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February 1, 2018

Port of Rotterdam and IBM partner on IoT to digitise operations

The Port of Rotterdam Authority in the Netherlands has partnered with IBM to transform its operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud-based technologies.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority in the Netherlands has partnered with IBM to transform its operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud-based technologies.

The multi-year digitisation programme is intended to prepare the port’s entire 42km site to accommodate connected ships in future.

A centralised dashboard application will be developed in the initial phase of the initiative to gather and process real-time water (hydro) and weather (meteo) sensor data, as well as communications information.

"Thanks to real-time information about infrastructure, water, air etc. we can enormously improve the service we provide to everyone who uses the port."

The collected data will then be evaluated by IBM’s Cloud-based IoT platform in order to convert it into useful information to assist the Port of Rotterdam when making important decisions.

The information is expected to help the port reduce waiting times and determine optimal times for ships to dock, load and unload, as well as host a greater amount of ships within the available space.

Furthermore, the entire digitisation process is anticipated to allow the port to conduct safer and more efficient traffic management operations.

Technology groups Cisco and Axians will also be involved in the project.

Port of Rotterdam Authority chief financial officer Paul Smits said: “Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world.

“Speed and efficiency is essential to our business and requires us to use all of the data available to us.

“Thanks to real-time information about infrastructure, water, air etc. we can enormously improve the service we provide to everyone who uses the port, and prepare to embrace the connected, autonomous shipping of the future.”

The Port of Rotterdam currently handles more than 461 million tonnes of cargo and over 140,000 vessels every year.

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