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ADPC drives automation

Khalifa Port 85% automated, says VP

ADPC drives automation
Al Ketbi: Khalifa Port is now nearing full automation of its processes.

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is on track for full automation of processes at its Khalifa Port facility.

The company is responsible for Khalifa Port, one of the most advanced automated ports in the world, and the attached Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), the 51km square Taweelah megaproject.

Khalifa Port is a highly automated facility, with technology managing a wide range of processes at the port, including the Port Operating System, which enables customers to monitor day-to-day operations.

ADPC is about to further increase automation with the roll out of management systems to handle processing of paperwork for vehicles coming into and out of the port, says Dr Saif Al Ketbi, Vice President of IT.

“Today Khalifa Port is 85% automated; this week, we will start the full gate management systems, with online ticketing, online registration, online e-pass, so the truck driver doesn’t have to stop and do the paper processes when they come into the port.”

Once the gate management systems are completed, ADPC is looking to put the final piece of its automation in place, with the launch of Port Community Services, a single portal for Khalifa Port, that will centralise all services for customers, such as trade licence registration. The portal will include integrated services from other government entities, and will eventually be extended to all ports in the Abu Dhabi region. “As a customer, you will have just one single interface that will provide all the services to you,” Al Ketbi explains.

The company is also showcasing the range of IT services that it offers to companies that are resident at Khalifa Port and Kizad. ADPC has concentrated on providing its IT services to stakeholders and customers at the Taweelah megaproject where Khalifa Port and Kizad comprise 51 square kilometres. Khalifa Port began commercial activities in September this year, and Kizad has attracted nearly 50 customers.

 ADPC is now offering cutting edge technology to customers at the most competitive costs, delivering tailor-made and out of the box solutions for all IT and special systems requirements.

Customers are able to access a complete suite of ICT services from ADPC, including telecommunications, connectivity, software and infrastructure-as-a-service, and storage and hosting.

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