China announced on Wednesday the port of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province will be operated by the fifth-generation telecommunications network, becoming the world’s first port of operation.
The Qingdao Port has successfully completed the loading and unloading of containers using a fifth-generation remote control bridge, making it the world’s first bridge crane, said deputy executive director of Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal Co., Ltd. Yang Jiemian said on Wednesday.
The technology applies to the actual operation, rather than fiber optic transmission, the operation can be monitored through wireless transmission based on the fifth generation technology.
The smart port requires a strong connection with a short response time, high bandwidth and high reliability. The fifth-generation technology meets these requirements, noting that fiber-optic communications have characteristics that make it expensive to build, maintain and operate.
The fifth-generation network helps solve high cost problems and high risk of error resulting from traditional methods by improving the operational efficiency of the port, as well as remote control of equipment without geographical restrictions.