Abu Dhabi Terminals has announced a partnership agreement with Microsoft to upgrade the container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities at its Khalifa Port terminal through the deployment of Artificial Intelligence technologies leveraging Microsoft’s Azure Cloud infrastructure.
Abu Dhabi Terminals is the management company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), one of the world’s largest semi-automated deep-water container terminals.
The new technology to be deployed under the deal will power the introduction of AI-based smart container tracking systems providing 100% traceability of all handled containers, as well as the underpinning the future launch an autonomous vehicle system, the partners said.
“By driving innovation through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and automation, Abu Dhabi Terminals is committed to modernising our port environment, while also dramatically reducing our carbon footprint, and costs, as well as turnaround times for those accessing Khalifa Port,” added Ahmed Al Mutawa, CEO, Abu Dhabi Terminals.
“We are confident that by improving operational efficiencies, we are encouraging economic growth and bolstering business continuity, while also providing UAE nationals with new opportunities to pursue careers in the ever-growing field of Artificial Intelligence.”
“The support of the UAE Ministry of AI and our partnerships with world-leading technology providers, such as Microsoft Corporation, not only future-proofs our nation’s maritime assets and infrastructure, but enables Abu Dhabi Terminals, and our shareholders at Abu Dhabi Ports, to reap tremendous long-term benefits as we continue this exciting digital transformation journey.”