Boosting Maritime Operations with 5G: The Future is Electric

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In an exciting announcement, a project aimed at boosting a port’s innovative credibility in the maritime industry is in the works, courtesy of a partnership with South Tyneside Council. This initiative will use advanced tech such as 5G cameras and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to manage and support the port’s switch to all-electric operations.

This venture gained funding as part of The Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT) ‘5G Innovation Regions (5GIR)’ grant, amounting to £37 million. This is credited to the collective efforts of the seven North East local authorities (LA7) who together managed to secure over £3.7 million, which they intend to use in the support of advanced wireless connectivity and four noteworthy 5G projects across the North East.

Here is a breakdown of the four projects:

  • 5G-enabled port operations
  • Intelligent Transport Systems with connectivity
  • 5G-Enabled event production and live 360º broadcasting
  • Implementation of advanced wireless sensor technology in farms

The inaugural 5GIR project of the North East aims to bolster economic growth through the utilization of world-class digital infrastructure, hence driving innovation. The Port of Tyne 5G project is expected to serve as a testament to how enhanced digital connectivity can be leveraged to drive growth. The project will harness 5G technology to optimize efficiency and enhance safety while reducing its environmental footprint.

Dr Jo North, the Technology and Transformation Director at Port of Tyne, shed light on the announcement, indicating strong belief in the significant benefits this venture will present for the communities in North and South Tyneside. Councillor Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, shared similar sentiments, stating that milestone is a significant stride toward the council’s commitment to innovation, efficiency, and sustainability.

Patrick Melia, Sunderland City Council’s Chief Executive and the digital lead officer for the newly formed North East Combined Authority, echoed these sentiments. He expressed delight in leading the ambitious project which he views as a springboard for regional development and the nationwide adoption of 5G.

The project impressively showcases the realistic benefits of merging technology with the maritime sector. By using 5G cameras and IoT sensors, the Port aims to increase competitiveness, enhance safety, and promote environmental conservation.

Furthermore, by providing seamless connectivity, the project will facilitate international collaborations to tackle global issues such as climate change and cyber threats. In essence, this project is primed to propel the port, maritime and creative industries to new heights, offering more employment opportunities for residents while acting as a blueprint to future port operations.

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