Cloud Computing refers to a network of computer resources accessible via the internet. These resources are typically offered on a pay-as-you-go model.
The Cloud has become such a ubiquitous term that we hardly think about what it actually is. We store our photos on the Cloud, we back up our documents to the Cloud, and we access messaging apps via the Cloud, and even watch movies via the Cloud. But what is it, and why does it exist?
Cloud computing is just a term for the delivery of services over the internet. It is the availability of on-demand computing resources without active management by the user. Cloud services are divided into three categories; Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (Pass), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
One advantage of using Cloud services is that you have no upfront capital investment in expensive IT infrastructure or software licenses. This is because you pay-as-you-go, or in other words, you only pay for what you need when you need it. You also might gain a higher level of security, depending on how savvy or not your in-house IT department is about cyberthreats.
For us, the Cloud, along with other cutting edge technology, allows us to communicate faster. That means our customers and crews get the information they need when they need it.
Our Services unit is continually seeking ways to use innovative technology such as the Cloud to improve efficiency and optimize logistical processes at ports all around the world. A Digital Port is a digital platform for improving efficiency or optimizing port logistics processes. It is a step forward on the path to envisioning connected, smart, safe, and green ports integrated into the city.
In the UK, Amey leveraged the computing power of the Cloud to improve operational decision made around daily winter gritting operations. This was done by collecting and integrating targeted, local weather and road surface temperature data, using small weather stations and sensors to inform decision-makers.
This approach not only saves money but also reduces the carbon footprint, with fewer gritters out on the roads.