Following the 5G trials that were conducted in Port of Hamburg, the Port of Hamburg Authority along with Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have tested new features of the 5G standard with different applications. Telekom commented that Under 5G, there will no longer be ‘one size fits all network’ but multiple virtual networks running simultaneously on the same common infrastructure.
The partners proceeded to three use-cases with different network requirements that were tested in the port:
- Sensors were installed on three ships from the HPA subsidiary Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG. These sensors enable the real-time monitoring and analysis of motion and environmental data from large parts of the port area.
- The Port Road Management Center of the HPA remotely controls the traffic flows in the port of Hamburg via a traffic light connected to the mobile network. This should help, for example, to guide trucks faster and more safely through the port area.
- With the help of the new standard, 3D information is transmitted to an augmented reality application. The 3D glasses allow maintenance teams on site – for example on a construction site – to call up additional information such as building data or receive remote interactive support from an expert.
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According to Telecom, the goal of the project was achieved during the testing, as the partners were able to demonstrate that complex industrial applications with diverging requirements can reliably work over a common physical infrastructure.
As HPA project manager Hendrik Roreger commented
We have gained valuable experience, which we have also shared with the port industry and other partners at several events. That was very important to us right from the start.
Antje Williams, Senior Vice President 5G Campus Networks at Deutsche Telekom added that according to their research 5G enables them to best adapt their network to the customers’ needs.
Industry and the logistics sector in particular will benefit from 5G as a strong lever for a variety of applications.
The Port of Hamburg Authority is already planning additional 5G projects, for the years following.
In 2018, Nokia, ABB and Kalmar also tested 5G to support applications and improve protection and efficiency in smart electricity grid and harbor automation.