Smart Terminals (SMARTER)

Duration 02/2021 - 9/2022

SMART terminals is the second part of the Sea4Value program. The first part of the Sea4Value program, is called Sea4Value / Fairway (S4VF). S4VF’s mission is to provide blueprints towards digitalization, service innovation and information flows in maritime transport. Its longer-term mission is in preparing for advanced autonomous operations and navigation. A key step towards autonomous transport system is to ensure safe, sustainable and efficient channel for ships to enter and leave ports. S4VF program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future.

SMART terminals will continue the fairway digitalization process by digitalizing ports, terminals and port operations. Its mission is to create globally replicable models for green and customer centric Ro-Pax terminals by optimizing people and cargo flows. The project focuses on the whole logistics chain, all from truck, car and passenger traffic to, from and within the port area. The project will increase the level of digitalization throughout the transport chain.

The SMARTER’s first objective is to reduce emissions (notably CO2) by optimizing port logistics within the existing city structures. The project objective is to seek digital solutions to overcome and make notable difference in emissions by organizing the logistics smarter.
The second objective of the project is to create exceptional flow and experience for the passengers and cargo. The aim is to create replicable models for organizing the passenger and cargo logistics to combine efficiency with experience and thus create wider societal impact that can be replicated globally.

Smart ports will play a key role in the transport chains of the future. Port operations connect maritime transport with other modes of transport enabling efficient transport chains. About 90 percent of Finland's international trade travels by sea. The great distance between producers and consumers, makes is worth taking full advantage of digitization of transportation.

The SMARTER project is financed by Business Finland and industrial partners. The project is coordinated by DIMECC. Novia University of Applied Sciences role in the project is to find solutions to shorten ship turnarounds and to assist in ship and marine related issues. Other partners participating in research: Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä and Turku University of Applied Sciences. Industrial partners participating in the project: Attracs, ADE, Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Focusplan, Lingsoft, Nodeon, Teleste and Visy. Other participating partners: Finnlines, Fintraffic VTS, Tallink Silja, Viking Line, Port of Helsinki, Port of Turku and Traficom.


For further information, please contact:

Novia University of Applied Sciences

Mikael Sundholm
Project Manager
Maritime Simulations
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+358 50 354 8615                            

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