Nokia and Ukkoverkot have provided a private long-term evolution (LTE) network to the Port of HaminaKotka in Finland as part of a deal reached with port operator Steveco.

Installation of the network is expected to enable Steveco to promote the internet of things (IoT) and digitalisation, as well as offer mobile connectivity to important applications and provide information at the port.

Using the high-capacity mobile broadband network, Steveco has already been able to improve situational awareness of container handling, warehouse logistics and port security operations.

The LTE connectivity is a dedicated low-latency network that is designed to help wirelessly connected cameras on cranes to stream real-time video and analytics, providing business-critical connectivity for trucks, sensors and workers.

Steveco Terminal manager Niko Arola said: “Previously it was not possible to prove the condition in which containers arrived to and departed from the harbour.

“Now we can, if needed, establish the status and state of incoming containers and insurance responsibility thanks to the cameras in the cranes.

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“Now we can, if needed, establish the status and state of incoming containers and insurance responsibility thanks to the cameras in the cranes.”

“The connectivity also covers our terminals and the rest of the port area, enabling efficient communication for logistics and asset tracking.”

In addition, Ukkoverkot, which provides private LTE networks in Finland, has signed a new strategic alliance agreement with Nokia to offer private LTE and digital automation to Finnish enterprises.

The agreement seeks to create improved enterprise customer networks to facilitate IoT, digitalisation and intelligence for additional business efficiency and safety.

Nokia Digital Automation head Stephan Litjens said: “Ports involve many parties, each needing connectivity but requiring access only to certain information stemming from the different applications and devices.

“A dedicated digital automation platform can be sliced so that each party can access the needed information, and each slice can be assigned priorities.

“It also opens the window to advanced analytics and other digital automation building blocks to boost efficiency and productivity.”