TTI & TST launch Sirocoports 4.0 port digitisation solution
TTI and its sister company TST have announced the launch of the Sirocoports 4.0 project developed with funding from the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, which will provide a complete port digitisation solution.
The project will result in a fully integrated solution being developed to digitise port operations in an efficient, scalable and commercially viable way thanks to the modular and open design of its robust hardware and software platforms.
The innovative system will combine the use of IoT sensors with robotic agents or unmanned vehicles to capture port information and transmit it to a software platform where the data is managed and analysed in line with the requirements of the relevant port authority. The system will focus on three specific applications, namely maritime traffic management, docking operations and labour and environmental safety.
Sirocoports 4.0 will improve maritime safety by monitoring and automatically controlling the port entrance and the movement of vessels using sensors and cameras connected to software platforms such as such as aerial drones, surface marine vehicles and fixed inland sensors.
It will increase safety in docking operations by supervising the movement and docking of vessels, tracking their movements and the use of docking assistance systems as well as vehicles and forklifts, among others. It will also enhance occupational and environmental safety by monitoring security systems, weather conditions and the presence of personnel in restricted areas, alongside the control of emissions and discharges.
TTI will develop a network of sensor nodes distributed around the port area. Each node will transmit data gathered by the sensors to a central node, which will share it with the Sirocoports platform, enabling the information to be managed and decisions made autonomously.
During the project, TTI will calculate the sensors needed to obtain the required information depending on the requirements and scenarios of each collaborating port. The end user, the relevant port authority, will define the level indicators for the different parameters under evaluation, for example fog, distance, weather conditions etc and, based on this, the appropriate number of sensors to be installed and integrated into the network will be determined.
The solution developed during the Sirocoports 4.0 project will be deployed for technology demonstration in the ports of Huelva and Seville in Spain.