Zuid-Holland to take part in the Computable Awards finals




The Province of Zuid-Holland has made the finals of the Computable Awards 2018 with its Smart Shipping in Zuid-Holland project. ICT magazine Computable announced this.

With the aid of sensors on the banks, bridges and locks, the arrival time of inland shipping vessels can be indicated real-time with great accuracy. The traffic on roads and waterways are optimally attuned to each other by the smart use of ICT and data sets, as a result of which the waiting times at bridges are kept to a minimum. This was the reason why the Computable Awards 2018 panel nominated the project Smart shipping in Zuid-Holland in the category ‘Government ICT-project of the year’.

Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen (Traffic and Transport) officially received the panel's report with the nomination on 20 June during the annual ‘Inland shipping’ meeting in Rotterdam from Computable editor-in-chief Sander Hulsman.

“We are incredibly proud of our place in the finals for the Computable Awards”, said Regional Minister Vermeulen. “In Zuid-Holland, we work hard to become the best accessible province in Europe. By applying new techniques, we make shipping more efficient and as a result, more attractive. At the same time, the through-flow on the roads improves and bridges are open for shorter periods, reducing the waiting time for other traffic. Our employees and the bridge operators work hard to achieve this each day. Our compliments to them! "

Smart Shipping in Zuid-Holland

The Province of Zuid-Holland wants to make optimal use of the available waterways and ports and therefore commits to 'smart shipping’. This involves smart vessels, smart logistics and smart infrastructure. For instance, the province is investigating whether its own patrol vessels can be made more sustainable, and inspections are carried out smarter, using information and communication technology. With the aid of sensors on the banks, bridges and locks, the arrival time of inland shipping vessels can be indicated real-time with great accuracy. Smart bridges communicate with each other, optimizing the through-flow of the entire corridor for all modes of transport. The province is also open to market players that wish to gain experience with autonomous mooring. By committing to smart shipping, Zuid-Holland is already making room for the inland waterways of tomorrow.

Computable Awards

The Computable Awards are the most important ICT awards in The Netherlands. The 'Smart shipping in Zuid-Holland’ project scored high on, among other things, added value, complexity and innovation. Zuid-Holland and four others have been nominated in the category 'Government ICT project of the year’. The winner will be announced on 30 October, during the Computable Awards Gala at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht. The readers of Computable will also be able to vote soon. Their vote will ultimately determine who wins for 50%, the other half is decided by the panel.