With ports and supply chains facing significant challenges in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, the digitalization of ports will be a key element in improving efficiency and reducing emissions throughout the transport chain. As an urban maritime laboratory and innovation hub, homePORT will serve as a campus for port stakeholders, academia, tech companies and start-ups with a free space to experiment and collaborate with one another to develop sustainable solutions for the maritime transport chain.
Port Process Solution Head Phantian Zuesongdham, who is Lead Coordinator for smartPORT, Digital Maritime and Intelligent Transport Systems at Hamburg Port Authority commented : “The central point for collaboration will be our container campus, which will be a fully-equipped maker space located in the heart of Hamburg. Thanks to partnerships with Artificial Intelligence Center (ARIC), Digital Hub Logistics, Plug and Play as well as internationally with EIT Urban Mobility, new solutions will be supported beyond the testing and pilot stages.”
Examples of innovative solutions currently being explored which will be highlighted at the launch include cabs offering parcel deliveries from the air, intelligent use of automation and robotics such as airborne, seaborne and underwater drones, sensors to monitor infrastructure such as bridges, intelligent traffic management and flexible mobile 3D printing solutions.
IAPH members as well as maritime professionals and the general public are welcome to visit homePORT during the ITS Congress and exhibition which will take place between 11 and 15 October. They can gain paid or free access by registering their interest here.