Abu Dhabi Terminals boost automation with AI-based container tracking

Abu Dhabi Terminals has already invested heavily in automation, and is now further automating its port management capabilities by deploying AI for smart container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities.

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Abu Dhabi Terminals

Abu Dhabi Terminals, which manages and operates the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, is bolstering its automation capabilities with AI capabilities designed to optimise costs via smart container tracking and, eventually, autonomous shuttle capabilities.

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) was established in 2006 and is based at the Khalifa port, halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Khalifa is already the largest semi-automated port in the Gulf region, and is ADT's flagship maritime asset.

ADT has already invested heavily in automation, which the company believes gives it an edge in the port management sector.

"In general, the global port industry lags behind other industries since port operators are quite conservative when it comes to investing in R&D, innovation, and disruptive technologies," said Chief Automation Officer Arturo Garcia. "The benefit of implementing AI is that it will improve the logistic chain which will enhance and improve the efficiency of the global transport of goods."

To deploy the new AI applications, ADT will be using Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence Services. The cost-optimisation plan has the blessing of top management at the port operator.

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