The technology will help port authorities predict and manage potential congestion as well as anticipate truck arrivals at the gate
The Port of Valencia, Spain is trialling Internet of Things (IoT) technology aimed at improving its operational efficiency.
Traxen which provides data and services for the supply and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global leader in transportation and logistics are involved in the pilot IoT project which aims to provide a better overview of traffic at the port.
Specifically, Traxens is collaborating on the project with MSC Terminal Valencia and the Port Authority at the Port of Valencia, and Fundacion Valenciaport (FVP).
As part of the pilot project, MSC Spain trucks have been equipped with Traxens’ dedicated IoT devices, allowing for near real-time tracking of movement of vehicles. This can help port authorities to predict and manage potential congestions, as well as to anticipate truck arrivals at the gates.
Overall operational efficiency is therefore expected to significantly improve due to easy monitoring of on-site road activity, improved fleet management as well as pre- and post-carriage management.
Traxens has installed a gateway in the MSC Terminal to allow enhanced and secured connectivity. It will also provide access to its big data analytics platform, TraxensHub, via APIs, bringing enhanced analytics and reporting capabilities for port authorities.
“We are delighted to provide a trial site, which could eventually result in the improvement of operations for the whole of the shipping industry"
“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,” said Jacques Delort, managing director of Traxens.
“We believe that big data is the future of the shipping industry. We are delighted that we could co-operate with the Port of Valencia, which has ValenciaportPCS, one of the best-in-class Port Community Systems, on such an important project.”
Miguel Llop, director of ICT at the Fundacion Valenciaport said the port is committed to the role innovation and digitalisation can play in the future of shipping ports. “For example by using the PCS (Port Community Systems) integration platform,” he said. “We are delighted to provide a trial site for Traxens, which could eventually result in the improvement of operations for the whole of the shipping industry."
Following the pilot, Traxens aims to extend its solution to other terminals within the Port of Valencia, by deploying additional gateways. The existing gateway will then be used for testing and improving processes related to all smart containers passing through the area.
“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,” said Jaime Lopez, intermodal project leader, MSC Spain. “This could bring benefits to all parties.”
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