Feasibility Study: Ports of the Future powered by space



The purpose of this project is to identify, characterize and assess the technical feasibility and economic viability of services related to the port of the future that can benefit from ut

  • Technical feasibility and commercial viability of satellite-based services and solutions related to the evolution of the port ecosystem.
  • Identification of technical and commercial risks related to the implementation of such services and propose mitigation actions.
  • Engagement and involvement of customers and other relevant users and stakeholders for such services.
  • Business model for the provision of the proposed services.
  • A Roadmap to identify the required actions and actors to be involved for the implementation and commercial roll-out.

The activity shall eventually aim at proposing a pre-operational demonstration project to be performed consecutively to the feasibility study in preparation of the operational service.

Brief Description

The services proposed by the Bidder in the context of the present activity can leverage on the integration of space-based data together with other datasets, such as aerial imagery (acquired for instance with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems-RPAS), in-situ data and data from other sources (e.g. statistic, maps).
The following requirements will be taken into account when carrying out the activity:

  • The feasibility study will address the following scenarios:
    • PortSense Track & Trace: Connected ports
    • PortSense Security: Port safety and security
    • PortSense Environment: Environmental impacts and energy efficiency
  • The feasibility study shall target the definition of services, the development of business models for their provision, and the roadmap for further realisation, but not pure research and technology development activities. Applicants to this study are therefore expected to include entities that are interested in developing and commercialising the proposed services and have the relevant business capabilities.
  •      The envisaged services shall benefit from one or more space assets (including SatNav, SatCom, SatEO, Human SpaceFlight Technologies). The space assets shall represent a clear added value for the considered services and do not need to be limited to ESA's or European space assets.
  •      Due to the customer/user-driven nature of the study and with the aim to consolidate the case for a potential follow-on demonstration project, the Contractor shall engage with the relevant customer/user community(ies) from the outset of the study and, whenever relevant for the successful achievement of the activity's objectives, other relevant stakeholders. Such involvement shall be reinforced by the Contractor during the whole study, to:
    • Understand the existing services/application available to the users.
    • Define the user needs, constraints and expectations.
    • Validate the user requirements; Identify potentially paying customers/users.
    • Validate the adequacy of the proposed system and associated services.

Coordinate and agree on the implementation roadmap of the services and possible participation in a demonstration project.


Project Partners

  • Luxspace (Lead)
  • OHB Digital Services
  • OHB Digital Solutions
  • Port of Tallinn


PortSense was carried out under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.


ESA (European Space Agency) within ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) 4.0


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