Port of Antwerp invested in digitalisation of radar infrastructure, as it believes that such an infrastructure plays an important role in the guidance of shipping traffic.
For this reason, a framework contract was awarded to Securitas to fully digitalise and further expand this infrastructure.
In recent years, Port of Antwerp began rolling out vessel traffic management in 2021, with the aim of upgrading the guidance of shipping traffic behind the locks.
Now, the 12 analogue radars will be gradually replaced and, in addition, seven radar set-up points will be added.
An IALA-compliant (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities) Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is the final objective to be rolled out by the first quarter of 2022 and will have three sectors.
The digitalisation of this radar infrastructure will further support and accelerate efforts on other innovation projects
said the Port of Antwerp.
This digital twin enables various real-time data to be brought together and, via data science, translated into information for a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. This allows for evolving from situational awareness about the port to predictive and steering behaviour.
This new radar infrastructure will help us manage our port more efficiently and is an important step towards even safer and smoother traffic
said Port alderman Annick De Ridder.
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