TSA forms IPSSA (Intelligent Port Services Start-up Alliance)

IPSSA is a consortium of leading technology start-ups formed to deliver innovative autonomous real-time sensing and data solutions solving complex problems facing modern ports.

We recognise there are customer needs and opportunities that benefit from the flexibility and speed start-up technology and culture provide. However, start-ups by their very nature may be too specialised, or not have the funding required to extend their services or capabilities. By forming a consortium of complementary hardware and software partners from across the globe, we are able to deliver unique solutions where the sum is greater that the individual parts can deliver individually. This also offers new opportunities for commercialisation and scale-up for our start-up partners while reducing the risks associated with POCs.

Each company within the consortium is at the forefront of their area of expertise. These are innovators, and as such are at the leading edge of change within their markets. From autonomous boats, submersibles and surface sensing platforms, to green energy hydrogen powered long flight time drones, to automated fleet management software and dispatch mechanisms, these companies are reinventing industries. Each offers speed and flexibility enabling rapid POC development and testing, as well as customisation for bespoke solutions and integration into existing legacy systems or applications.

Our approach is to first understand the unique problems and needs in context, co-creating a service brief with our partners. Only those companies with relevant products or services will participate in the POC, final development and deployment. Each company will customise their product to integrate seamlessly into the core platform

In particular we see exciting opportunities for increased contextual awareness and greater human safety using holistic autonomous land, air, and water based drone sensing platforms integrating with IOT devices and leveraging emerging connectivity protocols like 5G. Through more frequent testing and real-time data acquisition, to reducing human presence in high-risk environments, decision making can be better informed, and the working environment made safer.

Our target customers are Port Authorities, ship operators, and ecosystem service providers with a commitment to support innovation through domain expertise, funding, marketing and PR, and a route to commercialisation. Each consortium company is free to strike commercial contracts or equity investments directly with the customer, as long as it is not in conflict with the products or services created or offered by the consortium.

The following are the current consortium members. Since each problem and project is unique, the consortium partners will be defined accordingly.


Third Space Automation (Finland)

  • Consortium lead and co-ordination - Provision of functional safety applications for collision avoidance, path planning and explainable actions for autonomous / automated drones (aerial, maritime).

  • Automating complex workflows in complicated and dangerous environments through a combination of drones (aerial, surface,submersible), IOT devices and the development of customised AI applications.


  • Avia Maps (Finland) : ANSP for Finland

  • Port of Antwerp (Belgium) : 2nd largest Port Authority in Europe . Test bed

Hardware + Software partners

  • SkyCorp (Estonia) : Fully automated Hydrogen fuel cell aerial drones with on board data collection and processing. Hydrogen fuel cellrecharging station for drones from wind energy.

  • isensys (USA) : Autonomous marine drones and sensing technologies for hydrographic measurements, water quality testing, micro plastics detection and collection


  • EVA (Portugal) : Vertical station for housing , charging and autonomous dispatch of drones

  • Think Circuit (UK) : Plug and play beacon technology for autonomous vehicles for tracking and tracing. Can be implemented oncontainers for tracking and tracing. On cranes to ensure position accuracy in different states.


  • Pedro Faria (Portugal) : Development of value aggregation models for equitable return on the development joint IP / funding / revenue through this type of technical collaboration and co- development.


  • VTT (Finland) : surface chemical analysis (oil etc) , analytics of emissions and environmental data , autonomous shipping related use cases

  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland) : Applied Research

Early discussions initiated or to be initiated with the following entities:


Hardware + Software

  • (Finland): Development of autonomous hybrid ferry with novel marine platform for charging batteries. Fleet management and scheduling for autonomous ships. Status : discussion initiated.

  • Kyyti + Easy Mile (Finland + France): Autonomous mobility service consisting of a fully electric shuttle service to ferry people betweenvarious sites in the port. Status : discussion initiated.


  • (Finland) : Sniffing drones for emissions from vessels, environmental sensing. Status : discussion initiated.

Corporate partners


  • Antwerp Euro Terminal (Belgium) : Security and surveillance on the left bank. Status : discussion initiated.

  • Innoenergy (France): exploring using a converter station attached to a wind turbine for creation of green hydrogen. Status : discussion to be initiated

  • ICT Terminal (Belgium) : use case to be identified. Status : discussion to be initiated

  • Unifly (Belgium): ANSP and UTM provider for Belgium. Status : discussion to be initiated.

  • Elisa (Finland , Sweden) mobile network provider. Status : discussion to be initiated.


  • Huawei (China) : 5G network provision / infrastructure test bed. Status : discussion initiated.

  • Nokia (Finland) : 5G network provision / infrastructure test bed. Status : to be discussed.

  • Ericsson (Sweden) : 5G network provision / infrastructure test bed. Status : to be discussed.