Smart Terminals – SMARTER

June 20, 2021

Smart Terminals – SMARTER is part of the Sea4Value program, which focuses on the digitalization of port-to-port logistics chain

Read the final report of SMARTER here. 

Smart Terminals (SMARTER) project enlarges the scope of DIMECC Sea4Value program to harbours and ports by develop solutions that benefit ROPAX and RORO harbours in reducing emissions by optimising harbour operations and improving cargo and people flow while improving the experience for all stakeholders.

The mission of SMARTER is to create replicable models for digitalisation, service innovation and data usage & sharing in harbour environment and prepare for the future by taking steps towards smart and autonomous maritime transportation.

SMARTER is a transformative project that aims for wide societal influence by providing concrete research-

based recommendations on business, data usage & sharing. Project focuses on experiments that speedup ship turnaround time, optimise the truck traffic and improve people flow.

SMARTER has two main objectives that are closely linked to United Nations sustainable development goal.

The first objective is reduction of emissions by optimizing port logistics. Ports are often located in existing city infrastructure with restricted possibilities of re-design without major investment. The port areas are typically also condensed with limited capacity. The project objective is to seek digital solutions to overcome and make notable difference in emissions by smarter logistics.

The second objective is 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.

These objectives support the realization of One Sea vision, bring value to participating companies, develop innovation and strengthen the maritime ecosystem. These goals form the underlying mission for the project.


Smart Terminals, SMARTER facts:

Duration: March 2021 – February 2023

Budget: 9 M€, Funding: Business Finland, companies and research organisations

Project type:  Business Finland funded Co-Innovation project

Industrial partners: ADE, Attracs, Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Focusplan, Lingsoft, Nodeon Finland, Teleste and Visy

Supporting industrial partners: Port of Turku, Finnlines and Tallink Silja

Research organisations: Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku university of Applied Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi.

Governmental authorities and associations: The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Transport and Communications Agency Traficom and Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

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Press and publications

The ports of Turku and Helsinki get Faster, Safer and Greener

Prologistiikka /1/2021): SMARTER tekee tulevaisuuden digisatamaa vahvalla tiede- ja bisnesotteella (s. 22-25)

Turun Sanomat (16.4.2021):  Ensimmäinen etäluotsattava laiva satamaan ensi vuonna – ”Turvallisuus korostuu kaikessa”

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