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.