As part of the latest edition of Port Technology’s e-Journal, which focused on 5G, AI, ML and exponential technologies, the Port of Hamburg has written a paper highlighting the massive potential of 5G.
Described as “the future of mobile communications”, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority Jens Meier reveals how Hamburg has become a testing ground for the next generation of connectivity, a story which PTI also covered in November 2018.
Overviewing the applications of 5G networks, Meier highlights the fundamental differences between this technological development and previous iterations of mobile networks such as 3G and 4G; as well as “increasing broadband width and speed”, 5G will support a range of use cases not possible before.
It is for this reason that 5G is so crucial to ports attempting to become smarter, as faster connectivity combined with increased versatility will facilitate the introduction of advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
In the case of Hamburg, a testbed has “primarily been set up to test 5G applications in an industrial environment”, exploring whether existing data transport facilities are sufficient to support 5G within the port community.
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Meier, in his paper, comments on the results of these tests, in which three case studies using real-life applications “demonstrated the reliability of the new standard”.
By establishing a secure connection for sensor technology to collect information and transfer data, one of many use cases that can be supported by 5G, the technology proved successful and, most importantly, a viable option for the port moving forward.
With the trials conducted alongside Deutsche Telekom and Nokia, the Port of Hamburg CEO also underlines the importance of collaboration in his paper as a means of driving technological development.
To read this paper on 5G, as well as other key insights on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), you can download Edition 83 of Port Technology’s journal today.