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Nokia to deploy Digital Automation Cloud at Port of Seattle

Nokia to deploy Digital Automation Cloud at Port of Seattle
Terminal 5 is undergoing a modernisation programme

Nokia has made an agreement with Tideworks Technology to deploy Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) at Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle.

Through its platform with high-performance, industrial grade LTE/5G private networking Nokia aims to deliver major increases in efficiency, worker safety and terminal handling performance.

The private wireless network is designed to reduce the complexity of port flow and can offer a seamless connectivity indoors and out across Terminal 5 operations, cranes, trucks and lifts.

The agreement comes after a successful Nokia DAC proof-of-concept trial at SSA Terminal’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT).

It established that a small number of Nokia DAC private LTE radios, transmitting over a mix of shared and dedicated spectrum, provided superior coverage and reliability than approximately 200 existing Wi-Fi access points located across two Oakland sites.

Tideworks Technology’s vice president of IT Amanda Gress said: “The Nokia DAC platform provide its worth in rigorous testing at SSA Terminal’s OICT Oakland Terminal.

“It’s a logical next step to improve our terminal operating system (TOS) reliability and ramp up future operational applications that require and secure high-bandwidth performance.”

Gress added that Tideworks Technology looked forward to securing and supporting the same kind of mobility, safety and productivity gains at SSA Terminal’s facility in Seattle.

Nokia DAC also incorporates voice services and an edge computing platform that can handle TOS data industry-specific applications.

The Nokia private network will be deployed over Band 53 (Globalstar-licensed) and Band 48 (CBRS) to enable seamless switching between bands and cells, while also providing multiple layers of redundancy.

An on-premise geo-redundant core also provides secure, highly available and low-latency data connectivity and control.

Matt Young, vice president of US Enterprise Sales, Nokia and Cloud Networking Services said: “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.”

Part of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, one of the largest container gateways in North America by total combined inbound and outbound TEU volume, Terminal 5 is undergoing a major modernisation project to handle ultra-large container ships.