Data platform for networking seaports


Only three percent of container terminals are automated today. However, the challenges and requirements in this sector can only be overcome and met through further digitization and process automation. Port operations need to be optimized, the supply chain of operators and carriers must be improved, and emissions and waste have to be reduced.    



The challenge

The infrastructure in a seaport is complex. Numerous participating players are involved in port operations (tradespeople, shippers, carriers, recipients, port authorities). Since each of them represents an information silo, the actual potential of data cannot be realized. The DataPorts project dedicated to creating a secure data platform is based on this need. The platform is intended to enable the exchange of information, not only between port agents but also between ports. Secure, reliable, and trusted. Converging various data flows can provide the port community with a set of novel cognitive tools.


Our contribution

Fraunhofer ISST plays a key role in the conceptual design of the DataPorts platform and its specification. We are also involved in disseminating the results that are obtained, and in developing an innovation plan and working out new business models.



DataPorts will provide a data platform enabling transport and logistics companies involved with a seaport to administer data like any other business asset, establishing the basis for offering cognitive services. The platform and the developed pilots are being tested in two relevant European seaports, in Valencia and Thessaloniki.



You will find the consortium here

  • ITI - Instituto Tecnológico de Informática
  • Traxens
  • IBM Israel – Science and Technology Ltd.
  • Hellenic Telecommunications Organisations S. A. (OTE)
  • Everis Spain
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CRTH)
  • Thessaloniki Port Authorithy
  • Valenciaport Foundation for Research, Promotion and Commercial Studies




  • Subsidized by: European Union Horizon 2020
  • Project number: ICT-13-2018-2019
  • Term: 01/2020-12/20221