Traxens has partnered with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company to trial the internet-of-things (IoT) network at the Port of Valencia in Spain.

The project started in September and is expected to enhance the operational efficiency of the port.

Apart from Traxens and MSC Terminal Valencia, the Port Authority at Port of Valencia and Fundacion Valenciaport (FVP) are involved in the project.

Traxens managing director Jacques Delort said: “Our pilot project at the Port of Valencia is one of the first applications of an IoT system in a port environment and we are eagerly awaiting results.

“We believe that big data is the future of the shipping industry.”

For the pilot, Traxens has installed its dedicated IoT devices on MSC Spain trucks to track the movement of vehicles in near real-time.

The tracking is expected to help port authorities to predict and manage potential congestion, and to estimate truck arrival timings at the gates.

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It can also improve overall operational efficiency by allowing easy monitoring of on-site road activity and enhanced fleet management, as well as pre and post carriage management.

As part of the project, Traxens equipped the MSC Terminal with a gateway to facilitate improved and secured connectivity.

“We believe that the functionality can really help port authorities in improving operations.”

The gateway will offer access to Traxens’ big data analytics platform, TraxensHub, through multiple application programming interfaces (APIs). It will also help port authorities with advanced analytics and reporting capabilities.

MSC Spain intermodal project leader Jaime Lopez said: “We have already used IoT devices by Traxens for tracking our containers and we believe that the functionality can really help port authorities in improving operations.

“This could bring benefits to all parties.”

Once the pilot is completed, Traxens plans to deploy additional gateways to extend the range of its IoT network at other Port of Valencia terminals.

Following the extension, the current gateway will be used to test and improve processes related to all smart container movements in the area.