Digitisation: data as the key to a smart, clean and efficient port

Arjan Kampman

Big data opens a world of possibilities and opportunities for the port region. The ‘Digital Port’ programme is designed to create a port that offers maximum accessibility over the water and the web. By making data available using digital services, the Port becomes transparent for users and we are able to handle vessels more quickly and intelligently. We also get to use our assets – including quays, berths and terminals – more efficiently. Digitisation is the backbone of our promise to become a smarter, cleaner and more efficient port.


Arjan Kampman, IT-manager at Port of Amsterdam.

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Initiatives we have launched since 2015:

Monitoring through sensors
We have installed sensors provided by our partner 30MHz through which we automatically receive reports in the event of damage caused by ships to lighterage stations or in the event of unusual movements. One of the many advantages of this method is that it ensures smarter and faster maintenance.

AIS speeds up logistics process
We use the AIS (Automatic Identification System) and sensors to observe ship movements. This enables us to make the ship-handling process smarter and more efficient, thereby reducing waiting times and improving customer satisfaction.

The Things Network
As a proud partner of The Things Network, we installed a Long Range Radio Antenna (LoRa antenna) in the Port of Amsterdam, part of efforts to build a global open data sensor network.

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Arjan Kampman

Arjan Kampman

Tel: +31 6-83164529
E-mail: arjan.kampman@portofamsterdam.com

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