The Belgian port's investment in 5G will be used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, camera’s and quay sensors in the first phase. Zeebrugge port will cooperate for this project, with the only certified operator with a license for 5G networks in Flanders and Brussels, Citymesh.

Citymesh is thrilled to be able to work with the Port of Zeebrugge to build the port of the future. At the levels of continuous security, operational certainty and flexibility, Citymesh 5G offers many possibilities. This decision shows the Port of Zeebrugge is working out a long term vision and is ready to face the challenges in digital transformation.

...as noted by the CEO of Citymesh, Mitch De Geest.

As for the second phase, the plan will involve the inner port and will be implemented in the middle of 2020. The benchmark of the 5G network is expected to be an accelerator for IoT, autonomous vessels, augmented reality and drones.

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Located in the port's data center, the brain network will keep safe all the information within the port authority’s own network and it will also deliver efficient, fast and optimal connectivity.