Port Technology. As we’re a publisher of academic, technical content, I was a little unsure of what to make of the idea when presented with a 7,000 prose piece written by Dr. Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier of INFORM (and that was only part one, I was told!). However, having read plenty of INFORM papers and knowing their propensity for breaking the mould with enterprising papers that synergize contemporary cutting-edge terminal operations with the dystopian visions from high-literature and Sci-Fi classics, I was more than willing to take a look at what they’d created…


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Smart Ports & Supply Chains

PTI Edition 79 • Digital & Print
The supply chain is altering to fit a smarter future; technologies once perceived as threats are quickly becoming opportunities. This edition explores beyond the port to inform its readership about the incoming changes that will evolve ports into 'smart' nodes.