ADPC aims for perfection

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the operator of the upcoming Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (Kizad), says it plans to be one of the most modern ports in the world once it opens in Q4 of 2012.

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ADPC aims for perfection Tony Douglas says ADPC wants Khalifa Port to be the world’s most advanced.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 12, 2011

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the operator of the upcoming Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (Kizad), says it plans to be one of the most modern ports in the world once it opens in Q4 of 2012.

The Port, planned as part of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 economic diversification plan, features some of the most advanced systems across all sectors, creating a world class, advanced automated facility.

ADPC yesterday announced at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, that it has selected Cisco’s Borderless Network to connect all systems across the on and off-shore facility. The deal builds on an existing technology agreement with Cisco, and will provide ADPC with a wide scope of networking technologies, including a MESH network, Ethernet, multiple LANs for different units and Wi-Fi.

For business processing, ADPC has a full suite of Oracle ebusiness solutions, announced at GITEX last year, which have been deployed by technology partner Fujitsu, to serve all business areas.

Tony Douglas CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) says that the Port, which was established by Emirati decree in 2006, had been free of legacy issues and therefore able to select the best technologies available.

“There is a level of automation at Khalifa Port that, frankly, you won’t see anywhere else on the face of the planet,” he says. “What we are talking about here is putting elements together that are tried and tested, we are taking components that have matured and demonstrated pragmatic solutions, and that add value.”

“Many of the issues that face businesses when they look to take advantage of the most relevant technologies, we have been quite lucky as a relatively young company, not to be handicapped with some of those [legacy] issues,” Douglas adds.

The port also includes a leading Terminal Operation System (TOS) to control a fully automated container handling solution, with RFID tracking of trucks and containers through the whole facility.

ADPC has also deployed the latest in security solutions, to control what is coming in and out of the port. “We are an entry point to the UAE; the level of security and process screening activities are probably more in keeping with what you would expect in an airport today than what you would have seen in a port.”

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