Ever since COVID-19, everyone has been talking about how technology can help us thrive in our day to day work, and help humanity live together with a virus that is most likely to never go away.

For some of us, this has turned into teleworking and daisy-chains of online meetings, but for many others working where physical interaction are integral part of the value chain, social distancing and safety measures to prevent contamination have been identified as additional risks to the production chain.

This article will address real-life case of technology protecting a business which would hardly have imagined to remain in operations during the crisis, let alone thrive in it: fishing harbours.

In this case, we discover how a fully digital process has allowed to adapt operations in real time to match the safety requirements, the complex regulations and the expectations of the market whilst giving full transparency.

Transmitting the data about their catch directly from sea, the incoming ships can be directed to the most optimum landing, while buyers already know what will be sold on auction even before it hits the docks. When the boxes arrive for auction, buyers already know what is available in terms of quality, quantity and freshness, with complete traceability that could go up to the GPS coordinates of where each fish was picked.

Such an amount of qualified data available upfront reduces the uncertainties of the downstream process drastically, which in turn, gives the means to take decisions much faster at every step of the chain.

Such cases are providing amazing labs to test new algorithms, new analysis models and new technologies, that could be used to address other, larger concerns, such as mobility around large cities.