For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at their dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibit
The "Smart Ports. Piers of the Future" event brought together six of the world's largest ports and has turned Barcelona into the world capital of port innovation. At the Smart City Expo World Congress, held from 19 to 21 November at the Fira de Barcelona events center on Gran Via, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam joined forces for the first time to set up their dedicated smart ports exhibit booth in which each port showcased the most advanced projects they are currently working on.
This first ever "Smart Ports" event, which was well attended, was an opportunity for participating ports to share their strategic plans to address present and future sustainable development and digital transformation challenges. This is what the representatives of each port had to say about the success of the event:
Representatives of companies related to port activities presented their most innovative ideas that could compliment the ports digital and sustainable transformation strategy. A total of 40 presentations were made at the 'Smart Ports' exhibit booth, and nearby North District Agora where the key projects of each port were showcased.
Two side events also took place within the 'Smart Ports' framework: ‘Policy & Sustainability ahead: IMO 2020, Transparency, Digitization', a conference addressing the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation, which will force ships to reduce the sulphur content of their fuels, and the 'Smart Ports Barcelona Summit', a congress during which representatives from various ports took part in debates around innovation.
Smart City Expo World Congress is the world's first smart cities expo and received 25,000 visitors and over 1,000 exhibitors from 150 countries. The congress involved more than 60 parallel events and over 400 presentations.