Genoa - The environmental impact of port activities is a matter of growing interest for all port cities, which are increasingly aware of the delicate balance between economic activities which have a strong impact on employment, and environmental protection, in an increasingly fragile urban ecosystem. The development of new technologies contributes decisively to the monitoring and prediction of the environmental effects of port activities, making it possible to optimise their organisation, management and control, and thus contributing to the creation of a sustainable growth model that combines social welfare, economic and public health by consolidating data. ISMAEL was created in order to achieve these goals. DBA Lab SpA’s Innovation Department is responsible for the project. DBA Lab SpA is a company in the DBA group, which has been active in engineering and ICT services for thirty years, providing support through the entire infrastructure life cycle. Also with the collaboration of Universities and CNR, Ismael uses the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality technologies to calculate the concentrations of the main pollutants deriving from port logistics activities - in real time - predicting their future impacts and suggesting actions to mitigate the externalities that they produce.
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The project, implemented with funding from the Region of Puglia (ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 Convergence Objective) and implemented in the form of a software platform at the port of Bari, aims to provide a valuable tool to support the implementation of policies aimed at reducing environmental impact in port and industrial areas. Many sensors scattered throughout the port area and surrounding city districts - which collect large amounts of data on air quality, water quality, vehicle traffic and noise intensity - feed complex mathematical artificial intelligence models that are capable of predicting the future trends of pollutants and suggesting effective mitigation actions. Therefore, for example, the software makes it possible to consider the possibility of evaluating the arrival and departure times of ships in order to reduce their impact on the PM10, which is particularly critical at certain times of the year, or, in the context of port carbon management, to start compensatory activities for the reduction of CO2 emissions, or even to ascertain in advance whether there will be any critical issues associated with the silting up of the seabed, the movement of sea sediments, and the consequent levels of turbidity, including those at beach areas near the port. Ismael has many potential uses: in fact, it is a scalable platform that allows for the development of new functions in the near future, increasing its social utility.
For example, the analysis of the images through computer vision algorithms that will make it possible to identify illegal oil spills in the port area, or which can be integrated with city traffic monitoring systems to make it possible, for example, to regulate the flow of heavy vehicles along roads leading in and out of the port, thus relieving congestion in the urban area and decreasing travel times. Finally, thanks to the use of elaborate queue management algorithms, Ismael would make it possible to predict waiting times for the unloading and loading of vehicles from ferries, preventing excessive hours of waiting with engines typically running.