The French AI tech company Sinay has signed a €1.6m contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create the Digital Port Platform.
The project will deliver a cloud-based hub of modules - predicted time of ship arrival, water quality monitoring, port collaboration service, and port business intelligence - to improve port efficiency and sustainability.
"The Digital Port Platform will show how the integration of space assets is a key enabler for maritime sustainability and port system evolution, transforming space and maritime data into key indicators, and enabling data-driven management to solve major environmental and performance issues," ESA said in a press release.
"The Digital Port Platform will play a crucial role in helping to better understand, monitor and forecast the port ecosystem. The developments targeted in the project are ambitious but necessary given the scale of the issues to be addressed," Rita Rinaldo, Head of the Projects and Studies Implementation Division at ESA, stated.
Elodie Viau, ESA's Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, also underlined, "This is another exciting milestone achieved in the maritime vertical that will help advance port operations and sustainability. We're delighted to be able to scale-up Sinay to promote collaboration, multidisciplinary innovation and the creation of smart technology that's having important environmental and economic impacts."
"Gathering powerful information from ESA will allow Sinay to help maritime corporates to conciliate business efficiency with ocean sustainability," Alessio Maglio, Project & Business Manager at Sinay, summed up.