Belgian Port Selects Nokia for Private Wireless Network
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | Comments

Nokia completed the first phase of a 5G-ready, industrial-grade private wireless network deployment for the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. The platform will provide private wireless connectivity to more than 100 endpoints across the entire port operations.

The technology will enable Zeebrugge to deliver a range of new and enhanced services that not only improve the port’s operational performance, but also differentiate Zeebrugge as a leader in port transformation and digitalization. The port will be able to track, analyze and manage connected devices across multiple port-based applications in real time. The end-to-end, high-performance 5G-ready network will accelerate port innovation and automation with deployment of internet of things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and drones.

“Introduction of an advanced private wireless network will act as a beacon for our partners to develop and deliver new solutions right across the logistics value chain,” said Rick Goetinck, CEO, Port of Zeebrugge. “Nokia, in close collaboration with local service provider Citymesh, has demonstrated outstanding 5G capabilities during platform deployment, making phase one a complete success.”

The network is now being used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, security cameras and quay sensors. The connectivity will also be leveraged during the upcoming construction of a new sea lock and during building and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Phase one has established increased automation in Zeebrugge’s outer port area. Phase two, due for completion in mid-2020, will focus on the inner port.

Several external suppliers have signed up to the network, which will be used by port-based companies for dispatching, connectivity with straddle carriers, track and trace systems and integrated communications.

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