Digital infrastructure

A solid digital infrastructure is a prerequisite for successful digitalisation in the port. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM have entered into a partnership that focuses on the digitalisation of the port area and the development of an Internet of Things platform. The Port Authority will be merging and processing data collected by a wide variety of sensors via a cloud-based platform.

Network of sensors

Quay walls, dolphins, roads and other structures through Rotterdam’s port area have been fitted with sensors. These sensors constantly collect and forward data to the platform currently being developed by the partners. The first step taken by the Port Authority and IBM in their collaboration is to collect hydro and meteorological data on aspects like water levels, salinity, wind speeds, visibility and currents, and merge them in the newly-developed dashboard.

Optimisation of shipping and port development

Among other things, we hope the new platform will enable us to reduce waiting times for ships and optimise mooring, loading and departure times. For example, in the near future we could use IBM’s technology to predict (depending on the water level) the best times to moor and cast off from a quay – all the while guaranteeing a maximum load. The platform will furthermore yield important new input for the sustainable development, management and operation of the port. In addition, the initiative prepares Rotterdam’s 42-ha port area for new developments in the area of autonomous shipping.

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