With the “5G Port of the Future” project, focusing on the Port of Livorno, Ericsson received the “Industrial Energy Efficiency Award” during the Hannover Messe Digital Days on 14th and 15th July 2020.
The award was conferred for the results achieved in terms of sustainability, increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact of logistics operations within the port, through implementing technological solutions such as 5G, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
The project, launched in 2016 by Ericsson together with the National Interuniversity Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT) and the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, has laid the foundations for one of the major Italian ports to become a testing ground for the experimentation of new 5G solutions, especially in relation to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The ongoing 5G trials are also part of the European “Corealis – Port of the Future” project
Specifically, 5G has made it possible to improve the exchange of information in real time inside port terminals, leading to a reduction in unnecessary movements during goods handling operations. This can significantly optimize processes, reducing fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
Thanks to a model developed together with the project partners and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), it is estimated that, in this way, it is possible to reduce emissions by 8.2% per port terminal each year, the equivalent of almost 148,000 kg of CO2, contributing to the objectives defined by SDG number 13 (Climate Action).
In economic terms, estimates indicate savings of 2.5 million euros per year thanks to the optimization of vessel mooring times and a 25% improvement in productivity through using 5G remote controlled cranes. These figures alone highlight the immense potential benefits enabled by 5G if implemented on a large scale in European ports.
Translation by Giles Foster