How can Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision be used by ports?

The key questions facing ports, harbors and the broader maritime industry are the challenge of handling an ever growing quantity of cargo in a healthy, effective and environmentally friendly way.

Not only are more ships and vessels calling in at ports, but these ships are also ramping up in size and capacity, along with the amount of data, image and video information being produced and processed. Internet of things , automation and artificial intelligence are key to the digital transformation of intelligent and smart ports and harbors.

The knowledge from big data images and videos are itself a challenge, as is finding the best ways to use them for actionable insights, alerts and predictions.

Ports look to artificial intelligence (AI) and video analytics as a way forward more often than not, but what is AI and how can AI video analytics help ports profit from it?

For ports, what are the main benefits of AI ?

At shore, in the harbors, on land and in the air, Artificial intelligence and computer vision are changing transportation. It has the ability to minimize human error, make tasks more efficient and quicker as well as reduce pollution and carbon footprints.

AI for a more sustainable maritime industry and humanity is not just story. Artificial intelligence itself, however is one aspect of a wider framework for digitizing, improving and optimizing port and harbor operations. Smart intelligent ports and harbors are changing the maritime industry.

The same AI solutions used by some of the world’s largest ports, especially Hamburg, Rotterdamn, Singapore, and Los Angeles, are improving business operations, security and safety challenges now.

One way this enhances activities is to develop a framework of support for proactive decision-making based on a predictive behavioral model. It uses methods of machine learning, data science and deep learning to process data and image recognition while video knowledge analytics is processes in a much more efficient manner.

Computers and AI are helping seafarers and harbor masters and security guards and many others with their jobs and challenges. Computer vision video analytics solutions train and test models based on the massive amount of image, video, facial and audio recognition techniques , and much more, as well as historical details for data science and advanced analytics.

Predicting and forecasting the future

Data, images, and videos are collected, organized, transformed and processed; AI is then used to define trends in the logistics supply chain and provide detailed forecast times for the arrival of boats, lorries and containers at terminals, thereby facilitating greater preparation and a more efficient safer process flow.

An AI platform can predict that a container leaving a port six weeks from now is 67.5 percent more likely than average to go missing. It is possible to find an alternate route and suggest it within minutes.

Computer Vision solutions for image and object recognition can be used to forecast potential equipment requirements, safety violations, threat detections , heavy equipment safety issues and risks , even Covid-19 close proximity alerts. AI also can predict and alert based on long-term and short term yard use, identify containers and other assets , identify rust and other under water ship and dock issues with drones, monitor employees, alert proper channels on damage to containers, number of visits to gates, and much more.

Efficiency and stability in ports and terminals are only two major advantages of AI; the other, perhaps greater, is that it can connect various stakeholders in the maritime and supply chain channels.

By aligning their individual digital transformation roadmaps, an AI-enabled smart port and harbor ecosystem driven by Port Community Systems and Port authorities may improve cooperation between various parties, such as the port authorities, cargo owners, third-party logistics providers, container ship companies, and more.

This in turn, might provide mutually beneficial opportunities for efficiency improvement and waste reduction because integrated AI and Video analytics solutions allows data to be exchanged by parties and provides a common interface for observations, forecasts and constraints allowed by AI.

It is evident that AI has great potential for use in ports and terminals, but there are concerns about how to use it. What data elements, such as image recognition or robotics, would be most important to terminals in the future is key to this. As the industry has seen with automation, there is no process or technique that fits the needs of every port or terminal. Therefore, ports and terminals should be hyper-aware of just what they need and where the technology can best be used when applying AI tools to operations.

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