Nokia and Ukkoverkot, a Finland-based network provider, have supplied a private LTE network to the Port of HaminaKotka, allowing the port to develop digital solutions like the Internet of Things (IoT).
According to a statement, increased connectivity has allowed the harbour operator Steveco to improve operations across multiple areas, including situational awareness of container handling, warehouse logistics, and port security.
The dedicated low-latency network enables wireless cameras on cranes to provide real-time video streaming and analytics, as well as business-critical connectivity for trucks, sensors and workers.
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The agreement with Steveco is the most recent result of a collaborative partnership between Nokia and Ukkoverkot, which has already brought connectivity to businesses like Konecranes, a Finnish provider of smart port solutions.
Large enterprises require highly reliable wireless connectivity, as they can only pursue digital transformation with the right amount of analytical insight, for which they need connected sensors, machines, vehicles and people.
Mission-critical wireless networks, from Nokia and Ukkoverkot, are designed for greater business efficiency, safety and agility.
— Nokia for Communications Service Providers (@nokianetworks) December 19, 2018
Niko Arola, Terminal Manager at Steveco, said: “Previously it was not possible to prove the condition in which containers arrived to, and departed from, the harbour.
“Now we can, if needed, establish the status and state of incoming containers and insurance responsibility thanks to the cameras in the cranes.
“The connectivity also covers our terminals and the rest of the port area, enabling efficient communication for logistics and asset tracking.”
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Jouko Tuppurainen, VP Sales at Ukkoverkot, added: “Private LTE provides the reliability, coverage, capacity, and security needed for industrial campuses, like ports, across a variety of industries.”
Stephan Litjens, Head of Nokia Digital Automation, also commented: “Ports involve many parties, each needing connectivity but requiring access only to certain information stemming from the different applications and devices.
“A dedicated digital automation platform can be sliced so that each party can access the needed information, and each slice can be assigned priorities. It also opens the window to advanced analytics and other digital automation building blocks to boost efficiency and productivity.”