Data digitalisation project leads to sustainable results

The Portopia project has been called a milestone in the data digitalisation agenda of the European port sector The Portopia project has been called a milestone in the data digitalisation agenda of the European port sector

Project partners in a European data digitalisation project say that EU research and innovation projects can lead to sustainable results.

The Portopia project, which has been called a milestone in the data digitalisation agenda of the European port sector, sought to support improved strategic decision-making at all levels regarding the management of port infrastructure and services.

“Beyond the statistics and the indicators, this project has foremost dealt with creating a culture of transparency and trust, as well as value-creating technologies to deal with performance and analysis,” said Michaël Dooms, Portopia project coordinator.

“It therefore creates a solid basis for further developments highlighting the performance of the European seaport industry to their stakeholders, supporting better relations and improved strategic decision-making on the individual, regional and international level when it comes to the management of port infrastructure and services.”

Data tools

During the project’s final reporting session, the project partners presented the four main tools that resulted from the PORTOPIA project, including a Rapid Exchange System+, environmental dashboards, port governance trends and a user perception measurement tool.

At its General Assembly, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) gave the green light to invest in the continuation of the data digitalisation process and further develop the PORTOPIA platform.

The PORTOPIA project, which started in 2013, is aimed at the development of key performance data for European ports and the accompanying ICT tools facilitating data collection and analysis.

Part of the output of the project in terms of indicators and insights in several perspectives, is presented in the new 2017 EU Port Industry Performance Report.

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