Source Port Technology
Port Technology is pleased to offer its readers an exclusive paper from Matthias Jablonowski, Global Practice Lead for Ports at Nokia, who explores how advanced networks are supporting the evolution of terminal operations.
The author, an expert in developing wireless networks for a terminal environment, delivered a keynote speech at the recent Container Terminal Automation Conference, underlining the importance of using new technologies to keep ports connected.
This idea also serves as the basis for Jablonowski’s paper in Edition 84: Delivering Performance, which you can gain full access to by subscribing to Port Technology today.
As more types of automated equipment, such as automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and self-driving vehicles, are introduced to the terminal, it is clear that “existing wireless systems” are not fit for purpose.
The digital transformation of operations, as Jablonowski acknowledges in his paper, is also changing the way port and terminal operators manage their business, with the most successful taking advantage of connected equipment to generate data and key insights for improved performance.
In order to fully realize the potential of this data, powerful wireless technologies are needed to establish secure and reliable connectivity within a terminal; as the Nokia expert explains, “wired communication has its limits”.
Focusing on the rise of cellular technology, including advanced LTE and 5G networks, Jablonowski discusses the high availability, high bandwidth and high number of devices that can now be supported wirelessly.
These solutions are already making their way into the terminal, as PTI reported in a recent article, and that trend is only set to continue as operators invest in automation.