The Port of Hamburg has hailed the power of 5G technology following successful tests as part of its plan to become a hub for next-generation industrial mobile communications.
According to a statement, the port initiated three specific case studies to test the reliability of 5G technologies.
These included installing sensors on ships to transmit movement and environmental data in real time across large swathes of the port.
In another example, the port linked to traffic lights to the mobile network in order to control traffic remotely through the port, as well as improving safety and efficiency processes.
The third test allowed the port to access all the data it collects outside of existing networks, transmitting 3D data to an augmented reality application.
In the future, the port says, this technology will help engineers to monitor and optimize construction planning directly on site at the port.
The 5G project at Hamburg was launched in February 2018 in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom and Nokia.
In preparing for it, the parties launched 8,000 hectares wide testbed across the entire port, which was monitored by a base station on Hamburg’s television tower.
Speaking about the success of the tests, Jans Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), said: “I believe the new standard will form the basis for solving tricky industry challenges and is the last push we need to make a breakthrough in terms of digitalization.
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“I'm proud that the City of Hamburg and the Port of Hamburg are among the first to benefit from this technology.”
Antje Williams, Executive Programme Manager 5G at Deutsche Telekom, also commented: “This EU project is an amazing opportunity to test out key aspects of the new 5G technology together with our customer HPA and develop it in line with the customer's needs.
“Not only are the findings from the project useful for the future standardization of 5G, but they also enable us to come up with new and innovative solutions for industry.”
Wolfgang Hackenberg, Board of Management, Germany, Nokia, had this to say: “Ports, in general, need to run smoothly and incredibly efficiently.
“At the Port of Hamburg, we have demonstrated that 5G can play a big role in this regard.
“The testing ground is delivering invaluable hands-on experience and data that will help us when implementing future Smart Port concepts using 5G communication networks and technologies like network slicing.”