By Editorial PortalPortuario.cl
The Port of Felixstowe achieved a major milestone by becoming the largest port in the UK to implement 5G technology.
Port of Felixstowe, together with consortium members Three UK, Blue Mesh Solutions and the University of Cambridge, have secured a grant application under the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 5G Testbeds and Trials program. The project aims to test 5G capabilities in a busy port environment.
The initiative seeks to address two use cases: predictive maintenance of dock cranes using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and providing communications for remote control yard cranes.
Minister of Digital Infrastructure, Julia Lópezsaid that “It is incredible to see that our £200 million investment in innovative 5G technology is empowering the UK’s largest and busiest container port to explore new ways to drive efficiency, improve safety and support the afterlife. to Britain’s Brexit as a nation’s global trade”.
“5G has huge potential to revolutionize various UK industries and Port 5G is just a government funded test to help achieve this,” he added.
Equipment availability is an integral part of port operations. Regular maintenance is a must, but can limit equipment availability. The algorithm maximizes the amount of time the crane is used and reduces costs associated with emergency repairs and daily maintenance.
5G networks can handle the large volumes of data collected that will be used to train algorithms at a rate that would not be sustainable with 4G.
The project will be completed in September 2022. Work has already been carried out in Tiga’s lab to test 5G networks in this use case. Increased traffic will now use the network and demonstrate its ability to simultaneously manage two use cases and to support critical business activities of the port.
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