Last January 27th was published the final resolution proposal, by the Distribution Committee of the Interport Compensation Fund, for the granting of subsidies, in the modality of Commercial Projects of the second call of the Ports 4.0 Fund, created by the Public Body Ports of the State (OPPE).
Among the proposals that have been beneficiaries, there are 2 initiatives supported by the APBA, which are added to the 2proposals that had previously been selected in the modality of ideas.
Specifically, the projects in the commercial phase selected are:
- Smart Mobility Analytics: whose solution is a system based on cameras and artificial intelligence, capable of analyzing the flows of passengers and vehicles (means of transport) and extracting objective data such as waiting times of passengers and vehicles or the use made of the spaces within a Terminal, in order to make decisions, at both operational and strategic level, based on data.
- SirocoPORTS4.0: which proposes the development of a system based on the deployment of sensor and robotic agents (unmanned aerial and maritime vehicles) that will obtain information from the port and transmit it to a data management platform where it will be processed to respond to the different indicators defined by the Port Authorities in the field of maritime traffic and berth operations.
On the other hand, the two ideas that were previously subsidized, and which are already under development, are:
- Apolo Project: which proposes a modular system for supplying photovoltaic solar energy to container ships and port terminals. It is based on a container that is placed on top of the stored reefer containers and deploys robotized solar panels to power the rest of the containers through a connection to the switchboard that feeds them.
- N-Bunker: whose solution lies in the development of a system based on Blockchain technology that allows the planning of bunkering operations, providing the verification of documents/certificates and at the same time providing useful information for the planning of the rest of activities based on these supply operations.
On this occasion the APBA received and analyzed a total of 34 proposals. A total number lower than the 64 proposals received in the previous year, showing the rigorousness of this second call and the quality required by the proposals.
After an exhaustive analysis, the organization decided to support 25 initiatives (2 ideas and 23 projects), of which the APBA undertook to play an active role in 19 of them, participating as a facilitating agent in the event that the proposals were to receive aid. In particular, 2 ideas, 6 projects in the commercial category and 17 projects in the pre-commercial category were supported.
The innovative proposals develop ideas and projects with the use of emerging technologies, highlighting those based on Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (41%), Drones (20%), Blockchain (12%) and Sensorization, IoT and Next Generation Communications (12%). Finally, the origin of the proposals is mainly national (94%), with a small local scope in Algeciras (6%), compared to 6% coming from outside Spain.
It is worth highlighting the promising nature of the proposals supported by the APBA, given that the 2 Ideas supported have been subsidized and in the field of pre-commercial projects, 2 of the 6 projects supported have been beneficiaries. At this moment, the analysis and selection of pre-commercial projects continues, where APBA has a large package of proposals, almost all of them with a decisive role as a facilitating agent.