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Industrial digitalization for port terminals

Disruptions to the global supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a huge uptake in e-commerce. This pushed terminal operators to become more flexible and resilient so they could deliver new levels of speed, agility, coordination and collaboration in response to volatile global market demands, shifting transport routes and growing vessel sizes.

Although port and terminal automation have been the focus of much R&D for decades, many systems are out of date and could not help operators adapt to these challenges. In addition, Terminal Operating Systems (TOSs) lack the reliable wireless connectivity and modern hardware required to maintain seamless data links between mobile and central applications. 

Many port terminal operators have started to implement industrial-grade private wireless networks and edge computing to provide reliable, low-latency, high-bandwidth communications. They want solutions that will enable them to fully realize the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to transform terminal operations and enable remote control, automation and data analytics applications.

Nokia is simplifying the transformation of port terminal operations with One Platform for Industrial Digitalization. This platform includes private wireless connectivity based on 4G LTE or 5G, Wi-Fi, industrial devices, an on-premises industrial edge and a catalog of Industry 4.0 applications. It is easy to deploy, operate and integrate into a legacy environment. 

Enhance operational control

Nokia One Platform enables you to get a single, predictive view of the entire terminal area. It facilitates staff communications and collaboration by connecting all personnel through reliable and secure data and voice applications on a single converged network. The platform also helps enhance worker safety by enabling you to remotely monitor data from wearable sensors and connected personal protected equipment (PPE). 

Communications play a key role in terminal operations, but Private Mobile Radio (PMR) offers limited functionality. Nokia One Platform provides dynamic group communications and advanced push-to-talk (PTT), push-to-video (PTV) and group call capabilities to keep your staff connected. By replacing a patchwork of networks with one platform that supports all communications, terminal operators typically reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by 16 percent to 27 percent. 

Real-time monitoring of work health and safety is essential for maintaining a safe work environment in port terminals. With Nokia 


One Platform, you get industrial-grade technologies that let you display data from wearable devices on dashboards and enable automated emergency alarms. This helps you enhance risk management and lower accident rates.

Improve yard operations and increase automation

Real-time insights about temperature, airflow, humidity and light enable you to improve yard operations by making better-informed decisions about resource planning and emergency situations.

By using the dedicated wireless network to connect your container handling equipment to your TOS, you can eliminate cybersecurity concerns and all risk of network interference. Moreover, terminal automation powered by private wireless networks guarantees SLAs, PROFINET or PROFISAFE protocols for remote control, and visual connectivity with the automated machinery. All of this can enable you to reduce the amount of radio equipment in the field, increase container yard productivity by up to 28 percent, and minimize accidents or injuries by reducing emergency stops by up to 90 percent.

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Nokia One Platform for Industrial Digitalization offers dedicated, industrial-grade connectivity, on-premises edge computing and industrial devices that can support most Industry 4.0 applications and transform your terminal operations to the power of n. Visit for more information.