Challenges
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Intelligent Traffic Management System for the Port of Gdansk

Sensor / detector system for measurement of noise, dustiness and odor emissions in the critical points of the port

Visualization of Port space linked with Spatial Information System

Visualization of investment zones including terrestrial and underground infrastructure including geological information

Baltic Sea water level satellite monitoring

Baltic Sea air and water pollution assessment along trade routes based on satellite data

Electronic management system fo the environment laboratory – from sampling to testing and reporting

Containers tracking from the beginning of logistics chains until the formal delivery, regardless of the mode of transport and the type of transshipment

Security, operational and documentary control for fleet and hook-on working towards Scandinavian to cover the whole process of transport – road, sea and loading operations in ports.

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Challenge 1: Intelligent Traffic Management System at the Port of Gdansk

Desired effect: To create an integrated information system aimed at managing the road traffic in Gdansk port area. The system is to be used mainly by the vehicles servicing the port area immediately adjacent to the urban infrastructure. The system is designed to warn the drivers of heavy traffic as well as to suggest alternative routes and redirect the vehicles to buffer parking lots that are planned in the area. This shall lead to a more efficient traffic management around the port.

The intelligent system concept envisages the integration of the solution above with the urban traffic organization system, which will allow the possibility of analysing traffic not just within the port area but also adjacent areas. Drivers shall receive messages on place availability at each parking lot, the possibility of custom clearances or cargo reception, as well as the optimal variant of port entry or departure points. The concept shall also include the road network, with required upgrades, including the parking system and port road access organization. On top of that is shall also take into account the logistic needs of port entities, as well as electronic monitoring and traffic management systems linked to traffic systems of port operators.

The system assumes further infrastructure development within the port and should be designed to allow its extension by the addition of new roads, railways and parking lots. It should also take into account the projected development of the port in terms of increasing turnover, and thus the growth of traffic intensity within the Port.
A video surveillance (CCTV) of the port area might constitute an integral part of the integrated information system. The CCTV envisaged within the scope of the project will be developed by the Office of Security of the Port of Gdansk. Ultimately, the port will be fitted with a modern security system as well as a system for registering and tracking vehicles entering and leaving the port area. Such a system would be used instead of the current one which requires issuing individual passes for vehicles. Further project stages take into account monitoring of coast areas, network maintenance components and unfenced areas of the port.

Relation to satellite assets:

  • Usage of satellite navigation monitoring for vehicles in the Port,
  • Usage of meteorological data to determine possible weather conditions, which can create problems (such as frost or storm),
  • Usage of Earth Observation to determine areas potentially dangerous for vehicles.

Recipient of the solution

The Management Board of the Port of Gdansk

Challenge 2: Development of a sensor / detector system with a data transfer system for monitoring noise, dust and odour emissions for critical spots of the port.

Desired effect: A noise, dust and odour emissions system consisting of two basic components:

  • A measurement layer equipped with a set of appropriate sensors allowing for continuous monitoring of the levels of noise, dust (PM10, PM2.5) and odour (nitrogen based: ammonia, amines, heterolytic, organic nitrogen compounds, sulphur compounds: hydrogen sulphide, sulphides, disulphides, thiols and heterocyclic organic sulphur compounds, as well as compounds produced in fermentation processes – aldehydes, ketones and esters), and wind speed and direction sensors,
  • A communication layer equipped with wireless communication components allowing for communication coverage of the port area.

Each device designed should provide trouble-free and maintenance-free operation, identifying monitored contamination levels in quasi-real time. The collected information should be sent regularly via wireless network to the central computer with analytical software enabling visualization of the contamination, as well as determination their possible sources. The analytical system should also have a built-in decision-making logic enabling it to automatically send alarm messages in case it detects concentrations / noise exceeding the values considered as standard, with the ability to archive the measured data. The system should also allow, in some extent, to predict increased emissions based on atmospheric phenomena. The monitoring platform should also provide data in form of a simple numerical visualizations via appropriate API.

Relation to satellite assets: Part of the system should rely on information obtained from satellite data – visualization of the contamination will require integration of high resolution port images from satellites or aerodynamic platforms. Regular information reporting will also require time synchronization of markers between the devices – a GNSS receiver would be the ideal solution in this regard, which synchronizes with the clocks installed on navigation satellites. There is also the possibility of moving the monitoring devices during workflow activities of the port – in such a case the GNSS sensor would allow automatic location updates for measurement devices, which could then be automatically taken into account by the analytical system. This approach also allows to set additional monitoring devices depending on the needs and to rapid integrate them into the monitoring network.

Recipient of the solution

The Management Board of the Port of Gdynia

The Management Board of the Port of Gdansk

Challenge 3: Visualization of the port area with an included Geographic Information System

Desired effect: A 3D Map of the port area with the Geographic Information System (GIS) features. Technical development and design of the map.

GIS can consist of: current (added periodically or on a regular basis) 3D models of enclosed structures, 3D pictures from the air, a database of PGA SA assets and software to edit the database and an end-user service.

Elements required for the map implementation should include:

  • development of the GIS concept for PGA SA,
  • map for information purposes purchased annually by the Regional Gdansk Geodesy and Cartography Resource along with its processing to a GIS format,
  • 2D orthophotomap for 5 000 ha,
  • 3D aerial photograph of the port area based on laser scanning,
  • scanning and 3D modelling of approx. 200 enclosed structures,
  • development of GIS services, purchase of software for data editing, user interface, maintenance and system update,
  • building and architectural stocktaking of selected enclosed structures.

Relation to satellite assets:

  • Advanced use of available satellite data and database updates
  • Use of cloud resources of OPEGIEKA for Earth Observation
  • Use of GNSS technologies for Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality support

Recipient of the solution

The Management Board of the Port of Gdansk

Challenge 4: Visualization of investment zones including terrestrial and underground infrastructure including geological information

Desired effect: A system allowing a virtual representation of selected areas for investment purposes based on satellite imagery, geological information, property structure, existing and planned utilities, as well as the current and projected road and rail network. The solution should allow to:

  • Provide visual information on the selected area taking into account the terrain sculpture with an accuracy of at least 10 cm per pixel and accurately reflecting the spatial location
  • Provide a correct data overlay on information on existing underground infrastructure (water supply, sewage, gas, telecommunications, etc.)
  • Provide a correct data overlay on the existing and planned road and railway network
  • Identify plots and their ownership status
  • Identify closed/protected/special areas
  • Identify areas by their geological status (stability, cross-section)
  • Asses terrains for investment purposes
  • Provide an option to display additional data on the selected plot with a mobile app

The obtained information should be used to create investment tools, allowing to conduct virtual inspection of terrain (with 3D immersion option). The pilot area should include the “Logistical Valley”, selected areas of the western Port of Gdynia and the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone. The tool should use accepted digital map technical standards, in order to be compatible with other systems.

Relation to satellite assets: This challenge allows to utilise a broad spectrum of satellite technologies, such as navigation, optical, radar and meteorological data to support business processes for investors. It also allows to use available geological cross-sections for an accurate assessment of the terrain and its suitability for investments.

Recipient of the solution

The Management Board of the Port of Gdynia

Challenge 5: Satellite monitoring of water levels of the Baltic Sea

Desired effect:An analytical system allowing satellite monitoring of Baltic Sea water levels at the shortest possible data update time. The designed application should automatically identify new datasets on the Baltic Sea region coming from identified satellite sources. Those datasets should be accordingly processed to allow numerical data generation for designated measurement points with the support of graphical visualizations and maps. The system should also take into account atmospheric pressure measurements, thus allowing the access to quantified values of absolute sea levels over the observed area, as well as for creating forecasts based on built-in probabilistic models.

The system should:

  • create up-to-date sea level maps for the Baltic basin based on satellite data and identify changes characteristic for seasons of the year such as the ice cover,
  • by taking into account Digital Elevation Models, indicate places for which rising sea levels create the greatest threats and to determine affected areas for a number of dynamic models,
  • identify changes coming from marine environment dynamics, which affect the shape of the coast and which could affect the routes of maritime transport,
  • identify long-term change trends in the sea level, which would allow to take mitigation actions minimizing the effects of possible flooding and damages to port, coastal and marine infrastructure,
  • generate monthly reports informing on the results of conducted observations, identifying places most affected by sea level changes, and with taking into account information identified for the short-term trend – provide a forecast for the next three months,
  • generate a summary on an annual basis, indicating long-term forecast trends.

Relation to satellite assets: Direct relation to data from satellite radar observations. Information from satellite data should be integrated within the digital platform, allowing easy browsing through historical data, current information from sea level measuring satellites, and provide data in parallel to simultaneous observations using ground-based measuring stations.

Recipient of the solution

The Maritime Institute in Gdansk

Challenge 6: Assessment of air and water pollution in the Baltic Sea along communication routes based on satellite data

Desired effect: Desired effect: Identification of the air and water pollution in the Baltic Sea along the routes require traffic monitoring of merchant vessels and identifying their impact on the local environment. The nature of marine transport excludes the use of in-situ observations, however, such information can be obtained through observation from aerial and satellite platforms. The created application should allow the following

  • identification of sea surface contamination locations using satellite imagery,
  • identification of the surface ships with the capability to track their movement history using satellite imagery and the AIS / SAT-AIS identification system,
  • evaluation of the emissions caused by merchant fleets, in particular related to PM2.5 and PM10 values, hydrocarbons, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.

The developed application should enable to identify contaminations based on satellite data and the allow to determine the probable contamination source based on the propagation model for a given basin. An additional element of the system should be a periodically updated general map showing the occurrence of air pollution along the transport routes. This feature will make it possible to evaluate the share of merchant fleets in the emission of harmful gases and particulates, as well as measure the presence of petroleum contamination of the sea surface. The system should allow to view archived data and to compare the statistical data with the traffic of commercial vessels registered in a given period. The application should also generate monthly reports taking into account identified, confirmed and potentially observed incidents.

Relation to satellite assets:Observations using radar C-band and X-SAR satellites are necessary to identify oil spills and can be further supplemented with multispectral images. Albeit the SAR system allows to identify ships – it should be supported by optical solutions, a concept used by the current identification systems.

Recipient of the solution

The Maritime Institute in Gdansk

Challenge 7: Electronic management system fo the environment laboratory – from sampling to testing and reporting

Desired effect: To create a comprehensive ICT solution allowing to automate processes of information gathering and listing the results in relations to collected samples for laboratory testing, from the moment a sample is collected until the obtained data results are entered. The system in such for should consist of the following:

  • The user component (sampling activities), in form of a device or dedicated application for existing mobile devices, allowing to provide the sample taker information on:
    • upcoming sampling locations, selected for the most optimal route taking into account the road traffic and peak hours
    • new sampling orders affecting the logistics of sample gathering taking into account priorities and automatically updating the optimal travel route
    • information on the requirements in regards to the sampled material (type, priority and designated research laboratory)
  • In addition the used solution must allow to transfer the data to the system, providing the central register data on:
    • sample taker localization with an accuracy not less than 20 meters and reporting period not exceeding 5 minutes
    • automatic assignment of an unique sample taker ID, spatial location of sampling area, exact time & date stamp of the sampling, and order identifier for the given material to be tested
    • assign basic reference values determined by laboratory requirements (such as temperature, conductivity, etc. measured in the sampling area)
  • The IT component, which main task is to store data and provide logistical coordination of tasks assigned to sample takers. The proposed IT component should allow to:
    • accept orders for sampling taking into account the location, time, type of sample and designated laboratory
    • automatic task allocation for sample takers taking into account time optimizing route logistics
    • automatic recording of samples accepted for testing
    • automatic record keeping of currently tested samples
    • enter obtained research data
    • the possibility to archive the gathered data for later viewing and result filtering

In addition, the solution should allow to visualise the sampling areas with the use of existing maps and satellite imagery. It should also support the planning process by suggesting sampling areas for research testing. Those areas should take into account locations both at land and at the sea. The system should also allow to create daily, monthly and annual reports, which should include data laboratory activities (conducted research) and the performed tasks of individual sample takers.

Relation to satellite assets: Localizing the sample taker requires the direct usage of satellite navigation systems. An automatic localization stamp to the gathered material also requires to determine the localization of the user, assuming that this information was to be assigned to the sample in the location of gathering. Use of spatial planning for routes and sampling areas requires information on the road network, taking into account random events, as well as maps and satellite imagery.

Recipient of the solution

The Maritime Institute in Gdansk

Challenge 8: Tracking containers with customer cargo from the beginning of the logistics chain (load at the customer facilities) until the final delivery, regardless of the type of transport and way of handling

Desired effect: The development of a tracking system for cargo containers, enabling the identification of the load position regardless of its mode of transport and handling methods, by installing an electronic device capable of long-term maintenance-free operations, even in harsh weather conditions, which fit the cargo container structure. Reports indicating the position of the load should be transmitted via a wireless link with information about:

  • the exact time of sending information and location determined by the GNSS sensor
  • the speed of cargo movement and information about the environment in which the container is located (temperature, humidity)
  • power supply status

The system should enable an efficient data transmission at intervals no longer than several minutes, depending on the detected movement of the container and regardless of the transportation method (road, rail or sea). In case of transportation by sea, the designed solution should allow to identify the ship on which the container is loaded and track the transport also beyond the reach of the terrestrial telecommunications network.
The system should be complemented by an application which allows to assign cargo and its owner to a specific, tracked container. Incoming reports from devices installed on the containers should be integrated in a dedicated database application, available online for customers and with the ability to visualize data in the form of confirmed location for a particular container on the map. The application should also allow to view the archived load location records and the supposed delivery time.

Relation to satellite assets:The requirement for precise positioning requires the installation of an GNSS sensor. The requirement to provide information about the cargo location beyond the reach of terrestrial networks could potentially mean the use of satellite communication channels. Information about the location of vessels outside the AIS network range should be provided via the SAT-AIS satellite system.

Recipient of the solution

C.Hartwig in Gdynia

Challenge 9: Increasing the flow of documents (in electronic form) required in the transportation process from the moment they were created to finalizing of the entire transport process, taking into account various means and modes of transport

Desired effect: The development of an integrated system for issuing and circulation of electronic documentation in relation to transport and shipping processes utilizing portable terminals allowing bar codes and QR codes input. The solution should allow to create transport documents in accordance with accepted standards depending on the type of cargo, its destination and transportation method.

Recipient of the solution

C.Hartwig in Gdynia