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Port Of Barcelona Backs Three Of The Nine Commercial Projects To Receive Ports 4.0 Grants

Port of Barcelona backs three of the nine commercial projects to receive Ports 4.0 grants

Source: Barcelona Port
The Port of Barcelona has given its backing to three of the nine commercial projects chosen to receive funding from the Ports 4.0 programme – June 11, 2021 These are the Smart ecoReefer, Clever-Volume and GuideMe projects, which will receive funding of 955,120, 424,167 and 113,280 euros, respectively, as part of the plan to promote entrepreneurship to innovate in the port sector of Puertos del
Estado. The Smart ecoReefer project, of the company Industrial Processes Outsourcing Services, is based on the development of an integral technological solution that guarantees the client adequate services for temperature-controlled logistics. The idea is to achieve a product that makes it possible to offer a containerised service for the intermodal transport of agri-food products, with highly demanding temperature conservation conditions, to new markets which, due to the distance involved, have not had an optimal solution to date in terms of ecology, logistics and quality. Clever-Volume is a technological solution developed by Geomodel-3D Modelling Studio that automatically measures the volume of solid waste delivered by ships to port by means of a sensor system that calculates its volume with high precision remotely and in real time, without the need for supervisors to be present, allowing the management of this waste to be optimised. The solution also makes it possible to integrate the information between the real data and the maritime databases usually used. In a pilot test carried out at the Port of Barcelona, the results were highly satisfactory, with an estimated annual reduction in the economic costs derived from solid waste management of some 136,000 euros. GuideMe, on the other hand, aims to optimise the flow of cruise passengers in a sustainable way in ports and cities. It is a tool, developed by a startup created in 2019, which uses GPS technology, artificial intelligence and data analytics, proposing hyper-personalised itineraries to users in a fully automatic way. These itineraries are adjusted in real time according to the preferences of each user or group, the stopover time, the cruise category and the traffic and city characteristics. In this first call for projects in the commercial phase of the Ports 4.0 fund, 65 projects have been evaluated, of which 21 have been approved and 9 subsidised. The Distribution Committee of the Compensation Fund, in charge of choosing the subsidised projects, has evaluated the projects taking into consideration aspects such as their alignment with the improvement areas established by Ports 4.0 (logistics efficiency, safety and security, environmental sustainability and energy and digitisation of processes); the innovative component of the project; the level of maturity of the project at the time of applying for the subsidy; the business plan and the impact of the project on the port sector, both economically and environmentally, among others. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona)

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