The value of 5G for logistics
Three use cases will seek to demonstrate the value of 5G in a logistics environment:
- Security, traceability, and real-time tracking of goods in a Freeport and Freezone scenario*
- Autonomous drone flights for port surveillance operations
- Improvements to road traffic management through 5G smart junctions (AI-based traffic signalling), easing congestion and improving traffic flow around the port.
The 5G Logistics testbed will operate across the West of England, with a primary test zone at Bristol Port and a secondary test zone covering its surrounding junctions. A third test zone will operate at the Gravity Smart Campus in Somerset (acting as a freezone).
The testbed will be trialling mobile edge computing (MEC), opening up the potential for new industry-wide solutions for ports, Enterprise Zones, business parks, local authorities and (eventually) smart cities.
*Bristol Port Company is not a freeport. The project is working with the port to test solutions that would support a freeport scenario, where freeport zones could operate at a distance from the central port site. The wider applicability of these solutions to other ports and the wider logistics sector are being considered in the project.