Decisions! Decisions! At ports and other dispatch departments, decisions run the operations. Every decision is connected to the other. The simplest mishap often leads to a complete standstill of operations, turning to millions of dollars in losses.
Technology has been used to streamline this system, ensuring the entries and exit dispatch orders do not clash. Even with these developments, there are often miscommunications in the organization.
However, a new system has been created that leaves it all to the machines. But it goes far beyond just following a schedule it actually articulates events, reasons out the best course of action, synchronizes the event and executes these events. This new type of system, (ICADSS) Intelligent context-aware decision support system has been created for a higher level of efficiency in industrial settings.
How this decision support system works
The system is connected to all the containers coming in and going out. This is the first step in the system. After comparing the packages, the system is fed information of all the containers and its contents.
The information includes its size, its location, it arrival its departure, where it is coming from and all relevant information. The best part of this system is that the contents of the container and the container itself are traced and followed differently, reducing chances of intentional damage of theft.
After feeding the computer all the data it is transferred to the reasoning modifier. Here the data is interpreted and logical decisions made. The computer understands what items should be dispatched first, depending on when they arrived, urgency and size. The default setting is dispatch should be done according to the arrivals and urgency.
But if the ports depend on this solely, the results would be dire. Imagine a situation where a large container arrives and takes up a huge area. Logically, using this system, it would require the item to wait its turn. But this object may block other goods from porting. Past experience from port works dictate that it is released first or as soon as possible to create space for other items.
Another situation the port receives a large order and followed by one of one container. By this logic, the one container would have to wait for the large order to be processed but this rarely happens. Instead, even with reasoning sound logical and knowledgeable decisions need to be made by the system.
In this step, the system integrates both internal and external data. By doing so, it studies past dispatch orders and the finality of its passed decision in regards to similar goods. By combining prior knowledge, reasoning, and data the intelligent context-aware decision support system makes dispatching more efficient and reliable
Advantages of using intelligent context-aware decision support system
- The system uses wireless tech. The absence of wires, especially in an industrial setup makes the process that more efficient.
- The system uses Differential Global position. It can locate all the containers separately from the goods inside them from any part of the world.
- It supports real-time data on cranes and terminal support. This helps the dispatch equipment sync seamlessly. In case one crane is swinging in one direction, the other will not do the same thus avoiding accidents and increasing efficiency.
- The system reduces the workforce needed in these dangerous situations. There usually many casualties and injuries in such industrial settings. The system will help significantly reduce this.
- The system practices post operation evaluation. This is the learning stage of the scheme. After the exercise, it will look at its efficiency levels and find ways to improve them.