Smart Ports & Green Shipping


Massimo Satler, CEO
Fabio Piazza, CFO
Gabriele Facenza, COO

The urgent demand for transition to more sustainable industrial practices and the need to raise operational standards favour the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies to optimise operations and worker safety in the port and steel sectors. (SOURCE: Mckinsey & Company, Global AI Survey: AI proves its worth, but few scale impact, 2019).

BRT Simulators produces customisable and modular simulation devices to improve operational efficiency and worker safety as well as to reduce waste in complex environments such as traditional industries.

meet the startup

BTR Simulators designs and develops immersive simulation systems for different sectors, adapting them to the educational, rehabilitation, promotional and recreational needs of customers. Simulators are highly customised in order to train specific skills.


Founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, BTR Simulators was born from the collaboration between the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PercRo) and important local industrial companies for the development of a research project focused on the training of people with disabilities.

BTR Simulators excels in its ability to offer flexible, cross-cutting solutions aimed at improving training and optimising logistical processes in the industrial context. Their distinctive feature lies in the integration of state-of-the-art VR technologies with immersive simulators, which are customised according to specific customer requirements.


BTR Simulators offers highly customised solutions, which makes it an important player in the process of digital and sustainable transformation of the port and steel industries with potential benefits in terms of efficiency and cost reduction.

The combination of technological innovation and customisation gives companies that adopt these solutions an edge, both in terms of increased competitiveness and improved performance.


During the acceleration programme, BTR Simulators expanded its entrepreneurial skills, paving the way for strategic partnerships with relevant industrial players. The startup developed two projects for testing 3D simulators as a training tool: the first, in collaboration with the Port System Authority of the Ionian Sea – Port of Taranto, focused on cargo handling activities, and the second, in collaboration with Acciaierie d’Italia, designed to be used in personnel training processes. 

The primary objective of the start-up is now to consolidate these collaborations, aiming to further broaden its presence in the sector through the implementation and widespread use of its advanced simulation systems.