Hamburg starts pilot project with 5G high-tech network

The beautiful new world of digitization collapses when data cannot be transmitted. So far, the operators and developers of new solutions rely on fixed cabling or traditional mobile networks to transfer the necessary amounts of data. Today, there are already techniques to transport large volumes of data quickly from one point to another: The communication standard 5G, with transmission rates of 1.25 gigabytes per second and latencies in the millisecond range, enables quasi real-time reactions – a hundred times faster than the current standard in Germany.

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When it comes to trying out this new standard, the logistics experts in the Port of Hamburg are ahead. Because there the Hanseatic city has just installed two new antennas for the port. The goal is to test industrial reality with 5G. With this, the Port of Hamburg is again positioning itself as a pioneer in logistics. Recently, in May 2018, the port was named “Best Global Seaport” by readers of Asia Cargo News.

Field trial could avoid traffic jams

“With this technology of the future, we can already gain experience and shape the standard. 5G provides security, reliability and speed that did not previously exist in mobile networks, “said Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority. In addition to Deutsche Telekom and the network supplier Nokia, it is the lead partner in the field trial.

In the field trial traffic lights and traffic control technology is supposed to be controlled remotely from the HPA network safely and in real time. The result: fewer waiting times in traffic and better control of trucks at construction sites. For the thousands of trucks that drive through the harbor every day, that would be a noticeable relief. In addition, barges of the Hamburg fleet are equipped with environmental sensors to provide data on air quality or wind speed in real time.

Jens Meier, Hamburg Port Authority

“With this technology of the future, we can already gain experience and shape the standard. 5G provides security, reliability and speed that did not previously exist in mobile networks.”

The freight talks to the consignee

Also, concrete commercial employments would be conceivable in the future. For example, container ships could still transmit current status messages about their cargo directly to many thousands of customers while mooring in the port. Thus, logisticians could make supply chains faster, more efficient and more transparent.
With this project, Hamburg proves to be a pioneer in Germany. Industry and politics want to make the Federal Republic the leading market for the new standard. By the end of 2020 at the latest, the conditions should be met to commercialize 5G networks. However, exact technical specifications and regulations are still missing. Neither is it clear who will carry the costs of the expensive infrastructure, which will amount to many billions of Euros. For years, there has been a lack of will to lay fiber optic cables nationwide – they are considered a prerequisite for the large-scale deployment of 5G.

“#5G will be the standard of the future in telecommunications. But there are still no concrete applications to use this technology in #logistics.“

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Other countries are already a bit ahead. In the US, for example, there are plans to expand the technology nationwide. China wants to start first tests this year in Beijing. And South Korea deployed the technology for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games. 5G provides real-time transmission of high-resolution video images.