Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe – the UK’s largest container port – will deploy 5G technology via a 5G Private Network installed by telecommunications provider Three UK
The installation has been selected as part of the UK Government’s 5G Trials and Testbeds Programme to drive investment and innovation in 5G and to support the development of new use cases and commercial deployment.
Along with partners Three UK, Cambridge University and Blue Mesh Solutions, and subcontractors Ericsson and Siemens, the project will test the potential of 5G across two use cases: enabling remote-controlled cranes via the transmission of CCTV and deploying internet of things sensors and AI to optimise the maintenance cycle of Felixstowe’s 31 quayside and 82 yard cranes.
Harnessing the speed, low-latency and high-capacity of 5G, the project is looking to demonstrate the productivity and efficiency gains of the technology, while reducing unplanned outage.
The UK’s Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman said “We want to unlock 5G’s potential to revolutionise a wide range of UK industries and 5G Ports is just one project the government is backing to achieve this.
“Our ports will be more vital than ever as we forge an ambitious new global trading position for the UK post-Brexit, so I’m eager to see what 5G can do to maximise efficiency at Britain’s biggest and busiest container port in Felixstowe.”
Hutchinson Ports UK chief executive Chris Lewis said “Being the largest UK port to introduce 5G technology will allow the Port of Felixstowe to deploy innovative technologies to boost efficiency and improve the safety for our workforce. It ties in well with Government policy to create a network of Freeports to act as hotbeds for innovation and to act as hubs for global trade.”
The Port of Felixstowe, together with Hutchison Ports’ Harwich International Port, is part of the Freeport East project team to create a major Freeport centred on the two east coast ports. The port said it hoped the 5G trial will help deliver on the government’s objective for Freeports to act as hotbeds for innovation.
The £3.4M (US$4.6M) project has received £1.6M (US$2.2M) in funding from the government as part of 5G Create, a competition within the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme to support innovators exploring new uses for the technology.
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