Wednesday , 18 September 2019
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BT delivers wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp

BT has delivered a wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp that aims to help analyse and optimise processes and operations.

The solution is designed to meet the growing demands of connected devices and to provide secure and resilient connectivity for the 900 people working at Antwerp Gateway.

Based on Rajant Corporation’s Kinetic Mesh, it aims to enable always-on communications so critical applications can be accessed in real-time in the most cost-effective way.

It is part of DP World’s digital transformation of the terminal, which handles 2.5m containers a year, 3,000 trucks every day and almost 950 ships annually.

Patrick Putman, chief information & innovation officer at DP World, said: “The container industry and global supply chain is undergoing huge changes enabled by digital technology.

“BT understands this and is helping us innovate to build on our success. Working together, we have successfully completed a wireless backbone solution that creates infrastructure for future Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, opening up the possibilities of automation and artificial intelligence. It is our backbone for growth.”

BT and DP World Antwerp worked on proof-of-concept trials to show that the technology could meet the stringent demands of terminal operations. Full deployment then followed.

Chet Patel, global transformation officer and president of continental Europe, global services at BT, said: “Deploying an innovative wireless backbone in such a complex and dynamic industrial environment, which operates non-stop, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, demands detailed planning and precise execution.

“The success of the Antwerp Gateway wireless backbone solution is due not only to the technical expertise of the project team but also their in-depth knowledge of how major container terminals operate.”