Port of Zeebrugge accelerates innovation by investing in a 5G network

Driven by a clear strategic vision, the Port of Zeebrugge is to invest in a superfast critical communication network.
Published on
December 15, 2020

Driven by a clear strategic vision, the Port of Zeebrugge is to invest in a superfast critical communication network. 5G is the key technology that will be revolutionary, especially for industrial uses. The private 5G network in the Port of Zeebrugge will be the accelerator for innovation in and around the port.

The impact of innovation and 5G technology in the Port of Zeebrugge

The 5G network delivers efficient, fast and optimal connectivity. The network’s brain is located in the port’s datacenter. This keeps all data safe within the port authority’s own network and makes it independent from external influences.

In the first phase, the data network will be used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, camera’s and quay sensors. For the new sea lock, which is to be constructed in the near future, the high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity will prove to be an asset. 5G will be deployed at port companies for dispatching, connectivity with straddle carriers, track and trace systems and critical group communication.

The first external users of this network have already signed up. They will utilize the Port of Zeebrugge’s 5G network for communication during the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

“As a port authority we want to stimulate the private partners in the port to apply the best innovative solutions in every part of the logistics chain. The 5G technology will make this possible. We feel it is important that we act as an initiator and that we can provide this connectivity bubble for our port companies.”, says Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge

The rollout of this 5G network will speed up the innovation and automation in the port. This platform will be an accelerator for IoT, autonomous vessels, augmented reality (AR) and drones. The hyperfast reliable connectivity bubble will attribute to the competitive position of the port, the private companies, involved governments, associated interest groups and organizations.

A digital transformation thanks to Citymesh

Citymesh will deliver the end to end support and provide the commercial exploitation of the network.

Mitch De Geest, CEO 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.”

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