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11 May 2020

SPEED project moves up a gear with new app challenges

Global competitiveness is encouraging Western European ports to be more efficient and innovative. In large and complex port environments like Portsmouth International Port, there are numerous opportunities for efficiency gains.

So, how do ports take advantage of advances in data science and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help them digitise their operations and prepare for the future?

The answer lies in cross-sector co-operation. The port is a partner in the SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development) Interreg 2 Seas project, which is encouraging innovation by forming collaborations between businesses, start-ups, universities and ports across four countries.

As part of the project, the port is proposing 3 challenges for software entrepreneurs to develop mobile apps that will help improve port productivity.

These challenges are:

  • An air quality app: Measure the air quality in ports and optimise potential impact. Predicting poor air quality may help to plan port logistics earlier and optimise the impact on air quality.
  • A pilot boarding app: Facilitating improvement of the 3-way information split between pilotage provider, ship and ship agents.
  • A berth auction app: Enable shipowners or charterers to check the number of vacant ‘slots’ alongside their ships with showing the suggested price.

Bournemouth University, who are one of the project’s partners, is using a portal to enable the stakeholders to contribute to the SPEED project and to also add their innovative ideas (referred to as challenges on the portal). If you are interested collaborating with us on the development of these apps, please visit https://speed.wazoku.com/ccc/speedportal to find out more.