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Port Of Huelva Advances Digital Transformation

Port of Huelva advances digital transformation

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva
The Port of Huelva continues to advance in a pioneering way in the Spanish port system in digital transformation with the implementation of different innovative initiatives such as the 5G virtual reality pilot project, which the Port of Huelva develops with Vodafone to improve the management of freight transport in the South Pier, as well as the innovation node of the fish market, where Telefónica
will launch the first global port Fiware node – November 30, 2021 This has been announced by the president of the Port of Huelva, Pilar Miranda, who has received a visit from the general director of Telecommunications and Organization of Audiovisual Communication Services of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures, dependent on the Ministry of Affairs Economics and Digital Transformation, Arturo Azcorra, who has visited the facilities of the Port of Huelva to learn first-hand about the digital transformation that the Huelva Port Authority is carrying out. The President of the Port of Huelva thanked the General Director of Telecommunications and Management of Audiovisual Communication Services for his visit, and highlighted that “the Port of Huelva is firmly and decisively committed to digital transformation, with the implementation of projects innovative such as Vodafone’s virtual reality to streamline the transport of goods in the South Pier and with the first Fiware node of a port nature, which will be installed in the market by Telefónica, since progress in these aspects will be key to improving our competitiveness and position ourselves as a reference port in the global logistics chain ”. Also present at the visit were the director of the Port of Huelva, Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio, and the head of the Technology Department of the Port of Huelva, Manuel Francisco Martínez, as well as representatives of the companies generating the projects, who have carried out a demonstration in the South Dock of the launch of Vodafone’s 5G virtual reality technology solution, to control and streamline truck traffic at this dock for general, containerized and rolled goods bound for the Canary Islands and northern Europe .  This system starts from a photogrammetry of the Port to create a Virtual Reality (VR) model that allows to have a twin immersive environment -also called Digital Twin or Digital Twin- and replicated the real one, which is updated in real time thanks to 5G with information from CCTV cameras deployed in strategic locations. These cameras are focused on container loading and unloading areas, RO-RO (Roll On-Roll Off) car parks and key areas of the port, allowing the virtual environment to be updated in real time with key information. The ecosystem projected by Vodafone Spain therefore contributes to the Huelva Port Authority to efficiently face the challenges posed by an infrastructure of the size and complexity of the Port of Huelva and reinforces its position as a node port of the European Atlantic Corridor.  This project is part of the “Andalusia 5G Pilot” initiative, one of the ten pilot projects promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation with the aim of exploring and identifying use cases and applications of 5G technology in various sectors. The project is being developed by Vodafone and Huawei, has a budget of more than € 25 million and € 6 million in aid with ERDF funds through Red.es. It includes 35 use cases that will apply the benefits of 5G technology in the sectors of energy, industry, smart cities, tourism, agriculture, health and dependency, security, emergencies and defense, society and digital economy. Likewise, the director of Telecommunications and Organization of Audiovisual Communication Services has visited the works of the Technological Innovation Node of the Port of Huelva, located on the first floor of the fish market building, where the first Fiware innovation node is being created in port environment of the world. This node, promoted by Telefónica, has the objective of promoting the intelligent management and digitization of the port logistics sector with the latest technologies. In this project, the operator has the support of the Fiware Foundation, the body in charge of managing this Smart platform promoted by the European Union, for the development and global deployment of Internet applications of the Future. Telefónica will also provide the necessary services at the auction’s technological innovation node to promote the port technological innovation ecosystem, tutoring and advising companies in the development of their products. In addition, it will be responsible for invigorating the node and attracting knowledge to it. Information from Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva (APH – Port Authority of Huelva)

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