Europe’s Largest Shipping Port to be Upgraded with IoT, AI, and Big data


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IBM and the Port of Rotterdam, the largest shipping port in Europe, will be working to remodel the port with smart capabilities. The new shipping port will have artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data to reduce cost and increase its efficiency. The port handles more than 461 million tons of cargo and more than 140,000 vessels each year.

According to the Port of Rotterdam, the innovative step will prepare its 42-kilometer site to host connected ships and develop a central dashboard application for collecting and processing specific data, such as weather, water, and communications.

"Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world. Speed and efficiency are essential to our business, and requires us to use all of the data available to us… 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,” said Paul Smiths, the chief financial officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Data collected through the new dashboard will be analyzed using the cloud-based IoT technologies of IBM. After analysis, the data will be turned over to the port’s authority for decision-making. The combined efforts of AI, big data, and analytics are expected to reduce wait times at the port, determine the best docking times, and allow admittance of more ships. For instance, the upgrade can enable the port to forecast the best times in accordance with the current water level for the ships to arrive and depart, securing the cargo on board.