The AdSP (port system authority of western Sicily) and the RTI business group, consisting of Free Energy, Saving Srl, Luxmaster Srl, and Free Energia, have signed a concession of over 22 million euros to create “Smart Ports” in western Sicily.

The innovative “Project Financing” involves the implementation of integrated energy efficiency interventions in the port facilities of Palermo, Termini Imerese, Trapani, and Porto Empedocle, and the introduction of innovative smart technologies and IoT (Internet of things). This project will significantly lower the environmental impact by trying to bring emissions zero within twenty years. The goal is to create connected ports by transforming them into models of sustainability.

The project foresees a control room in the port of Palermo, that is a control of the video surveillance system, even remotely, for the control of the four-port areas. It aims at the integration and modernization of the current local data center, through the supply of new rack cabinets, core switches, firewalls, servers, and storage systems, aimed at the perimeter and process security, and in compliance with related sector regulations to data processing. Furthermore, to inform and direct visitor traffic, digital wayfinding and digital signage platform have been created. It will offer tourists itineraries and events organized in the area, through an App, available for iOS and Android systems, and interactive touch-screen totems arranged on the exit route from the port towards the city. The president of AdSP, Pasqualino Monti said “We put the theme of environmental sustainability and technological innovation, essential tools for development and economic growth, at the center of our action

In the field of sustainability and circular economy, Italy is trying to become a model to follow and imitate and this is just one of the latest initiatives that are added to others, such as the recent signing of the memorandum between Federpesca and AIPE. (Source: AdSP)