Categories: BusinessPublished On: 18.03.2019307 words1.5 min read

This article appeared in Port Technology International

From the increasing use of drones to monitor terminal operations, to the growth of cloud connectivity within smart ports, 2018 was a period of real progress.

So to begin 2019, this piece delves in to the four biggest trends for the New Year, and highlights just how impactful they could be.

2019 is set to see the level of automation at major ports rise, as predicted by TBA’s Dr. Yvo Saanen, and this begs the questions: “What digitization trends will this manifest?” and “How can these new technologies be leveraged?”

The below trends address these key questions:

5G Networks

With an incredibly fast and vast 5G ecosystem developing, which will ensure “the levels of automation and artificial intelligence” necessary to meet growing operational demands, ports and terminals are clearly eager to take advantage of this technological breakthrough.

Hamburg, one of Europe’s top ten ports in terms of container volume, has tested 5G technology as it prepares to become “a hub for next-generation industrial mobile communications”.

According to trials conducted by the port, this technology will support engineers on site to “monitor and optimize construction planning”; in 2019, it is possible that 5G will be applied more directly to day-to-day operations at major ports and terminals striving to become smarter.

Chris Collins discusses connectivity between ports and landside operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The additional connectivity and speed offered by 5G, which has the ability to transfer data safely within milliseconds, could also support the digital transformation of the container shipping industry, linking ports and logistics companies securely as the foundation for a more intelligent supply chain.

5G seems to be the glue that will fix the long-awaited Internet of Things (IoT) in place.

The full article is on the Port Technology website here