Monday, October 28, 2019

Vastly Extended Information Source Will Benefit Freight Haulage Drivers and Port Managers Alike

Interactive Map Aimed at the Logistics Sector Shows Far More Than Geographical Details
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US – FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – Nowhere in the fields of technology in relation to day to day logistics has there been such an advance in the past decade or so as in the way those responsible for delivering and collecting consignments find their way around.

Anyone over that time in the road haulage business will remember filing drawers stuffed with dozens of local maps to enable drivers to plans their routes and find their destinations. Memory however is short, and the ubiquitous satellite navigation screens now glow in every cab.

The changes however revolutionary, only scratch the surface of what is possible however, on line maps warn of delays and offer alternative routes, and it is not just on the highway that such changes are occurring as the latest developments show.

Last month the Earth Observing System, California based EOS, rebranded EOS Vision as Aspectum, offering cloud based solutions for location data visualisation and analysis, and has now released a new interactive map for marine harbour management, initially based on the digital map of Marseille Fos Port in France. The team has shifted its focus from the usual scenarios aimed at the real estate and retail markets to a maritime objective.

The new map shows all major cargo terminals as well as the constituent points of infrastructure in detail. The detailed visualisation is designed to allow opportunities to analyse port infrastructure development, as well as to track terminal capacity and even loaded volume of the vessels in the port, plus monitor the virtual gates for inland transportation to avoid delivery delays.

Port Marseille Fos is one of the central hubs of the Mediterranean, consisting of terminals for Oil/Gas and Solid Bulk as well as individual Container, RoRo and Break Bulk terminals. Aspectum recreates all of them in addition to three Logistics and Distribution Areas, plus restricted areas for cargo vessels. The sample map shows how this particular template can be used to achieve a new level of control of all port activities.

In each sector, one may view the number of containers already in place, total terminal capacity and empty spots that can be used to place the new ones. When clicking each specific container, one may view how many levels it has as well as its height. Via Structured Query Language (SQL) queries it is possible to analyse the container quantity of a certain owner in a designated sector. Container cranes are also marked with size details, allowing them to visualise and plan ship embarkation.

Last but not least, in this particular case, Aspectum can stream security and web cameras, through the respective layer in the list. Additionally, one may use the satellite footage of the region as a base map layer instead of the map.

It is easy to see how developments such as this could impact the throughput of ports all over the world in the future. Certainly the real time information is likely to prove useful to a range of users, from port managers to individual delivery drivers.