Achieving a faster, cleaner and leaner port.
Read more about the project here.
Achieving a faster, cleaner and leaner port.
Read more about the project here.
Using sensors helps increasing the sustainability of the port area: “The port wants to be faster, cleaner and leaner and sensors contribute to this goal. The management and maintenance of these asses take less time. Mainly because we don’t have to visit the location to see if everything is going well. The data gives us the information we need. Moreover, this technique improves business, since ships make better use of the site so the chance of distortion decreases further”. --Joost Zuidema, project leader Sensors New Business at the Port of Amsterdam
Wireless sensors have been installed on top of industrial scale mooring posts (IJ-palen) in the Port of Amsterdam. 30MHz, an Amsterdam-based industrial IoT company, provides the technology to measure the impact of mooring bulk carriers and monitor the condition of the piles in real-time, 24/7. The Port of Amsterdam’s aim is to further improve the management of their assets. 30MHz foresees a strong increase in the use of wireless sensors in port areas.
In the Dutch port city of IJmuiden, on the North Sea, bulk carriers that lie too deep to get through the locks, transfer their load onto smaller vessels. During the unshipping process, the bulk carriers are attached to two very large mooring posts, known in Dutch as the IJ-palen. Recently mounted sensors record all movements, which are visualized real-time in a 3D graph. The department of management and maintenance of the Port of Amsterdam receives immediate notifications in the case of unusual movement.
In the preparatory phase of the project, 30MHz worked with the innovation experts at the Port of Amsterdam to overcome various challenges with. For example, the mooring posts are positioned in open and often raw water and aren’t equipped with any kind of AC or internet access. To resolve this, 30MHz applied a wireless form of communication in combination with a rechargeable power supply that lasts for a year.
It was also a challenge to ensure optimal availability of the information gathered by the sensors. 30MHz placed a gateway on top of the port’s control center in IJmuiden that communicates with the sensors across the sea canal. Next to that, special antennas were installed on two buoys close to the location and the IJ-palen themselves resulting in an optimal signal, even when a bulk carrier is moored in the line of sight. To deal with the harsh nautic conditions (wind, salt, gull droppings, dust and sun), reliable industrial materials were used for the casing of the sensors.
The sensors measure the extent to which a rubber bumper that is fixed to the posts is pressed in and to what extent the vessel is pushing the poles sideways or backward. These actionable insights are then personally translated into decisions whether to adjust, repair or replace parts of the IJ-palen. The latter is very important because of long delivery times.
Jurg van Vliet, CEO of 30MHz, foresees plenty of opportunities for the rapidly developing sensor technology, both inside and outside the maritime sector: “Sensors are also useful in the realization of so-called quay monitoring. Using this technology, barges know if a berth is available and are able to book it well before they reach the port. Sensor technology enables companies to interpret data from the physical world in an efficient and sustainable way. The information it gives you lets you improve business operations.”
Port of Amsterdam, 30MHz
The Port of Amsterdam and 30MHz are partners in innovation, continuously exploring new possibilities for industrial IoT.
Sensory data can serve as a tool to improve efficiency, enable predictive maintenance and drive sustainable productivity across sectors. Beyond maritime, 30MHz technology is used in industries including agriculture, smart city, commercial insurance and space utilization.
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The term 'self-driving car' is used for a wide variety of technical support systems for car drivers. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has distinguished six types, as mentioned in the tabel above. This classification is recognized worldwide.
At SAE level 0, a car has been equipped with various warning systems, such as unvoluntary deviation from lane, traffic in the blind spot, and emergency braking.
At SEA levels 1 and 2, cars can steer independently or/and adjust their speed in specific conditions on motorways. Whether drivers are allowed to take their hands from the steering wheel depends on national law. That is certainly not the case in Europe. As soon as environmental conditions make steering and acceleration more complex, for example after turning onto a busy street, the driver must immediately take over the steering.
A properly functioning SAE Level 3 system allows drivers to take their eyes off the road and focus on other activities. They must sit behind the wheel and be on standby and are always held responsible for driving the car. They must immediately take over control of the car as soon as 'the system' gives a ('disengagement') signal, which means that it can no longer handle the situation. There is currently no car worldwide that is accredited at SEA-3 level.
This level of control is not sufficient for driverless taxi services. Automotive and technology companies such as General Moters and Alphabet have been working hard to meet the requirements of the higher levels (SAE 4). Their expensive cars (up to $250,000) have automated backups, meaning they can handle any situation under specified conditions, such as well-designed roads, during the day and at a certain speed. Under these circumstances, no driver is required to be present.
SAE Level 5 automation can operate without a driver in all conditions. There is currently no vehicle that meets this requirement.
The variety of options in this classification explains why the term 'self-driving car' should not be used. Cars classified at SAE level 1 and 2 can best be called 'automated cars' and cars from SAE level 3 onwards can be called autonomous cars.
The state of California introduced new rules in 2019 that allow cars at SAE 4 level to participate in traffic. Very strict conditions apply to this. As a result, Alphabet (Waymo) and General Motors (Cruise) have been allowed to launch driverless taxi services. All rides are monitored with cameras to prevent reckless behavior or vandalism.
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