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Puerto De Sevilla, University And GoHub Track Innovative Solutions For The Smart And Sustainable Ports Of The Future

Puerto de Sevilla, University and GoHub track innovative solutions for the smart and sustainable ports of the future

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla
The three entities join forces to launch the first challenges of their new Technological Entrepreneurship Program in terms of sustainability and predictive maintenance of port facilities, aimed at startups and technology-based companies – December 6, 2021 Seville Port Authority (APS), University of Seville (US) and GoHub, the innovation hub of the Global Omnium group, have set out to find the most innovative solutions to make
the ports of the future a reality with today’s technologies. With the aim of promoting the digital transformation of the sector and positioning the Port of Seville as a benchmark hub, the three entities have joined forces and launched the first challenges of the new GoHub-Port of Seville Technological Entrepreneurship Program, aimed at startups and technology-based companies. The first challenge, promoted by the APS, aims to provide the Port of Seville with a system that allows efficient, intelligent and predictive management of all maintenance tasks related to basic supply services: the water network made up of more than 55,000 linear meters of pipe, electrical or gas network. To do this, it seeks solutions that allow continuous monitoring of infrastructures, management of water flow and quality, energy efficiency and planning of preventive and predictive maintenance of the different networks. The second challenge, driven by the operator Sevitrade, focuses on the intelligent management of the assets involved in maintenance tasks, such as infrastructures, machines, personnel or supplies. The solutions that can be implemented as Software as a Service (SaaS) with a low cost will be better valued. In this case, we are looking for technologies capable of digitizing the management and analyzing the situation of the assets with predictive models of artificial intelligence, which allow the planning of work shifts and maintenance operations, the identification of critical variables in the processes that optimize costs and efficiency of assets and are connected to PLC, SCADA or IoT devices. The selected startups will have the opportunity to develop pilot projects at the GoHub-Puerto de Sevilla Technological Entrepreneurship Center to validate their technology, which must innovate, automate and optimize processes. In this way, joint collaboration will allow startups to work and test a real use case. Technology for the ports of the 21st century More than a hundred attendees have gathered today at the Global Omnium Auditorium in order to meet the needs of the main agents and companies in the port sector. Under the title of ‘Disruptive solutions for the ports of the future’, the conference was opened by the president of the Seville Port Authority, Rafael Carmona; the rector of the University of Seville, Miguel Ángel Castro; and the director of GoHub Andalucía, María Gil. During his speech, Rafael Carmona highlighted the effort of the port institution to build an innovative ecosystem in the Port of Seville through initiatives such as the University Center for Innovation and the Technological Entrepreneurship Program. In addition, it has underlined the need to favor the transfer of knowledge between the university and the company; even more so in the port sector, which has a broad horizon of improvement, in order to implement technological solutions that meet the future needs of all actors in the logistics chain. For her part, the director of GoHub Andalucía has highlighted GoHub’s role as an investor in deeptech startups and its commitment to strengthening ties with organizations that strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem both in Andalusia and internationally. During the day, success stories of open innovation and a presentation on the Ports 4.0 fund were also shared. by José Llorca, responsible for Innovation of State Ports. In the current post-pandemic scenario, the support of technology to improve the performance of port infrastructures and operational efficiency, promote resilience and adaptation to the main transformations of supply chains, and promote sustainability and digitization cannot be postponed. .  In this sense, the Entrepreneurship Program aims to materialize real disruptive solutions to the port challenges of the 21st century in terms of logistics, intermodality, energy efficiency or monitoring of the supply network, among others. The Program is aligned with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, SDG 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The GoHub-Puerto de Sevilla Technological Entrepreneurship Program has the long-term objective of generating a culture of collaboration between public and private companies, entrepreneurs and startups. With the different challenges and initiatives that will be launched, it will be promoted that the companies of the port community exchange needs, concerns and experiences with other companies and entrepreneurs at an international level. This initiative is developed within the framework of the agreement signed between the Port, the University and Global Omnium on September 21 for the development and promotion of programs to support technological entrepreneurship in the Port of Seville. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla (APS – Port Authority of Seville)

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