Asian port moves closer to smart status

The signing ceremony for the venture Photo: Jurong Port The signing ceremony for the venture Photo: Jurong Port
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Singapore’s Jurong Port has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of the country’s three major telecommunications companies for the provision of a terminal-wide wireless private network.

In a release, the port said that it inked the MoU with M1 in December to supply the network to support the facility’s transformation into an advanced digital smart port.

In order to promote increased connectivity and operational efficiency in the port, M1 will leverage on its Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to enhance network coverage both in the terminal and along the port’s berths, deploying a licensed 4G spectrum for the wireless network.

Technological capability

In the release, Jurong Port (describing itself as having been a cornerstone in Singapore’s development as a global hub port and playing a significant part in the country’s economic growth) said that M1 will provide commercially-proven wireless backhaul network connectivity to the warehouses and access layer in individual warehouses.

The port will enjoy a wireless access solution with enhanced 4G coverage and Wi-Fi network along berths as well as 4G connectivity to the facility’s data centre through a private Access Point Name — plus round-the-clock monitoring and technical support from M1.  

Using a licensed 4G spectrum to support the wireless private network eliminates potential interference issues and lets the port tap into the network’s security features for internal communications and transmissions — and leverage on the cellular technologies for testing on smart applications, sensors, analytics and other Internet of things (IoT) applications.

“The heterogenous network solution is aligned with Jurong Port’s strategic technology roadmap, and this partnership will further equip Jurong Port with the technological platform for the IoT/wearables endeavours and autonomous drones exploration,” said Sam Wei Hoong, Jurong Port’s vice president of Information Technology.

Denis Seek, chief technical officer at M1, said: “In future, more IoT and smart solutions will be developed which demand greater reliability, much-lower network latency and massive connectivity of sensors.

“Leveraging on our experience in deploying a private HetNet at Jurong Port on a dense cell grid architecture, we will be well positioned to harness exciting new 5G capabilities and pilot innovative digital smart port use cases when 5G technology becomes mature in the coming years.”

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