Geoverse to provide private LTE/5G network for Oakland Maritime Support Services

Geoverse to provide private LTE/5G network for Oakland Maritime Support Services
The Port of Oakland

Geoverse will provide a private cellular solution for Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS), a truck and container parking facility at the Port of Oakland, enabling intermodal container yard management applications in the first phase.

The private LTE network will leverage Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), making it one of the first smart port solutions rolled out with CBRS in the US.

OMSS is deploying Geoverse GeoCore Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as the critical control element to manage the CBRS network infrastructure and the connected end points across the port.

A number of mobile devices and end points will be populated with a Geoverse SIM card, enabling them to securely connect to the private network and utilise capabilities such as outbound roaming should they need to transit off-site.

OMSS plans to accelerate its digital transformation by using the Geoverse service platform to enable sitewide wireless coverage, Industrial IoT, and advanced analytics to make its container yard operation more productive and efficient.

Bill Aboudi, president of OMSS, said: “We seek to gain new efficiencies by using wireless, IoT and the available analytics to enable multiple smart port applications by leveraging this reliable high-speed mobile data and communications platform.

“By partnering with Geoverse, the OMSS will be able to enhance its existing infrastructure to support the emerging demands through the use of intelligent intermodal applications such as container yard workflow analytics, environmental monitoring, smart gate management, and drone surveillance.”

The operator hopes to maximise the benefits of its container yard management assets, better utilise automated cargo handling equipment and improve safety and security.

It also aims to reduce operational costs, increase drayage efficiency and support communication services, while operating in a more sustainable way.

Rod Nelson, Geoverse CEO, stated: “This deployment is proving to be a first for the support of new use cases with CBRS, demonstrating how these networks are really a good fit for these maritime environments.

“We’re pleased to partner with OMSS at the Port of Oakland on such a critical effort to improve the way containerised goods are moved as part of the US supply chain. We expect that this is a model other ports and intermodal facilities will be watching.”