Written by Andrew Wooden
Autonomous vehicles, survey drones, smart surveillance, AI, and XR action are promised as part of the Port of Tyne’s new 4G and 5G private network.
The infrastructure, built on an Ericsson private 5G kit and BT spectrum, is the UK’s first site-wide deployment of 4G and 5G standalone connectivity for smart port applications, claims the release.
The first set of live use cases will spin up in November, which include video and sensors installed at gates for automatic number plate recognition, and 5G-enabled cameras combined with AI-driven software to allow for automated container inspection and identification.
Some future applications the port plans to roll out include autonomous navigation technology so vehicles can move cargo and equipment around, remote crane operations that will enable operators to work from simulated cabs, a fleet of connected inspection drones, XR devices for immersive training and remote maintenance engineers, and a load of AI sensors to generate business intelligence and improve operational efficiency.
“I believe that 5G is going to play a crucial role in helping Port of Tyne achieve our goals,” said Matthew Beeton, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne. “We can streamline our operations, improve safety and sustainability, and drive growth and innovation throughout the entire maritime industry and beyond. With seamless connectivity, we can link shipping companies, logistics providers, and regulatory bodies from around the world, enabling us to work together more effectively to address global challenges like climate change and cybersecurity threats.”