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ACTION Seaport

Smart-port technologies for improved safety and operations

With 74% of goods coming to Europe by sea, ports are vital elements of the economic machine. Increased traffic and ship size add pressure on their productivity and can cause congestion and delays, burdening shippers, transport operators, and ultimately consumers with extra costs. As a consequence, a seaport’s efficiency, competitiveness, and reputation can decline.

Luckily, new digital solutions taking advantage of the Internet of Things, big data analytics and numerical models might not only ease their daily operational activities, but also boost seaport performance in the long-term.

Business Pilot achievements

In this context, Bentley Systems designed and implemented ACTION Seaport, an advanced cloud-based and mobile-friendly platform to support decision-making for port authorities.

  • ACTION Seaport helps port authorities and operators to improve maritime situational awareness, provides early-warning notifications for adverse conditions, and delivers piloting and navigation support.
  • ACTION Seaport can also be used by other parties, such as coastguards, search and rescue forces, or maritime offices.

How they used EOSC-hub services

The ACTION Seaport pilot used Cloud Computing provided by PSNC for implementation of different tiers (presentation, business and data) with redundancy, using Windows environment. The pilot deployed two Virtual Machines with 20 VCPU and 40 GBytes of memory to perform scalability tests and get perspective for the increasing number of potential customers.

Thanks to the EOSC-hub business pilot, ACTION Seaport assessed the pros and cons of hosting its system on a cloud service.

How does ACTION Seaport stand out

Using an innovative, holistic, accurate, and cost-effective approach, ACTION Seaport improves port efficiency, competitiveness, and safety, particularly their environmental, navigational, and operational/logistical aspects. ACTION Seaport makes it possible to minimize port congestion and optimize berth planning by using continuous and dynamic AIS-based operational port performance indicators (geospatial data analytics) computed in real-time or for user-specified periods.

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