BT and Associated British Ports (ABP) have started trials of the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor technology solutions at the Port of Ipswich to digitise operations.

The trial aims to accelerate the movement and processing of cargo goods and digitise the port’s processes related to logistics and operations.

BT and ABP have deployed the IoT devices on cranes and transport equipment used for the collection and transportation of cargoes across the port.

The data produced by the IoT solution will be captured and visualised on BT’s Intelligent Asset Platform for efficient unloading and transportation of cargoes in real-time.

With the information collected, port management will be able to track the progress of ship-to-shore operations and make rapid, data-driven decisions.

BT enterprise unit, corporate and public sector managing director Dean Terry said: “In deploying our IoT solution, we’re able to help produce intelligent, actionable insights to support the teams on the ground to monitor equipment in real-time and make instant, autonomous decisions to speed up the supply chain.

“This is made possible by combining our award-winning 4G EE network with our deep expertise in sensor technology, network infrastructure and supply chains.”

The company stated that the data also provides travel distance, information regarding routes taken, records of time and weight of unloaded goods.

It also helps to monitor periods of inactivity, underutilisation of equipment and determine the maintenance requirements of cargoes to reduce costs and greenhouse gasses.

ABP Wales and short sea ports region director Andrew Harston said: “The data generated by the IoT solution gives the team in Ipswich the power to manage our resources and assets more effectively, improving our productivity and reducing our costs.”