Collaborative project – SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development)

Port stakeholders are in need of data science solutions. The SPEED project (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development) wants to improve port logistics in the 2 Seas area Belgium, France, the Netherlands and England by using new advances in technology and data science. SPEED is part of the European Interreg 2 Seas program and aims to empower a cross-border community of port authorities, port stakeholders, ambitious data science and IoT entrepreneurs and knowledge centers to become the world leading innovation hub for smart port application development.

Global competitiveness is putting pressure on Western European ports to be more efficient and innovative in the logistic chain. Already, major ports in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Calais are initiating custom-built shared data platforms to make improvements. SPEED strives for all 2 Seas ports to take full advantage of data science and IoT technologies and intends to boost the operational excellence and technological sophistication of their users.

On top of this, the SPEED-project aims to reap the full business potential of high-tech start-ups and SMEs, professionalize their business activities and increase their overall (international) performance. SPEED will therefore help the smart port app developers by creating a succes toolkit to become better entrepreneurs. The first users will also be assisted in the adoption and implementation process of the smart port solutions.

Project partners: Antwerp Management School (lead partner), Universiteit Antwerpen, Université de Lille, JADS/ Tilburg University, University of Bournemouth, Portsmouth City Council, CITC-EuraRFID, Port of Moerdijk, WSX Enterprise,, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Portland Port Limited, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Port+, PortXL