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Traxens IoT improves efficiency in port of Valencia

Steve Rogerson
January 8, 2019

Traxens, a French company providing data and services for the supply chain industry, is collaborating with MSC Mediterranean Shipping, a specialist in transportation and logistics, on a pilot IoT project in the port of Valencia, Spain, aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the port.
Specifically, Traxens is co-operating on this project with MSC Terminal Valencia, the port authority at Valencia, and Fundacion Valenciaport.
As part of the pilot project, MSC Spain lorries have been equipped with Traxens’ IoT devices, allowing for near real-time tracking of movement of vehicles. This can help port authorities predict and manage potential congestion, as well as anticipate lorry arrivals at the gates.
“Our pilot project at the port of Valencia is one of the first applications of an IoT system in a port environment and we are eagerly awaiting results,” said Jacques Delort, managing director of Traxens. “We believe that big data are the future of the shipping industry. We are delighted that we could co-operate on such an important project with the port of Valencia, which has Valenciaport PCS, one of the best-in-class port community systems.”
Overall operational efficiency is expected to improve significantly due to easy monitoring of on-site road activity and improved fleet management as well as pre- and post-carriage management. Traxens has installed a gateway in the MSC Terminal to allow enhanced and secured connectivity. It will also provide access to its big data analytics platform, TraxensHub, via APIs, bringing enhanced analytics and reporting capabilities for port authorities.
“We have already used IoT devices by Traxens for tracking our containers and we believe that the functionality can really help port authorities in improving operations,” said Jaime Lopez, intermodal project leader at MSC Spain. “This could bring benefits to all parties.”
Following a successful pilot trial, Traxens aims to extend this to other terminals within the port of Valencia, by deploying additional gateways. The existing gateway will then be used for testing and improving processes related to all smart containers passing through the area.
“The port of Valencia believes in the role of innovation and digitalisation in the future of shipping ports, for example by using the PCS port community systems integration platform,” said Miguel Llop, director of ICT at Fundacion Valenciaport. “We are delighted to provide a trial site for Traxens, which could eventually result in the improvement of operations for the whole of the shipping industry.”