Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saintly Scheme to Boost Trade

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saintly Scheme to Boost Trade

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Byline: JONATHON MANNING Reporter jonathon.manning@reachplc.com @JONNYAMANNING

DRONES, artificial intelligence (AI), and unmanned sea vessels will be used in North East ports in an effort to boost trade and improve the economy.

Five ports from across the region have banded together to form the Smart Port North East Testbed, which aims to find out how satellitebased technology and digital programmes can solve problems faced by the businesses.

The test bed hopes that using technologies such as AI, drones, and data analytics will help the ports become more 'intelligent' by increasing efficiency, tracking cargo, reducing costs, improving security and protect the environment.

The Port of Tyne, Port of Sunderland, Teesport, Port of Berwick and the Port of Blyth have all signed up to the new project. It is the first initiative of the Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service (SAINTS), which was recently launched by the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: "Satellites have been providing services for the maritime economy for many years, with advanced technology for navigation and communications the norm in the sector. But as international trade continues to grow unabated, this initiative from SAINTS is an exciting new opportunity for UK companies to make significant technological advances for ports, and show what is possible from a combination of satellite data, terrestrial measurements and AI.

"By developing this collaboration between innovative companies and the ports themselves, the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence offers the hope of longterm business growth in the North East and with it, jobs in a highly skilled and growing sector."

SAINTS brings together experts from business, universities and the public sector to use AI to analyse data and come up with solutions for a range of challenges affecting the country. …

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