Smart Ports as Lighthouse Nodes of Supply Chain Networks



Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), et al.


Ports of the world are crucial nodes in supply chain networks as they manage transshipments of goods.

Contemporary developments for the ports of tomorrow focus on establishing advanced capabilities for efficient physical handling of goods, not necessarily involving sea transports, as well as looking for opportunities to provide innovative digital services.

The latter helps the port to also become an information provider to the participants in supply chain networks as the port develops knowledge about when goods arrive or pass through the port. Such information feeds allow for status and conditions signals, identifying potential risks ahead of the goods, optimising supply chain buffer zones, generating real-time advice on route options to reach the point of destination
in full and on time.

The smart port is one source (out of many) for aggregated information serving as the basis for coarse-grained situational awareness enabling well-informed
decisions on the transportation of goods of commercial and humanitarian concern. Beyond the role as intelligence provider, lighthouse ports are providing insights to their customers assisting them to make the best moves along the chain.

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