Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a video depicting how it sees the future of cargo handling by 2060.
According to Kalmar's vision, data fundamentally changes the way world trade operates, making it more efficient, safe and sustainable. People will live in smart cities that are part of a global ecosystem where consumer demand drives logistics and cargo handling industry.
"In 2060, we believe that services will be more personalized and efficient,” says Frank Kho, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Strategy and Development and a member of the "Port 2060 Think Tank". “Specialized items, such as your favorite blend of coffee, can be ordered directly from a local producer. Goods will be moved rapidly around the world in smart containers that know their contents and destination. Everything will be automated and highly efficient."
Terminals will be complete logistic ecosystems that act as global interchange points for an on-demand society. All ports will be automated and run on renewable energy with zero carbon emissions. Continuous predictive maintenance ensures that everything runs smoothly at all times.
Big data will be used to the full benefit of our society, says Kho. Artificial intelligence combined with human experience and knowledge will help society solve highly complex problems. People are more connected than ever and new digital technologies have enabled different forms of collaboration, co-creation and innovation that have positively impacted millions of lives around the globe.
The Port 2060 initiative was originally launched in 2011 to spark discussion on the future of the port industry. Through a series of articles, blog posts and conference presentations, Kalmar has aimed to anticipate the challenges and solutions that will be relevant to containerization as it approaches its centenary.