Busan Port Authority ups safety measures with new smart technology

Busan Port Authority (BPA) | KT | Sea Bank

The Busan Port Authority (BPA) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KT and Sea Bank, agreeing to develop new technologies to keep the port safe.

Kang Jun-suk, CEO of the BPA, stated that all parties signed the MoU of 30 September 2021 and agreed to collaborate on a pilot service for an IoT distress notification system in an attempt to ensure safety at the Port of Busan.

Furthermore, the three companies promised to work together to develop a port safety platform alongside IoT-based smart port services.

The distress notification system has been developed by Sea Bank and uses KT’s maritime LTE network. This is the first device to automatically transmit the location of those who face accidents using LTE technology.

If a person was to fall into the water, the system is set to be triggered by the power of a life jacket opening. This notification will then be automatically sent to a land base up to 100km away.

“We will continue to proactively introduce new technologies, such IoT, to lead in preventing safety accidents,” said the CEO of the port authority.

The BPA also recently selected the Dongwon New Port Container Terminal Consortium to operate the West Container Terminal at Busan New Port.

The BPA selected the Consortium as the preferred bidder through open bidding on 20 August 2021 and has since been negotiating the details of the provisional contract. However, negotiations have been delayed for verifying the volume attraction plan, as proposed by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and to consult with shipping labour unions.

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