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Port operations improved by sat-tech

Publication date: 2017-03-14

Tags: maritime, overland, logistics, poland

Port operations improved by sat-tech

The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone (PSEZ) and the Port of Gdańsk have signed an agreement, joining forces in rolling out the Space3ac Intermodal Transportation project.

This initiative will target combining the works of start-ups dealing with satellite technologies together with the infrastructure and resources of established companies in order to boost the latter's operations with the use of IT systems.

As such, the Port of Gdańsk has submitted implementation tasks to be executed by start-up companies, namely developing IT solutions supporting port infrastructure and environmental monitoring, as well as a smart port traffic management system.

The Space3ac Intermodal Transportation project will provide consultancy and expertise, along with financial support to companies, amounting to PLN 200 thou. per project (approx. EUR 46 thou.). Recruitment for the programme is ongoing, and companies and teams may apply through the project's website. Apart from Gdańsk, start-ups will also develop satellite-based solutions for the Port of Gdynia, C.Hartwig Gdynia, the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, and for the Polish Space Agency.

The Space3ac is one of the 10 projects selected out of a total of 61 participants within the ScaleUp competition organised by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development in mid-2016, being in turn the first competition from the Start In Poland governmental programme. These 10 projects will receive PLN 60 mln (ca. EUR 13.9 mln) in funding for start-up acceleration projects.

"We give the green light to innovative and development projects that will harness the potential of start-ups and mobilise them for practical implementation of new techniques and technologies serving the development of maritime economy," Łukasz Greinke, President of the Port of Gdańsk Authority, said.

He further added, "We want the port and its operations to be innovative and forward-looking. We aim to use technical innovations that will help us effectively improve our port's competitiveness. This project, implemented together with the PSEZ, gives us exactly that opportunity. We believe that today we're launching a cooperation that will contribute to the development of a smart road traffic management system for the port, but not only. We also hope it will help us find a company to develop a smart noise, dust, and odour emissions measurement system for key locations at the port, including the data transmission system. The next task for the start-ups will be to develop a professional 3D map for the port area with Geographic Information System features."

Signing of the Space3ac Intermodal Transportation project agreement between the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and the Port of Gdańsk (photo: Pomeranian Special Economic Zone)

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