The initiative will bring together Marine South East, Connected Places Catapult and Portsmouth International Port, one the UK’s largest and most successful municipal port.

The project will develop advanced information services to streamline supply chain logistics from the port to the city and hinterland, offering increased customer value-add while minimizing congestion and air pollution.

In fact, the SpacePort project aims to explore the feasibility of a pilot system to achieve this integration.

At the same time, Marine South East will work with Connected Places Catapult to research and develop a solution to this challenge based around smart application of geospatial data resources.

Under their collaboration, Portsmouth International Port will further develop both passenger numbers and freight volumes during the decade, in a sustainable way.

In light of the situation, advanced information systems are expected to provide potential solutions to the challenges of congestion while reduce vehicle capacity utilization.

As explained, they can be used to allow freight (from full containers down to individual consignments) to be tracked and processed seamlessly which allows vehicles to be operated more efficiently.

Concluding, SpacePort is a three-month project funded by the Geospatial Commission in partnership with Innovate UK under SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative), as it managed to secure funding from a £2m transport location data competition.