Smart & Intermodal Port

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Marianna Massaro
Francesco Argento

Tilebytes, through an AI-based analysis system, uses Big Data and local data to provide accurate analysis and useful insights of environmental performances in order to reduce downtimes and improve production, logistics systems and marine traffic.

Thanks to its expertise and research on port systems, the startup has also developed a real-time management platform focused on the improvement of ship-dock operations.


meet the startup

Tilebytes is a Taranto-based startup that uses artificial intelligence and the best digital technologies to build ecosystems for the study and analysis of environmental data.

We met with founders Marianna Massaro and Francesco Argento to hear more.

What is Tilebytes about and how was it born?

We currently work on air quality monitoring within the Taranto port, with a 50km extension over the city area. We do this thanks to Ecotaras: a company that deals with marine pollution prevention and emergency response, on whose vessels are installed control units for air data, data that Tilebytes reprocesses within its platforms.

The startup was born out as a result of the experience gained together with Ecotaras with the goal of offering the port industry a tool to support logistical-productive decisions to reduce its environmental impact and improve the city’s life quality while reducing inefficiencies and optimising productivity.

We deal with both local and satellite data management and are able to provide short-term forecasting and nowcasting models that allow us determine scenarios and give timely guidance to the industry as to the timing of planned activities and their possible impact. For example, we can help them avoid the costs of production downtime related to the emissions caused.

What interface do you use and offer to your client companies?

We use EVOCS, a real-time SaaS/PaaS platform that can capture and integrate data on critical environmental indicators cross-referenced to port traffic as well.

The application allows us to manage different user clients that are set up according to individual needs: the company has its own profile where it can isolate data and values related to specific activities to check their progress and predict their impact by setting alerts if set thresholds and parameters are exceeded.

These are tools that can be applied to connect any type of sensor technology (soil, water probes). If the client already has them, we design the interface based on the sensors in use.

Have you scaled your activities to other projects?

Working in this area allowed us from the very beginning to seize the main opportunities and meet the needs of this sector, which is why we designed and built OPAL, a 50 square-kilometre equipped area that allows sensor manufacturers to test their technology at low cost without investing in infrastructure.

At the same time, we are working on the development of SeeSide: an app for informed citizenship, which is designed to enable its members a high level of information and interactivity. In fact, it gives them the opportunity to share their experience in the local area in real-time, as well as to participate in the creation of narratives and in the monitoring activity with a view to raising awareness on change and attention to public policy.

Our aim has been to create an ecosystem where we bring into dialogue:

1. Infrastructure for sensing, data acquisition and transmission
2. IT infrastructure for the management and analysis of the data collected
3. Infrastructure for the accessibility of this information to the industrial sector, general public and administrations.

Taranto and its two seas is our sole air and water quality testing area in Italy. Our work is intended to support the successful implementation of monitoring systems of today’s market leaders with the development and fine-tuning of state-of-the-art products that are also used by regulatory agencies.