Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 25, 2019 – Speaking at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, APM Terminals Barcelona’s Sergi Domínguez Tomas, Head of IT, presented “5G in a container terminal: V2X applied to Cranes. Improving safety in a dangerous Environment”.
Tomas explained that 5G technology provides an opportunity to develop new solutions to optimise safety within the terminal. “Wireless communications have always been difficult to manage in container terminals, but we are convinced that 5G technology will allow us to use Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) systems in our terminal, to optimise safety in our processes,” he said.
Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication allows information to pass between a vehicle and any entity that could affect it. Developments in wireless communication are making it possible for cars to communicate with each other (vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications) and to communicate with roadside units (vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications). These planned V2X car-based wireless communication systems are generically called Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
“By using V2X solutions in our cranes we offer our drivers extra support to maintain their safety, while also allowing the mapping of terminals, people and possible dangerous obstacles,” added Sergi Domínguez. “We are creating a fully controlled environment”.
APM Terminals owns the Muelle Sur Container Terminal in Barcelona port, which has an annual throughput capacity of 2.3 million TEU. APM Terminals Barcelona offers direct connections to inland container terminals in Zaragoza and Madrid using dedicated shuttle trains.
In Spain, APM Terminals also operates terminals in the ports of Algeciras, Castellon, Gijon and Valencia.
APM Terminals is an international operator of ports and integrated inland service networks. It is part of the Danish company A.P.Moller-Maersk.
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