The Busan Ports Authority (BPA) has announced an acceleration of its smart port upgrade with the integration of 5G mobile edge computing convergence technology into its remote-controlled crane fleet.
In a statement, the BPA said it expects to increase yard productivity by 40%, with full automation in its warehouses and guaranteed safety across all operations.
Mobile edge computing-based 5G technology allows data to be processed at the service site, instead of the main server, according to the BPA.
This efficiency can be achieved by establishing servers or other computing systems to store and process data, which in turn cuts delays to network traffic and increases cybersecurity.
The BPA claimed that by using this technology, one operator can operate up to four cranes simultaneously, which will increase productivity and cut emissions.
The mobile edge computer centre and 5G network centre will be launched in the second half of 2021 and the BPA will include small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in the development.
BPA CEO Nam Ki-chan stated, “Introduction of 5G technology is a great opportunity to establish digital infrastructure for smart port based on domestic technology, which is important to secure competitive edge over other advanced ports abroad.
“It is also an opportunity to lay a sustainable foundation for other related industries. We will work with public organizations and private companies to create an exemplary model for the Korean New Deal project.”