The Westerschelde is of great importance to the economies of Belgium and the Netherlands and is one of the busiest waterways in the world with shipping traffic to the seaports of Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen, accounting for more than 150,000 ships per year.
In this border region, public and private organisations from both the Netherlands and Belgium frequently interact. Orange Belgium and KPN, together with Port of Antwerp – Bruges and North Sea Ports, will therefore investigate how 5G technology can be deployed on the water, along the banks and in the ports and terminals on both sides of the border, so that it becomes clear what is needed to make the Westerschelde the world’s smartest, digitised waterway.
The study by Orange Belgium and KPN aims to define a low-altitude cross-border digital corridor for mobility applications and aviation that will make key nodes in the global supply chain, namely ports and hinterland waterways, more efficient, secure and sustainable. The high speed and ultra-short response times (low latency) of the 5G networks will ensure secure and highly reliable connectivity.
Think, for example, of real-time data exchange to and from vehicles and vessels, ports and the remote control and support of trucks and boats. But the deployment of autonomous robots, Augmented Reality, sensors and drone inspections are also among the possibilities. These applications will not only make the logistics chain more efficient, but they will also contribute to better security of critical infrastructure and the environment.Click below to share this article