Nokia, Claro deploy private 4.9G wireless network in Colombia port

Nokia, Claro deploy private 4.9G wireless network in Colombia port

Nokia and Claro Colombia have announced the deployment of an industrial-grade private 4.9G wireless network and edge computing solution at Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía in Cartagena, Colombia.

The implementation was carried out using the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), including the Nokia MX Industrial Edge which is designed to meet the mission-critical wireless connectivity and on-premises OT data processing needs of an array of industries such as port terminals.

The new private wireless 4.9G network, powered by Claro Colombia, delivers high bandwidth and low latency, and improves network predictability in piers and yards, according to Nokia.

It aims to securely connect hundreds of workers, sensors, equipment, vehicles, and cargo.

Nokia DAC will reportedly be the key enabler of Puerto Bahía’s digital transformation journey, which will begin with automation in the hydrocarbons terminal area.

One of the more innovative use cases to be implemented is the tracking of up to 20,000 vehicles at peak capacity.

Nokia DAC will also provide connectivity between Terminal Operation Systems (TOS) and personnel, and between cranes in docks and yards to optimise operations.

READ: Nokia dips toe into network sensing for 6G

Carlos Zenteno, President of Claro Colombia, said: “At Claro we work every day to build a better world and this joint development is an example that when we invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure, we are strengthening advancements in technology, and enhancing safety and port efficiency to promote digital transformation in one of the country’s most prominent ports.

“With this reliable, high-performance, and low- latency private wireless network, we will achieve the goal of supporting Puerto Bahia to become an Industry 4.0 port, Zenteno added.”

This announcement comes several months after terminal operator at Santos Port Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) partnered with telecommunications providers TIM and Nokia to implement a private 5G network at the port.

More recently, Nokia announced it will deploy the first industrial-grade LTE private network in Port San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI).

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