PSA Begins Smart Port Transformation


Singaporean terminal operator PSA International has appointed telecommunications specialists Singtel and M1 to conduct 5G trials in a move designed to grow the performance and capability of maritime operations through smart technology in a live environment.

The trials of the 5G Trial Tech Call collaboration, for which PSA will provide a live testing ground to gain a deeper understanding around the potential of 5G technology and integration capabilities, before moving to a more widespread adoption phase of a Smart Port.

According to a statement, M1 will support both PSA and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) over the course of 18 months to study 5G performance and capabilities for port applications, which include remote control of port equipment and enhancing Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) operations.

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Findings from these tests will provide deep learnings for future 5G deployments to a wider range of parties, including Government, service providers and various industries.


PSA is central to developing Singapore'sTuas Port. Credit: PSA International

Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 said: “The development of 5G capabilities will play a pivotal role in Singapore’s Smart Nation journey.

“Partnering with IMDA and PSA offers us an exciting opportunity to work on 5G network infrastructure development in a real-life environment for future application across various industry verticals.

“These trials will help us to gain better insights and enhance our 5G knowledge and capabilities, to strengthen our readiness in harnessing new technologies for our customers in the digital economy.”

Bill Change, CEO, Group Enterprises, Singtel, hailed the potential of 5G: “5G has immense potential to catapult manufacturing capabilities into an ultra-fast and low-latency reality.

We want to complement the government’s Smart Nation efforts and empower manufacturers and industry players with a robust and versatile launch-pad through the ARTC, allowing them to leverage digital technologies to create next-generation solutions.

“This key partnership to seed our 5G capabilities will strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading industrial innovation hub, and move us closer in fulfilling our Industry 4.0 vision.” 

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