The Port of Piraeus aims to accelerate the digitalisation of its processes and applications after its agreement with telecommunications company Vodafone for new technologies that will offer new possibilities.
Vodafone designed, built, and delivered for use the first-ever private mobile network in Greece, on behalf of the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) and Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), according to a statement.
Following an international tendering procedure, Vodafone Greece submitted an integrated technology proposal, marking a historic moment for Greece’s communications, since it is the first time a business will utilise a mobile network purely for its own private use, laying the foundations for a fully digital hub of international shipping in Piraeus.
Vodafone will offer a digital solution that is expected to increase the total service capacity of all operations in the port, through the use of advanced and completely safe technological infrastructure and services, with the aim of making the Piraeus Container Terminal the region’s most digital terminal and a vector of future applications.
Vodafone has built and delivered this project to PPA and PCT in just three months, according to an announcement from the Port of Piraeus, which is now the Mediterranean regions largest port and the fourth largest in Europe in terms of the volume of containers.
This private network serves data traffic and covers all Piraeus container terminals and piers, offering a guaranteed network capacity of 2.7Gbps, which supports the entire supply chain and daily port operations, such as loading and unloading, cargo storage, distribution and precision functions.
“This 4G / LTE network, developed on behalf of PPA and PCT, presents unique innovations and can also support the use of NarrowBand-Internet of Things (NB-IoT), enabling the installation of sensors and implementation of digital applications,” added the Port of Piraeus.
“Thanks to the highly responsive and zero-latency architecture of this network, it is possible to continuously transmit data and process it in real time, which paves the way for future technological applications,” added the port. “Furthermore, through additional security protocols and thanks to the closed structure of the first private mobile network, top security is achieved in the data that it transfers.”