Digital Information Technology Trends in Ports

Digital information technology continues to be developed to optimize the distribution of goods at ports. The latest digital information technology is the main key for effectiveness and efficiency in the midst of high trade between countries. The pandemic has changed the way things work, including in ports. The following are some of the digital information technology trends in ports

5G Network

The 5G ecosystem will continue to grow and expand, so it will increase the level of application of automation and artificial intelligence which is very much needed on the operational side. Ports and terminals will desperately need to benefit from technological breakthroughs. 5G technology will optimize port development plans going forward. Then also improve performance in the field to monitor daily operational activities to make terminal ports more effective in operational performance. Then the increased connectivity and speed offered by 5G makes it able to transfer data securely in a matter of milliseconds! So it has the potential to disrupt in the form of technological transformation in the container shipping industry, inter-port network, and logistics service companies to become the foundation of a smarter supply chain network.

Sensor Technology

This technology will further develop on the basis of the 5G network. This flexible and large network technology will be developed in tandem with IoT with cellular networks. Mobile IoT means the connectivity between physical devices. At ports and terminals, it can be implemented so that equipment at ports is able to transmit data through sensors more independently, automated, and operated efficiently. This innovation is in the form of a container tracking management system that uses optical sensors to detect changes in conditions, including detecting when a container is opened by an unauthorized party. In the final stage, ports and terminals will focus on increasing the data capacity that can be processed by smart sensors. Mainly to develop new services and platforms to make the most of the information.

Internet of Vehicles

While smart solutions rely on IoT and are already widely deployed in ports and terminals around the world, the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is still in its early stages of development. Even so, the concept will take off and become important in supporting more effective traffic management at ports, thereby increasing safety and reducing the risk of collisions.

Port Centered Logistics

Although technology is considered capable of being the key to increasing efficiency and reliability, in the port and terminal sector, there is always an interest in becoming a trading center in order to simplify the logistics network infrastructure. The ‘revival’ of the concept of port centered logistics is proof that the importance of modern end-to-end (from upstream to downstream) supply chain business processes is to apply this concept. Global giant Amazon has succeeded in changing its customers’ expectations that when it comes to speed of delivery, ports play an important role in investing more broadly in the supply chain and providing conducive conditions for the supervision of goods. Before these goods enter the wider supply chain network. This method is believed to open the gate of a bigger business.