Nortal and Modi partner to enhance Smart Port solution

New concept will integrate facial recognition to improve efficiency and passenger experience

Nortal and Modi partner to enhance Smart Port solution


The Nortal Smart Port solution is intended to make check-in and boarding more efficient

By Alex Smith |

Digital solution provider Nortal and Modi, a specialist in biometric vision and entrance solutions, have partnered to enhance Nortal’s existing Smart Port solution for port management.

The two companies have developed an initial concept with integrated facial recognition for use in ferry ports and cruise terminals. The joint offering is intended to make check-in and boarding smoother and more efficient by removing the need for manual information processing for passengers and crew.

“Modi, in collaboration with Nortal, will carry out this necessary development for the maritime industry in the digital age”, said Dieter Klawunder, CEO of Modi. “The biometric facial recognition offers several advantages, including a much more convenient boarding process for passengers. The verification of passport data and secure identification also significantly enhance security and improves flow at the border control points in the ports.”

The Smart Port solution combines service design, data, the Internet of Things and automation capabilities to make interactions in a port more efficient. It is currently used at the Port of Tallinn in Estonia, where the company says has led to a 44 per cent reduction in waiting times during check-in and boarding and a 95 per cent faster pass-through rate in automated lanes for ferry operators.

“Cooperation with Modi is a leap forward in expanding our comprehensive Smart Port technology and offering across Europe and North America,” said Kadri Haufe, head of smart port advisory at Nortal. “Nortal’s goal is to help ports to achieve high-level efficiency, provide excellent customer experience, and meet their sustainability goals. Cooperation with MODI supports each of those elements.”

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