Port of Seattle to roll out private LTE/5G wireless network

The Port of Seattle is to deploy a private LTE/5G wireless network at Terminal 5, to be deployed by Tideworks Technology following a new deal with Nokia.

The project will see the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) implemented with wireless connectivity to improve terminal handling performance and improve communication between logistics parties at the facility. Nokia DAC also incorporates ruggedised tablets and smartphones for terminal-wide mobile voice communications and yard inventory applications.

The agreement follows a successful Nokia DAC proof-of-concept trial at SSA Terminal’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT). The trial established that a small number of Nokia DAC private LTE radios, transmitting over a mix of shared and dedicated spectrum, provided better coverage and reliability than approximately 200 existing Wi-Fi access points located across two Oakland sites.

“These use cases illustrate the benefits of private wireless in a port or intermodal terminal operation,” said Matt Young, Vice President of US Enterprise Sales, Nokia Cloud and Networking Services.

“Delivering new standards in network performance, Nokia DAC enables fast, resilient, cable-free operational connectivity. It also incorporates voice services and an Edge computing platform that can handle terminal operating system data and industry-specific applications.”

“We look forward to helping Tideworks Technology usher in a new era, where LTE/5G capacity and performance provide a future-proofed infrastructure that enhances terminal capabilities for yard management, worker safety, video surveillance and voice communications.”

Port of Seattle, Terminal 5 is part of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, one of the largest container gateways in North America. The Terminal is currently undergoing a major modernisation project to handle ultra-large container ships.

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