Valenciaport uses AI technology to control truck flow

Valenciaport is advancing its digitization goal by making its ports pioneers in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in land transport management.

With the construction communication platform Nextport, the port authority has developed software that estimates how many trucks are driving through their docks, which terminal they are using and whether they are loading or unloading the vehicle.

The new artificial intelligence (AI) system combines Valenciaport’s data – both on land and at sea – with key information to understand the ship’s behavior upon arrival in port. “The size of ships, the type of services and routes, terminal timetables, weather, calendars of celebrations in third countries (Chinese New Year or the Lamb Festival have a strong impact on port traffic) or a history of global GDP have under among other things, helped customize this predictive machine learning model, supported and monitored by professionals who train the system,” Valenciaport said in a statement.

With this tool, Valenciaport can predict days in advance what will happen in the region’s ports in terms of ship loading and unloading, as well as movements at the terminal gates and the number of truck entrances.

So if Valenciaport enters into this system that a ship will arrive in the Spanish port on a certain day, it can predict from that moment what the amount of work will be for both import and export. In this sense, the addition of the forecast of all ships gives you a forecast of everything that will move in each terminal, important information for both the management of the terminals and the carriers.

This AI-powered forecasting model aims to assist terminals and shippers operating at Valenciaport docks as they can improve their planning and manage their loads, needs and working hours more efficiently.

The terminals receive traffic flow data days in advance and can predict how many machines they will need per day and time slot, allowing them to hire more or fewer staff as needed.

Shippers, on the other hand, benefit from this system because they know the ships’ schedules and cargo quantities more precisely and can efficiently manage their entry and exit plans as well as waiting times in the port.

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