Oakland Maritime Support Services enters agreement with Geoverse to accelerate digitalisation

Cargo crane and container ship in Oakland harbor, CA, USA.

Geoverse has entered an agreement to provide a private cellular network solution for Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS) at the Port of Oakland as part of efforts to accelerate the digitalisation of maritime operations.

The company said the private LTE network will leverage Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to enable multiple intermodal container yard management applications in the first phase and new smart port use cases and applications in follow-on phases.

The private LTE deployment will be one of the first smart port solutions rolled out with CBRS in the US.

OMSS will deploy the Geoverse GeoCore Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as the critical control element to manage the CBRS network infrastructure and the connected end points across the port.

A number of mobile devices and end points will be populated with a Geoverse SIM card, enabling them to securely connect to the private network and utilize capabilities such as outbound roaming should they need to transit off-site.

OMSS plans to accelerate its digital transformation by using the Geoverse service platform to enable sitewide wireless coverage, Industrial IoT, and advanced analytics to make its container yard operation more productive and efficient.

With Geoverse, OMSS is leveraging the cellular network to better manage its increasing container traffic, the tightening demands on the supply chain, and the growing dynamic handling volumes.

Bill Aboudi, President of OMSS, said, “We seek to gain new efficiencies by using wireless, IoT and the available analytics to enable multiple smart port applications by leveraging this reliable high-speed mobile data and communications platform.

“By partnering with Geoverse, the OMSS will be able to enhance its existing infrastructure to support the emerging demands through the use of intelligent intermodal applications such as container yard workflow analytics, environmental monitoring, smart gate management, and drone surveillance.”

Rod Nelson, Geoverse CEO, also commented, “This deployment is proving to be a first for the support of new use cases with CBRS, demonstrating how these networks are really a good fit for these maritime environments.

“We’re pleased to partner with Oakland Maritime Support Services at the Port of Oakland on such a critical effort to improve the way containerized goods are moved as part of the US supply chain. We expect that this is a model other ports and intermodal facilities will be watching.”

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