Network will enable always-on communications so critical applications can be accessed in real-time
BT has completed the roll-out of a secure and resilient wireless backbone network for DP World Antwerp’s Antwerp Gateway container terminal in Belgium.
Based on Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology, the network will provide secure and resilient connectivity for the 900 people working at Antwerp Gateway as well as meet the growing demands of connected devices.
These will help DP World Antwerp to analyse and optimise processes and operations, such as the movement of vehicles around the terminal which handles 2.5 million containers every year, 3,000 trucks every day and almost 950 ships annually.
The solution provides DP World Antwerp with a flexible meshed wireless backbone network that offers security, resilience and high bandwidth. According to BT, the network dynamically adapts to accommodate connectivity for moving vehicles and overcomes obstacles within an ever-changing environment including the presence of containers or large ships.
BT worked with DP World Antwerp on proof-of-concept trials to show that the technology could meet the stringent demands of terminal operations. Full deployment then followed.
“The container industry and global supply chain is undergoing huge changes enabled by digital technology,” said Patrick Putman, chief information & innovation officer, DP World.
“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 an infrastructure for future IoT deployments, opening up the possibilities of automation and artificial intelligence. It is our backbone for growth.”
“The container industry and global supply chain is undergoing huge changes enabled by digital technology”
“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,” added Chet Patel, global transformation officer and president continental Europe, global services, BT.
“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. This is a great example of how BT can innovate with customers and technology partners to create solutions that transform business.”
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