The Smart port sails towards digital global routes – Naples Shipping Week

The Smart Port sails towards digital global routes

Technologies, city, business: experiences and challenges for Port as ecosystem of innovation

Session organized by the North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports System Authority – Development, European Programs and Innovation Department

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sala Calipso, The Maritime Station Congress Center, Naples


The Port sector is currently undergoing fundamental changes, both in terms of innovation and governance.
The ICT technologies are part of these changes, in order to get Ports smart, connected and digital.
From one side, the global trade requires to be able to speed-up the innovation race. From the other side the main challenge for Ports is to deploy field components and applications compatible with the port community expectations.
These solutions have to be standard and open, to enable the integration and the connection through complex logistics chains.

Which technologies are able to transform Ports?  What is the time frame? How anticipate or incorporate the technological vision within the Ports development plans? Which public and private subjects are the drivers of Port innovation? Which is the appropriated governance model to re-design the logistics and port processes? Which are the strategic and technological choices to boost the interoperability among different transport nodes of the supply chain? Why these nodes are not fully digitalised and connected yet? Which are the value added services for passengers and cargo within a fully integrated vision? How the port monitoring can increase the security level, the port-city integration and the environmental sustainability?

These issues are the focus of the Naples Shipping Week 2018 edition.
The North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports System Authority promotes the discussion among technology experts, public actors and private companies to identify priorities, tools and methods for the implementation of Ports Digital Agendas.


Introduce: Stefano Corsini, President, North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports System Authority

 Moderator: Alessia Maccaferri, Journalist, Nòva24 – Il Sole 24 Ore


First session
Emerging Technologies and innovation drivers in Ports


 The deep transformation of Ports: production, world trade, new technologies. Which are the innovation drivers?
Michele Acciaro, Professor, Kühne Logistics University – Amburgo

Research focus: disruptive technologies and new port functions
Nicola Blefari Melazzi, Director, National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications CNIT

5G: Port as testbed and enabler
Rossella Cardone, Head of Innovation, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Blockchain: value chain for international trade, shipping and Ports
Luca Amato, Security and Integration Solution Architect, IBM

From the Port Community System to the port ecosystem of innovation
Nico De Cauwer, Digital Business Solutions – Business Architect & PCS Program Manager, Port of Anversa


Second  Session
Companies and Cities: perspectives of innovation for Port Systems


Business focus: R&D investments and proposals for the Italian port system
Roberto Rossi, Business Development Director, Thales      

Experience and perspectives of smart cities: features and opportunities for port-cities
Simona Costa, Chairman, European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Port and work: is there a “third way” for innovation?
Romano Benini, Professor, La Sapienza – University of Rome

 Planning, measuring, enabling the port innovation.  The new port governance and the “smart port index”
Antonella Querci, Director, Development, European Programs and Innovation Department, North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports System Authority 


The strategic plan of infrastructure and services during the digitalization era
Zeno D’Agostino, President, Assoporti