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IBM in partnership deal with Port of Singapore

Tim Greisinger, IBM Singapore (left) and Andrew Tan, chief executive of the MPA, sign the MOU Tim Greisinger, IBM Singapore (left) and Andrew Tan, chief executive of the MPA, sign the MOU

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced a partnership with technology company IBM to develop and test-bed new analytics-based technologies, aimed at improving maritime and port operations in line with growth in vessel traffic in Singapore.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Singapore remains one of the busiest ports in the world, with an estimated 1,000 vessels calling at any one time, according to the MPA. Every year there are approximately 130,000 vessel calls at the Port of Singapore, which means a vessel arriving or leaving every two to three minutes.

As part of the two-year agreement, IBM will create a unified platform to integrate real time data and provide a view of data points across port operations, in areas like vessel positional and weather data, for example.

Using IBM’s Traffic Prediction Tool, predictive analytics will also be applied to forecast vessel arrival timings and potential traffic congestion.

The partnership will additionally aim to uncover new methods for sense-making and event monitoring to detect unusual behaviour from vessels and prevent illegal bunkering, using technologies including fusion analytics, anomaly detection and data mining, while also leveraging existing IBM systems.

“IBM has worked with over 800 cities around the world to address some of their most critical challenges and help them become smarter and more effective," said Tim Greisinger, managing director, IBM Singapore.

“Our history of smarter cities engagements have demonstrated how the right investments in infrastructure and adoption of analytics-based technologies can be effectively used to create synergy and provide seamlessness across an organisation.”

“The capabilities that will be created in this initiative are aligned to Singapore's aspirations to be a smart nation, and we are honoured to be partnering MPA in our joint commitment to improve the long-term efficiencies of the maritime industry and enhance Singapore's position as a world-class international maritime centre.”{/mprestriction}

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