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Kalmar and Nokia expand upon partnership in terminal automation

Kalmar and Nokia expand upon partnership in terminal automation
Kalmar's Technology and Competence Centre

Kalmar and Nokia are set to expand their ongoing collaboration to provide new solutions for ports and intermodal terminal operators seeking to automate operations and achieve greater productivity.

The two companies aim to combine their communications and cargo handling expertise in new joint go-to-market ventures, integrated solutions development and research collaboration.

The first of the new collaboration programmes will see Nokia and Kalmar incorporate Nokia 4G and 5G private wireless into offering development for use with straddle carriers, automated stacking carriers (ASCs) and rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.

This will enable ports and terminal operators to increase container handling efficiency and enhance on-site safety levels.

Jochen Apel, vice president transportation, logistics and manufacturing, Nokia Cloud and Network Services, said: “This venture builds on our existing business relationship with Kalmar.

“Nokia is now bringing a range of digitalisation offerings to the alliance, with particular emphasis on private wireless, to add to Kalmar’s cargo handling technology know-how.”

Another near-term technical collaboration between the two companies will focus on 5G research projects in Finland as well as on ultra-reliable positioning for safe acceleration of automated cargo handling equipment.

Nokia will provide the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution, an industrial-grade digitalisation platform which aims to provide a reliable, secure and high performance wireless network with industrial connectors and edge computing capabilities on a cloud-based monitoring system.

Kalmar automation solutions’ president, Antti Kaunonen, said: “Port and terminal operators worldwide are eager to leverage the productivity gains on offer with cargo handling automation – and secure reliable, high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity is an essential part of that equation.

“By integrating our pioneering Kalmar solutions with the latest Nokia digitalisation innovation, we can deliver a new generation of offerings that transform port terminal operations.”

In 2019, Kalmar and Ukkoverkot (now Edzcom), a leading private LTE network provider, made an agreement with Nokia to build a wireless digitalisation infrastructure for port and terminal research development.