Ports and Logistics

  • Wireless is ideally placed to meet the complex needs of ports and address the connectivity challenges associated with the wide range of services they need to provide
  • Wireless enables new business models and allows port authorities and their tenants to deliver new services to their customers
  • Reliable wireless services are a key enabler for smart port and smart city services. The right choice of technologies can deliver tangible efficiencies and ROI, along with powerful environmental benefits

What we do

  • We assess your real needs: to present costs and a strategic business case for a high-reliability wireless service - selecting from a bewildering array of technology options available to ports. We can support procurement of wireless systems or services and provide oversight and assurance of deployments
  • Apply our broad experience to address a range of use-cases and interdependences relevant to both large ports covering a vast area, and much smaller ports, where highly focused wireless services delivered to tight budgets are required
  • Analysis of business cases for emerging technologies, such as 5G, future-proofing deployments and establishing dimensioning and scaling scenarios that extend beyond the port and into wider city areas and transport routes

Why we are different

  • Invaluable experience from cutting edge rollouts and trials, including the ground breaking Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project trials in Hamburg, where we analysed the techno-economic benefits of 5G private network deployments for ports
  • We work at the forefront of new wireless technologies, supporting new use cases and innovative commercial models, backed up with many years of real world deployment experience
  • Our knowledge of the changing wireless landscape and technologies mean we are well placed to advise in the development of the business case for investment, the most appropriate wireless technologies, the optimal commercial model and how to future-proof such networks to support new operational innovations

Ports are playing catch-up with the large transport & logistics players in exploring the benefits of wireless connectivity

Ports are unique and complex environments in which container vessels, cruise ships, trucks, rail tracks, cranes and control rooms are all part of an interconnected, multifaceted operation. Connectivity must also serve the needs of multiple stakeholders across vast areas and challenging environments. Communications infrastructure needs to control and track multi-modal transport systems and numerous industrial installations serving numerous use cases.

Advanced wireless services and private networks can meet the essential communications needs of a port, with very tangible and significant operational, safety, financial and environmental benefits, and without the disruption and cost that systems like fibre would bring.

Our experience as trusted advisors to some of the world’s largest ports makes us well placed to advise on all aspects of wireless connectivity, from assessing requirements, costs and business case, to network planning, conducting technical assessments and validating all elements of installation and deployment.

What we offer

  • Advice on all aspects of connectivity: We have conducted wide-ranging technical assessments of a large number of industrial use cases, as well as determining the financial implications and business case arguments for the deployment of wireless infrastructure.
  • Answers and solutions: What operational value can different wireless technologies and strategies offer a port and the businesses that operate in and around it? What is the cost of and business case for delivering high-reliability services? We can answer these questions – and deliver effective solutions.
  • Relevant experience: The demands of ports will require – at a minimum – new network architectures that can deliver ultra-low latency and improved coverage, plus scalable cloud solutions using technologies optimised for edge computing. Our work with ports such as Hamburg – and many other large-scale operations – ideally suits us to deliver these architectures.

Mark Keenan, CEng MIStructE MIET

Chief Executive Officer

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Simon Fletcher, MEng MBA MIoD MIET

Chief Technology Officer

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Oliver Bosshard, MSc MBA MIET

Wireless Networks Expert

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