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Portsmouth secures funding to transform processes across the port

A group of port and Estudio Cactus employees stand outside Portsmouth International Port.

Estudio Cactus, in cooperation with Portsmouth International Port, has been awarded £100,000 to trial its health, safety, security and environment software to provide operators with real-time information to improve resource management.

This is one nine projects that have been awarded a total of £1.2 million by the UK government through Connected Places Catapult’s first accelerator programme as part of the Freight Innovation Fund.

The Freight Innovation Fund aims to help accelerate the adoption of existing freight technologies within the freight sector and develop a future pipeline in line with the freight industry’s real-world needs. It is a three year, £7 million programme designed to make delivering freight across the UK more efficient and cleaner.

The winning projects are led by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who have been partnered with larger firms to explore the viability of their solutions in real-world conditions.

SMEs will receive business support to help them access private investment, and get the chance to join a Freight Innovation Cluster designed to bring a community of innovators together to collaborate and generate new opportunities.

Estudio Cactus is considered a reliable technological partner for ports, with their software already being used in 20 ports across the globe. Their software improves the port’s security and protection of their assets.

Ports can choose between different modules, creating a software adapted to the needs of the company and under its corporate identity. The available modules are: digitalised security induction, 3D map of the port facility, visitor and contractor registration, work permits, geolocation of visitors, sanctions system and incident reporting.

Above, from L-R: Elly Howe, sustainability and environment coordinator at Portsmouth International Port; Chris Hatter, head of compliance at Portsmouth International Port; Pablo Aguirre, chief operation officer at Estudio Cactus; and James Evans, duty port operations manager at Portsmouth International Port.