Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
With productivity, environmental, and economic pressures mounting, ports around the world are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics and machine learning to boost operational efficiencies. Working together to mesh edge, AI and 5G technologies, Awake.AI and Intel are leading port operations to the computer vision era. The solution uses machine-learning models to detect objects in the port yard using sensors installed in the port area and automatically provide real-time awareness of utilization rates and cargo flows.
Global supply chains and their importance for the world’s economy have been frequently debated in the wake of the Covid pandemic. The organization of the flow of cargo has been a great challenge since ancient times. With the enormous values being shipped daily, there is great potential in improvements that can be made to make the process more efficient. Awake.AI and Intel are now enabling ports around the world to take the next step in digitalization. Potential benefits from using the platform include but are not limited to a better use of existing capacity, reduced port area emissions, accurate real-time prediction of arrivals and departures, optimized port calls driven by AI and computer-vision insights, real-time information sharing, and time and cost savings.
For example, Lidar sensor data, often combined with other sources of data, can be used to optimize the arrival and departure of landside traffic. Sensors can detect congestion, enabling re-routing port gate and inner area traffic, says Karno Tenovuo, CEO of Awake.AI.
With a powerful, scalable data-intensive platform capable of processing tens of millions of events per day, integration to port systems, shipping line systems along with APIs, web, and mobile tools that support both automated and manual cargo flow events Awake.AI can deliver full end-to-end visibility through a cargo flow control center.
Using powerful computer vision technologies from Intel, including intelligent edge and cloud instances powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and optional vision accelerators that can benefit from the use of the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit, port operators can receive warnings of disruptions from expected normal operations along the cargo flow.
“Smart Port as a Service and our cooperation with Awake.AI have great potential to revolutionize trade and to make it more sustainable,” said Maurits Tichelman, Intel Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We can help transportation providers turn data into insights to achieve fast, efficient and informed use of transportation resources.”
The collaboration between Awake.AI and Intel has resulted in an AI-driven solution with great potential for the next step in digitalization of global transportation. With Smart Port as a Service™, ports have a well-defined path toward the future, Karno Tenovuo, CEO of Awake.AI concludes.
For the entire brief, please see: https://www.awake.ai/intel-solution-brief
It is a pleasure to learn that our Members are now able to travel once again and pick up with face-to-face meetings where we left off so many months ago.
IHMA Member Shawn Grant, Harbour Master of Port of Sept-Îles, Canada and his team recently visited Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel at the Port of Rotterdam.
Of their valuable trip he commented: ‘Our visit to the Port of Rotterdam was extraordinary and very informative. Port Rotterdam has always been a leader in implementing Environmental Protection measures and as such we were interested in discussing best practices. During the visit I was accompanied by the Sept-Iles (Canada) Economic Development Corporation.
On 9 June Eng Abdulrab Al-Khulaqi, Deputy Executive Chairman of Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC), received at the Marine Department Building, Ms Marcela Masiarik, the chancellor of the German Embassy, and Ms Melissa Rahmouni, Senior Advisor at the French Embassy in Yemen.
Captain Ahmed Al-Bishi, Acting Director of General Maritime Operations, welcomed the visitors and explained the functions of this department, which works around the clock, the main interface of the port, through which the procedures for receiving ships, berthing and sailing are arranged.