Private 5G networks are a key element for cutting-edge modern port operations and are having a major impact on the logistics industry.
5G private networks are the future of mission-critical communications, delivering super-high-speed mobility, lower latency, and greater security. These networks are now implemented in many seaports around the world, offering many benefits, from improved safety and security to greater efficiency and significant cost savings. Private 5G networks are a key element for cutting-edge modern port operations and have a major impact on the logistics industry in general. 5G private networks offer several advantages in operationally complex environments such as ports, where the safe and efficient movement of goods and cargo is crucial. Here are some of the benefits that 5G private networks can bring to ports:
Operational efficiencies: Port operators are under increasing pressure to reduce loading/unloading times, which is driving the demand for automated operation. The use of autonomous vehicles, automated gantry cranes and new advanced AI technologies within ports will only increase data demands. 5G private networks offer the ideal solution to meet the growing demand for bandwidth today and in the future.
Asset tracking and monitoring: Another advantage of using 5G private networks is the inherent support for massive IoT devices, providing port operators with the ability to highly efficient container tracking and tracing, monitoring of remote temperature-controlled refrigerators and other monitoring/control requirements.
Mission critical voice and data services: 5G delivers advanced voice and mission-critical data services, allowing port operators to deploy a single network to connect workers, automate tasks, and deliver all mission-critical voice and data services in the entire harbour.
Preventive maintenance and reduced downtime: 5G is a key element for the automatic monitoring and preventive maintenance of all equipment and machinery used for port operations. The ability to respond quickly to any maintenance issues using IoT sensing and drone deployment can significantly reduce downtime and delays.
Improved health and safety: As with any industrial site, the health and safety of personnel is paramount. Low-latency 5G communications can support multiple use cases to automatically monitor and protect workers, such as video analytics to monitor personnel/personal protective equipment safety compliance, area monitoring, and automatic shutdown.
The potential impact of private 5G networks on seaports
The potential benefit of private 5G networks in seaports is considerable, with several studies highlighting the benefits they could bring. For example, a study conducted by the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) found that 5G technology in seaports could lead to cost savings of up to 50% through increased efficiency and reduced downtime. Additionally, a separate study by ABI Research estimates that 5G in ports could generate up to $12,7 billion in value by 2030.
In conclusion, 5G private networks have the potential to transform seaports and enable new levels of efficiency, security and sustainability. The benefits of robust and secure communication, high-speed data transfer and low latency can be leveraged through use cases such as cargo and container tracking, autonomous vehicles and drones , and environmental monitoring. With the potential to generate significant cost savings and added value, it's no wonder that seaports are among the many industries exploring the potential of private 5G networks.
From a free translation of the article “How 5G Private Networks are Revolutionizing Port Operations”.