Ports are key agents for the cities they co-live with. Actually, the economy of a port-city is sensibly tied to the evolution of the port, which normally boosts, with a tractor effect, the population welfare, growths on employment rates and the image of the city towards the community. However, sometimes this symbiosis can lead to unfortunate situations. Ports can be greedy components with regards to environmental impact. Dredging, traffic bottlenecks, noise, air pollution and other types of inconveniences are bounded to daily port operations. The impact of these effects towards cities and their citizens are trending topics that should be addressed in order to nurture (even) better relations among ports and Smart Cities communities.
Framed in achieving this new port concept in a very efficient way, PIXEL aims at achieving these objectives:
- To share information and build integration synergies among the port, the city and the transportation actors
- To fuse and populate into an online platform with all available information sources for environmental monitoring of port activities that can impact the city presenting in real time environmental measurements from a variety of operational areas (e.g. inferred emissions from the container handling equipment in the Container Terminal based on TOS feedings, inferred emissions from vessel operations, measurements from online sensors etc.)
- To create a development strategy that meets the demands on transport in and around the port area while at the same time mitigating the negative impact on the environment and on specific social groups
Involved PIXEL ports are: Port of Piraeus, Port of Thessaloniki