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Further digitalisation of port and urban emergency services thanks to 5G ‘Minerva’ network

Further digitalisation of port and urban emergency services thanks to 5G ‘Minerva’ network

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The City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, the Antwerp Police and the Antwerp Fire Department are developing and testing a private 5G network.

The network was named ‘Minerva’. This private network, currently being developed and tested by technology company, iSea, in collaboration with Ericsson, will allow the three partners to further develop their existing digital applications and to explore new ones.

A private 5G network increases the speed, reliability and security of the port authority, the police and the fire brigade’s digital applications. The network is not dependent on public providers and is thus better protected against potential breakdowns, as well as overload during large events or mass gatherings, for example. Minerva will also ensure optimum coverage within the three partners’ operational area, on the basis of end to end European technology.

The fire brigade, along with the police and the port, has developed a range of digital applications in recent years, such as apps, live streaming, drones and other technologies. Thanks to a faster, safer and more reliable network, this evolution can be strengthened and accelerated.

Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp, said: “It is crucial for the city of Antwerp to have mobile networks at its disposal. They have an important role as a forward-looking platform for the digitalisation of the port’s multidisciplinary ecosystem and urban emergency services.”

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