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APMT Barcelona uses wireless communication to boost crane safety

APM Terminals Barcelona has unveiled its technological initiative to improve safety at container terminals during the Smart City Expo World Congress, held recently in Barcelona

25 November 2019 - 19:00

APM Terminals Barcelona has unveiled its technological initiative to improve safety at container terminals during the Smart City Expo World Congress, held recently in Barcelona.

Head of IT at Maersk's APM Terminals Barcelona, Sergi Dominguez, presented the innovations of the company with a presentation entitled: '5G in a container terminal: V2X applied to Cranes. Improving safety in a dangerous Environment'.



'One of the key challenges in container terminals is how to optimise safety in operations. Here, 5G technology provides an opportunity to develop new solutions,' Mr Dominguez said.



'Wireless communications have always been difficult to manage in container terminals, but we are convinced that 5G technology will allow us to use V2X systems in our activity to optimise safety in our processes'.



V2X communication involves passing information from a vehicle to any entity that could affect it, and vice-versa. 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 Vehicle-to-Everything (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 help in their safety while also allowing the mapping of terminals, people and possible dangerous obstacles; we are creating a fully controlled environment,' Mr Dominguez said.


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