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UK port launches site-wide 5G private network

Together with Ericsson and BT, the Port of Tyne has now deployed its new 5G network.

Located in the northeast of England, the Port of Tyne first announced its private network project with BT in July 2022. Now that the network has launched, Ericsson says the first set of live use cases will begin operation this month.

The infrastructure at the site is built on an Ericsson Private 5G solution and BT spectrum, whereby both 4G and 5G will operate simultaneously to support legacy devices as well as power new 5G applications in the port’s future transformation.

Use cases for the network include video and sensors installed at each gate on the site to use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to securely manage and track vehicle access, as well as 5G-enabled cameras with a 360-degree view at the quayside combined with AI-driven software to provide automated container inspection and identification.

Ericsson says that use cases will expand in the future to include autonomous navigation technology, remote crane operations, and connected drones to inspect crates.

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