Smart Ports: A deep transformational moment



Jose Antonio Gonzalez Florido and Alejandro Cadenas González, Telefónica Global


This paper sees a telecoms giant outline how it sees ports developing and evolving with 5G – a must read for forward thinking port/terminal executives. 

We first heard of the digital revolution years ago when it started in the sectors where adoption speeds were higher, the entry barriers were low, and levels of dynamism in product development and commercialization were significantly higher than the average. These sectors were the online retail, IT and other tech-based verticals. Nowadays, the transformational effect of digital technology has permeated almost all environments. This is why the digital revolution is not actually a revolution anymore, but a transformation that is focused on people and how technology can help them to improve their lives.

The digitalization of industrial processes is turning the way we produce goods and services upside down as we look for higher efficiencies and better management of resources. This revolution is the so called ‘Industry 4.0.’, and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be considered its ‘cornerstone’ due to the clear need to capture information from all industrial assets.

The maritime sector is not an exception in this revolution and the change is starting to accelerate. This is precisely what is happening in the Port of Algeciras which is deploying the first LTE Private Network in the Spanish port system. The Port of Rotterdam is also using IoT technology to create a ‘Digital Twin’ of the port, and thanks to that make better decisions. Similarly, the Port of Seville is using a ‘FIWARE Platform’ to deploy IoT services for container tracking and to manage railway traffic, as well as monitor the main parameters of the Guadalquivir River.

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