ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SERVING A FLUID AND SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS CHAIN
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
A thick layer of smog, the strong smell of diesel, massive trucks and ships leaving trails of smoke in their wake — this is imagery that springs to mind when thinking of a port or harbour. But not all are created equal: with a system of 27 control checkpoints gathering data each time a truck passes through its gates, and an app focused on cutting air pollution down to size, the Port of Montreal is on its way to a greener future.
Currently, the port’s Trucking PORTal app gives the 2,500 truckers who pass daily through its gates access to real-time information on traffic. This effectively reduces idling time while also providing stats to drivers on greenhouse-gas emissions. Updated every three minutes, the app feeds off the data collected on every vehicle that enters the port, and uses that information to calculate accurate wait times at every terminal. This has streamlined logistics, reduced congestion and cut down on pollution, allowing port activities to run more smoothly — a win-win for drivers and shippers.
"We're sort of a David vs. Goliath story. We compete against ports like New-York or Savannah that are sometimes three times our size, and we can use innovation as leverage to compete." - Daniel Oliver
BLUE SKY THINKING FOR A GREENER PORT
Movin’On participants suggested new ways to reduce greenhouse gases, traffic and congestion:
- Magic carpet → Trucks could drive up onto an electric track at the port, which would pull the vehicle to their terminal for the last mile of the journey.
- Crystal ball → An app would not only inform drivers of wait times at the port, but also have a forecasting system to help them make informed decisions on their optimal time of departure.
- Preferential treatment → A loyalty system could reward drivers with a prioritized route in exchange for the supply of additional data.
THE PORT OF MONTREAL BY THE NUMBERS
- The port of Montreal handles 1.5 million containers every year
- Quebec’s trucking industry employs more than 115,000 people across the province
- Montreal's port activities generate $2.1 Billion yearly
- The port serves 40 million consumers every day