Enhancing Port of Antwerp Operations via Telenet-Nokia Network Innovation

Port of AntwerpTo improve the operational effectiveness and services provided at the Port of Antwerp, one of the largest in the world, Liberty Global’s Belgian subsidiary Telenet will use Nokia’s Network as Code platform with developer portal, according to a partnership announced by Nokia and Liberty Global, two of the top converged video, broadband, and communications companies in the world.

Developers employ Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Software Development Kits (SDKs) – available via Nokia’s Network as Code Platform with developer site – to gain network functionality and data to assist the construction of new network use cases for the port. With this access, developers may create new apps for use cases that they can market to their own clientele.

Using Telenet’s 5G standalone network with slicing capabilities, the two companies conducted a recent trial at the port to show how Liberty Global can enable remotely located captains to operate vessels more safely and effectively. Real-time data made possible by ultra-low latency network capabilities and zero-touch automation can help.

The experiment, which is a component of Liberty Global’s Network as a Service (NaaS) initiative, was carried out in collaboration with two Belgian partners: the digital technology and nanoelectronics research and innovation center imec and the shipping company Seafar NV. The experiment made use of imec‘s edge application middleware, which fills in the gap between the 5G network and the vessel’s real-time needs, together with Nokia’s Network as Code Platform with developer portal. These were included into Seafar’s Shore Control Center to meet its demand for low-latency, dependable, high-quality connectivity – something that would currently be lacking in commercial networks.

Imec deployed dynamic geofences to identify places where situational awareness is most critical. These geofences use high-definition cameras and sensors aboard boats, and they will eventually be integrated with AI and machine learning algorithms. To provide high-quality live video feeds, network bandwidth was automatically prioritized when boats approached regions that required enhanced situational awareness. This increased productivity and decreased fuel consumption by enabling Seafar’s captains to maneuver their ships through these regions securely without having to slow down or wait needlessly while loading and unloading cargo. They were also able to operate many boats simultaneously because to it.

5G standalone, Cloud, Edge Computing, and AI Combined

The collaboration is a practical application of the Open Gateway concept, which was introduced by the GSMA in 2017 and urges the sector to standardize developer APIs in order to spur innovation.

Using NAAS technology would contribute to the development of an ecosystem that incorporates CAMARA APIs that are standardized into applications for IMC. By doing this, it would be possible to use network resources efficiently and reliably, as needed, without having to set up a costly, specialized mobile communication infrastructure. Customers would only pay for what they use when utilizing a 5G standalone network that is incorporated into the cloud, while they would also get the most flexibility possible thanks to a finely tuned degree of control.

“I am very pleased that Nokia is expanding the possibilities of bringing simplified network capabilities to developers at the Port of Antwerp that can be translated into new applications for their customers,” said Shkumbin Hamiti, Head of Network Monetization Platform, Cloud and Network Services at Nokia. “We are eager to work with Liberty Global more closely and fulfill our strategic goal of using the port’s larger B2B digitalization ecosystem.”

“This multifaceted trial simultaneously leverages the power of 5G standalone, cloud, edge computing, and AI-driven computer vision applications,” said Madalina Suceveanu, Managing Director of Mobile & Cloud Technologies at Liberty Global. “Thanks to the abundance of possibilities found in 5G-era networks, businesses and customers may now enjoy better customer experiences in ways that were previously unattainable just a few years ago. With the help of Nokia, we have created a framework that will enable us to enter a sizable unexplored market and achieve the creation of even more use cases in a wide range of industries outside of shipping.”