Abu Dhabi: Maqta Gateway, a component of AD Ports Group’s Digital Cluster, has entered into a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) and ASPIRE.
The entities will work together to steer a series of cutting-edge AI and robotics projects in the terrestrial, aerial, and marine streams to generate bespoke solutions and applications.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ray O. Johnson, CEO of the Technology Innovation Institute; Stephane Timpano, CEO of ASPIRE; and Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group.
The synergy encompasses projects related to unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and the movement of general cargo of all shapes and dimensions, a concept not yet implemented in this industry. In addition, the projects include autonomous watercraft (water taxis) to transport passengers in Abu Dhabi city to neighboring islands. The bespoke solutions, based on computer vision, communication, sensors, and Lidar technology, will seamlessly integrate into AD Ports Group’s existing infrastructure, enhancing productivity while significantly reducing costs and time taken to complete these substantial tasks.
TII and ASPIRE, both part of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), are mandated to collaborate closely with Maqta Gateway to identify potential technologies and targeted solutions to advance Abu Dhabi’s supply chain networks.
Dr. Johnson remarked that, “We are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Maqta Gateway as we endeavor to transform trade and logistics through the integration of cutting-edge technologies. By boldly advancing the frontiers of Autonomous Systems, and AI for Robotics, we are committed to enhancing efficiency and setting new benchmarks for sustainability and innovation. These Proof-of-Concept projects enable us to leapfrog to the age of 4IR technologies. We look forward to their transformative impact on the global landscape.”