5G trials in Livorno within the EU-funded COREALIS project
COREALIS proposes a strategic, innovative framework, supported by disruptive technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, next generation traffic management and emerging 5G networks, for cargo ports to handle upcoming and future capacity, traffic, efficiency, and environmental challenges. This enables ports to minimize their environmental footprint to the city, decrease disturbance to local population through a significant reduction in the congestion around the port, boost economic development and business innovation, and promote local start-ups in disruptive technologies.
The Port Network Authority of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea (Port of Livorno) has orchestrated an implementation plan around 5G in collaboration with the Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunication (CNIT) and Ericsson Research. As 5G provides high flexibility, high bandwidth and low latency, it is considered a key enabling technology for the optimisation of freight terminal operations, which is at the focus of the COREALIS project. A 5G-based control module for managing general cargo performs a real-time control of loading/unloading operations, collects data via yard vehicles and dock sensors (e.g. LIDAR, WDR cameras and tablets), and takes operating decisions based on real-time analytical processing. Introducing 5G, augmented reality (AR) and AI-based Use Cases in the port of Livorno leads to operational, economic, social and environmental benefits.