About

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What is NxtPort?

NxtPort is a data utility platform that will collect and pool data from various stages in the supply chain of the Port of Antwerp. The platform will allow for better data sharing, which will in turn lead to more transparency and efficiency, and easier interoperability between existing platforms.

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Our mission

Unlocking the data potential in the Port Communities

NxtPort's main goal is to unlock the potential of sharing existing data amongst the port's players. The NxtPort Data Utility Platform will allow for faster, more cost-effective, as well as more efficient transfers of data between the different players. The platform will also allow for more transparency in the whole shipping process. NxtPort aims to increase operational efficiency, safety and revenue. A second means to unlock the huge value at stake is to allow for market applications to be built upon the existing data. This way, the data currently existing within the port will not only be shared in a better way, the combination of existing data will lead to innovative solutions as well. They will create new business and fresh revenue streams for the Port Community and its individual players.

NxtPort's Golden Principles

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DATA OWNERSHIP

The data provider remains the data owner at all times.




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DATA SHARING

The data provider decides in which context his data can be used.


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CLEAR DIVISION DATA AND APPLICATIONS

NxtPort develops and manages the data platform. NxtPort does not develop applications. Developing applications is done by "the market", so as to stimulate innovation and efficiency.
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LOW BARRIER TO ENTRY

The NxtPort platform has a low barrier to entry: the financial risk (or "value at stake") rests on the shoulders of the industry.

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SHARED BENEFITS

The data users share the financial benefits.

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WELCOME

Everybody is welcome, nobody is excluded (or forced in).

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Co-Envisions, Co-Builds & Co-Markets

We aim to give everyone the chance to collaborate with NxtPort and each other. We want ideas that brew inside the minds of people in the industry to be captured and to be transformed into real products with real impact in their working environment. Therefore, we are collaborating during every step along the way, from outlining ideas (Co-Envision) and making them work (Co-Build) to putting them into production (Co-Market). 

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Co-Envisions

Outlining potential improvements with different stakeholders

In Co-Envisions, people from different professional backgrounds come together and discuss a topic they are faced with on a daily basis and how they envision the future. These people are brought together in a way that a holistic solution is most likely to result from these sessions. This is a crucial first phase in the process of providing market solutions. The result of this session will be revisited by the NxtPort staff and the people involved, to make sure the envisioned solutions continue on to the next phase.

Co-Builds

Transforming the ideas into working solutions (Proof-of-Concepts)

Once market solutions are defined in a clear way, they are transformed from ideas on paper to working solutions in the form of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). Again, for this phase in a products life-cycle, different parties are brought together in Co-Builds. The parties involved will then build a PoC in a pre-defined timespan. This will happen in close collaboration with those who provided the initial idea. 

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Co-Markets

Evolving from Proof-of-Concept to final product

Once the Proof-of-Concepts are ready and have generated enough insights, the solution can go into production phase. In Co-Markets, different parties will create a product that has market potential and that will prove to be beneficial for the industry, both financially and operationally. So in Co-Markets, the focus lies on defining the technicalities of how the product is going to be positioned in the market.