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  • Piet Opstaele: So the Port of Antwerp, a lot of containers are coming in,

  • millions of containers every year.

  • The chance is quite big that the coffee you drink

  • in the morning has one day passed through the port here.

  • Port business is not anymore about moving stuff,

  • as with the emerging technologies which are coming up.

  • It's also how can I optimize my supply chain?

  • How can I do that in a more sustainable way

  • by using technology as an enabler?

  • So the Port of Antwerp is the second-largest port in Europe.

  • It's about 120 square kilometers.

  • The result is that the port today

  • is six times the size of the city.

  • So size matters because the ships are becoming

  • bigger and bigger and deeper.

  • The terminal became bigger and more efficient.

  • Already today on the sea-going ships,

  • there was already a lot of technology present,

  • but what didn't happen

  • is that the overall supply chain was optimized.

  • Nico Wauters: The most important processes in shipping

  • are external processes,

  • which require a lot of collaboration.

  • So when a big ship arrives here

  • and all the trucks come here

  • to pick up their import containers,

  • literally more than hundreds of containers

  • have to be transferred to truck drivers per hour.

  • And you have, thanks to the capabilities of blockchain,

  • a perfect track record, as we can see who has transferred

  • at what particular moment.

  • This creates kind of a micro-ecosystem around one container.

  • It's important that the goods are tracked,

  • that they are delivered on time.

  • Certainly in these times of e-commerce

  • where fast delivery is crucial,

  • we feel the pressure from customers

  • that we have a very predictable delivery.

  • So to keep an eye on that, we built our digital twin,

  • where we connected different sensors.

  • We connected to the 500 cameras in the port.

  • We connected our pipeline information.

  • We brought together 12 different databases

  • with financial information,

  • GIS information, depth information.

  • So bringing more sensors,

  • bringing in artificial intelligence,

  • bringing in machine vision.

  • Wim Wouters: So in a digital twin for the port,

  • it's most important to have all the information

  • of the waterways available.

  • Then, of course, the companies that are using our port

  • and the ships that are transporting the cargo

  • across the port.

  • If we select the ship, we can see the last three hours

  • of where that ship has been.

  • This gives a really nice view of the depth situation

  • and it shows the ships in relation to the depth.

  • By combining all these different data sources in one view,

  • we have a super situational awareness of the whole port.

  • I think we're ahead of many ports

  • and I think we're ahead of many cities as well.

  • John Baekelmans: One of the main drivers of success

  • for the city of Antwerp is a collaboration

  • between working we're doing in the city and the port.

  • Because we know if we have a dumb city,

  • we're never gonna have a smart port.

  • Just like the port has a digital twin

  • for all their port operations

  • and logistical capabilities they are running in the port,

  • we've created a digital twin

  • for everything happening in the city.

  • And we're using between 1,000 and 5,000 sensors

  • and this type of digital twin

  • can actually help us make better decisions

  • within the confines of, for example,

  • mobility, air quality, noise pollution, and so on.

  • I think we are since about 10 years

  • in a period of exponential growth of new technologies.

  • By using drones, for instance, we can do fast interventions.

  • By using machine vision, we can automate the inspection

  • of our maritime infrastructure.

  • I think smart is, of course,

  • it doesn't mean that all the things

  • which were done in the past were kind of dumb,

  • but I think smart means that more technology is coming.

  • Shipping is a very old technology.

  • Shipping was, and I stress the word was,

  • certainly very conservative.

  • A new generation of people who come now,

  • people who have been raised with IT technologies

  • and they understand this is an opportunity for them.

  • I always say the port business

  • is kind of untapped potential.

  • I think we are just on the start of that,

  • of bringing new technology into the business

  • and there's a huge potential.

Piet Opstaele: So the Port of Antwerp, a lot of containers are coming in,

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/05
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