The global shipping industry has huge ecological and economical impacts. For example, Southampton port alone accommodates 52,000 ships a year. Such an operation generates £1.23 billion for the UK economy. Smarter more efficient ports could streamline the shipping industry, generating more profit whilst at the same time decrease negative environmental impact.

What it does

This project presents Port-o-matic, a proof of concept demonstrating how smart port technology could be implemented into Southampton port.

Port-o-matic is a platform that connects ship companies to ports, exposing services such as electricity, communications, potable water and waste water. Ships can order these services through one simple interface. Along with providing services, it also measures consumption and each ship's emissions. Consumption is measured through service use, while emissions is measured via dispatching a drone and measuring the air quality around each ship. An environmental impact calculation is then applied, used to charge each ship a tariff which is increased in proportion to their impact.

How we built it

Port-o-matic shows an implementation of an enterprise stack and industry standards that could lend itself to a large scale global use. The technologies used were:

  • Angular, for the front end
  • The Vodafone Drone API, to control the drone
  • Sales Force, to implement:

    • The TMForum catalog api, holding services
    • The TMForum inventory api, to control orders
  • A glass fish server, containing multiple referenced implementations of the address API, to calculate drone routes around the port

  • OpenNMS , used to store time series data from the drones in a Cassandra NoSql database. Furthermore, it's used to generate SLA events.

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