The Second Revolution Of Port Community Systems
Technological innovation plays a key role in developing solutions to boost productivity in the most cutting-edge ports in the world. Port Community System (PCS) are a good example. In recent years, they have optimised file management for goods transport and port logistics processes, cutting costs and reducing the number of errors. Now, technology like Blockchain, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) will take PCS a giant step further... but in what direction? We'll break down some of the possibilities below.
Blockchain technology for port managementBlockchain technology is, undoubtedly, one of the hottest topics right now and may have a huge impact on logistics and digitalisation at ports in the near future. This system was created for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to store information without having to ensure its veracity through a trustworthy third party. This technology allows for decentralised management, limiting or cutting out intermediaries completely and, above all, speeding up procedures and transactions. Ports find the optimisation power of this system hugely attractive. Blockchain technology applied to port management will make it possible to store and share information on ship loads, improve financial operations and contracts, among many other possibilities.
Blockchain technology applied to port management will make it possible to store and share information on ship loads, improve financial operations and contracts, among many other possibilities.
The Internet of Things: when objects talkWith the Internet of Things (IoT), even the most commonplace objects are connected via the Internet. Equipped with sensors, they send us information on their location, temperature, load or anything else that could be relevant. With IoT, each physical element would have a digital representation and/or connectivity with the PCS. "For example, when a lorry arrives to port, a camera would recognise it, connect to the PCS and the system would say whether or not the lorry can enter. This type of development is closely tied to current trends in big data and machine learning," Javier Gallardo illustrates. The PCS of the future will be able to provide information to make transport planning more efficient. Thanks to these innovations, the supply chain will be able to make decisions 'on its own' in real time to ensure the goods reach their destination on time. From the weather to the state of the roads, type of contract or the supplier's financial conditions... All of the data will be variables that affect how each move is managed.
The PCS of the future will be able to provide information to make transport planning more efficient. The supply chain will be able to make decisions 'on its own' in real time.