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From “Low” Tech to “Hi” Tech at Ashdod Port

On Thursday 4 June 2020, the Ashdod Port welcomed 18 startups, selected from dozens which submitted candidacy, to the first meeting of the innovation program's second cycle. The program aims to support and embed advanced technologies at the port. The first cycle proved that what was once considered a LowTech sector in heavy industry can develop technologies that positively impact the Israeli economy.

 

Our second cycle of startups operates in the fields of cyber, AI and depth learning. They aim to promote the port's activities in the area of innovation, boosting the country's economic growth. The program provides these selected startups with full support from port staff, a space dedicated to trials, and the possibility of seeing the final product assimilated into the port's systems.

 

Orna Hausman-Bechor, Port of Ashdod chairperson: “Over the past few months, with Israel being required to tackle the crisis occasioned by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Port of Ashdod's activities have been vital. Ashdod Port is one of Israel's strategic destinations. Its ability to integrate technology that provides protection against the kinds of challenges that present themselves worldwide is critical. Today we're proud to launch the second cycle of our innovation incubator. Together with the Innovation Authority, we are committed to ongoing promotion of the port, positioning it at the forefront of maritime innovation worldwide."

 

Startups selected for the program include:

Automatic drones which carry out routine activities automatically using a preset program and without the need of manual activation. They produce extensive real time information for the port's security and operations data bases.

 

Vehicle offloading damage monitoring system. Currently it is very difficult to conduct real time monitoring on when damage is caused to imported vehicles: during upload to the ship, during the sea voyage, during offload, or during storage. The submitted system monitors and photographs the vehicle with a 360 degree span and is able to records damage to the level of scratches as vehicles are being offloaded. The system documents the type of damage based on the vehicular model.

 

Air and sea pollution sensors. A number of offloading activities cause dust, among them offloading grains or grain products and similar goods. Air and sea pollution regulations must be upheld by the port during these activities. Crane operators cannot estimate the scope of pollution by sight only, which means that the regulations can easily and unintentionally be violated.  The proposed sensor system would monitor the quantity of particles released into the air in real time and serve as the crane operator's air and sea pollution level tool.

 

Automatic vehicles. The company can convert any operational vehicle involved in sea port service into an automatic vehicle that performs its work independently. The pilot will be carried out on a container freightage truck operating in the port.

 

Dock invasion identification system. The system offers real time identification of any person on the docks and the equipment that person is carrying, in any weather and 24/7.

 

System for creating wave-driven electricity.