Further digitalisation of port and urban emergency services thanks to 5G ‘Minerva’ network

Further digitalisation of port and urban emergency services thanks to 5G ‘Minerva’ network

The City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, the Antwerp Police and the Antwerp Fire Department are developing and testing a private 5G network.

The network was named ‘Minerva’. This private network, currently being developed and tested by technology company iSea in collaboration with Ericsson, will allow the three partners to further develop their existing digital applications and to explore new ones.

Faster, safer and more reliable

A private 5G network increases the speed, reliability and security of the port authority, the police and the fire brigade's digital applications. The network is not dependent on public providers and is thus better protected against potential breakdowns, as well as overload during large events or mass gatherings, for example. Minerva will also ensure optimum coverage within the three partners' operational area, on the basis of end-to-end European technology.

During a live demonstration, video images were shown via the 5G network from a police combi, a fire truck and a sounding boat from Port of Antwerp.
During a live demonstration, video images were shown via the 5G network from a police combi, a fire truck and a sounding boat from Port of Antwerp.

New and existing applications

The fire brigade, along with the police and the port, have developed a range of digital applications in recent years, such as apps, live streaming, drones and other technologies. Thanks to a faster, safer and more reliable network, this evolution can be strengthened and accelerated. The partners are therefore very satisfied:

Bart De Wever, Mayor of Antwerp: “It is crucial for the city of Antwerp to have mobile networks at its disposal. They have an important role as a forward-looking platform for the digitalisation of the port's multidisciplinary ecosystem and urban emergency services. Minerva can meet the different needs and support applications in their daily operation.”
Maarten Torfs, Director of ICT, Antwerp Police: “Due to the increased digitalisation of the Antwerp Police, we need a safe, reliable and high-performance network for mobile data. This allows us to deploy our various digital applications, such as mobile cameras and the FOCUS app, in the field. With this pilot network, we can further develop our existing digital applications and explore new ones.”
Eva Van Gerven, Director of Staff Services and Technology of Antwerp Fire Department: “Real-time images and information from crucial apps ensure that we, as fire brigades, can deal with an emergency situation more efficiently. And that immediately during the drive towards the situation. This pilot network will further strengthen our digitisation and improve our work in the field.”
Annick De Ridder, Port Alderman: “This 5G trial network with Ericsson technology covers the entire port. It will support our future operations in terms of shipping, safety and ecology. But it is also the ideal basis for the development of high speed 5G applications for automation, logistics, safety and security. As a Port Authority, we are taking a pioneering role in the digital transformation of the port ecosystem, laying the foundation for new jobs of the future.
Valentijn Vande Keere, CEO of iSea: “iSea is excited to see that, thanks to the excellent collaboration between the various partners and services, this pilot project has become a success. The project opens up some decent prospects for the growth of local expertise and sustainable entrepreneurship. New jobs will also be made possible by new technologies such as 5G.”
About Port of Antwerp

As Europe's second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 231 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe's largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.  

True to its mission 'a home port vital for a sustainable future’, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and on sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society. 

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management. www.portofantwerp.com  

The telephone number +32 492 15 41 39 is only for press inquiries. For other questions you can mail to communicatie@portofantwerp.com

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