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Abu Dhabi Terminals and Microsoft partner on container tracking and autonomous shuttles

Abu Dhabi Terminals and Microsoft partner on container tracking and autonomous shuttles
The technology will be deployed via Microsoft's Azure cloud

Abu Dhabi Terminals and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate to enhance container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities at Khalifa Port.

Through the deployment of Artificial Intelligence Services of Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud, the partnership forms the next phase of the facility’s digital transformation.

The technology, deployed in partnership with Microsoft Consulting Services, will enable the introduction of AI-based container smart tracking solutions that will ensure full traceability of all handled containers, as well as the potential to launch an autonomous vehicle system.

Ralph Haupter, president, Microsoft EMEA, said: “This collaboration ushers in a new era for autonomous vehicles in a terminal environment, and I’m excited to see Microsoft’s cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies contribute to its success.

“I applaud the UAE’s bold and ambitious investments in digital infrastructure and technology, which is creating an excellent launchpad for this new, autonomous generation of vehicles. The local Microsoft Cloud Regions are ready to provide all of the computing power necessary to handle the complex data processing required and also scale these new technologies.”

Abu Dhabi Terminals is the management company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), the region’s first semi-automated deep-water container terminal.

Ahmed Al Mutawa, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “By driving innovation through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and automation, Abu Dhabi Terminals is committed to modernising our port environment, while also dramatically reducing our carbon footprint, and costs, as well as turnaround times for those accessing Khalifa Port.”

He claimed that the partnership would boost operational efficiencies while future proofing the port infrastructure.

Arturo Garcia, chief automation officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals, noted that the operator has worked to “improve operational efficiency in a manner not controlled by industry norms and conventions thanks to our firm commitment toward introducing and developing ground-breaking top-tier technologies”.

He added: “and Automation Technology are not widely used in the port industry, but we firmly believe in its potential and are convinced that our approach will not only benefit Abu Dhabi Terminals and the UAE, but will extend to the entire shipping industry, transforming the way business is done.”