The Port of the Bay of Cadiz bets on digitalization

The Port Authority tenders for 4.2 million euros the Technology Master Plan to be developed between 2019 and 2022

The Port Authority of the Bay of Cadiz (APBC) will invest between 2019 and 2022 a total of 4.2 million euros (excluding VAT) in the development and implementation of the Technology Master Plan, within the framework of digitalization of processes and services of the organization launched to promote its competitiveness and efficiency, very important to improve the competitiveness of port activity in the coming years.

The president of the APBC, Teófila Martínez, understands that “it is a bet for the future, already initiated by some ports, for the use of the processes of digitalization and robotization, which will allow to increase the quality and efficiency of its services and infrastructures”, assuming, in addition, that “the technology can and has to become a differentiating element of the offer of the port of Cádiz”.

This bet is framed within the strategy that from the direction of the Port Authority is being developed to face the future with the maximum guarantees, since at the same time important infrastructure works are being executed, such as the new container terminal, so that from the technological point of view the best services are also offered.

In this sense, the challenge of digitalisation is shared between the port organisation and the operators and terminals, who have to use and apply the new technologies to digitalise their business processes, not only with their own character to achieve the objective of Intelligent Port (Port 4.0), but also to integrate themselves into a more general concept of Logistics 4.0.

To this end, the Port of the Bay of Cadiz has recently developed its own initiatives in this regard, such as the preparation of the aforementioned Technology Master Plan, carried out with the participation and collaboration of all the organisation’s units, and the commissioning of a SMART platform within its technological infrastructure, in which all the projects of this plan can be integrated with the aim of bringing together all the organisation’s processes and services under a holistic vision that allows knowledge and business intelligence to be generated from the information through the consolidation of the data of all of them.

The technological development is especially aimed at improving all the processes and services of the Port Authority, with evident repercussion on the Port Community, focused from two points of view. For the administrative aspects, strengthening the development and application of the concepts and services of Electronic Administration, which in many cases must be complied with. And for operational aspects, highlighting the need for simplification and optimization of projects, processes and services, as well as integration between them, to improve logistics by promoting a collaborative economy in the transport chain.

However, the application of this technology, in addition to improving the processes and services of the Port Authority itself, contemplates the impact and influence on people and companies, counting on the awareness and involvement of all stakeholders, internal and external, is essential to achieve the expected results.