Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Nokia helps Finnish port embrace IoT

Steve Rogerson
January 8, 2019



Nokia and Ukkoverkot are providing a private LTE network to the Finnish port of HaminaKotka, bringing the ability to embrace IoT and digitalise processes as well as providing mobile access to applications and information.
 
Through the connectivity the harbour operator has seen improvements across multiple areas, from situational awareness of container handling to warehouse logistics and port security. The dedicated low-latency network enables wirelessly connected cameras on cranes to provide real-time video streaming and analytics, as well as business-critical connectivity for lorries, sensors and workers.
 
"Ports involve many parties, each needing connectivity but requiring access only to certain information stemming from the different applications and devices,” said Stephan Litjens, head of digital automation at Nokia. “A dedicated digital automation platform can be sliced so that each party can access the needed information, and each slice can be assigned priorities. It also opens the window to advanced analytics and other digital automation building blocks to boost efficiency and productivity."
 
The deal with logistics provider Steveco is the most recent result from the partnership between Ukkoverkot, a provider of private LTE networks in Finland, and Nokia. The collaboration has already brought dedicated connectivity to Finavia and Konecranes, and facilitated a Sandvik and Nokia deal to deliver industrial IoT to mining. The companies have now announced a strategic alliance to target more business among Finnish corporate customers.
 
Large enterprises increasingly require highly reliable wireless connectivity as they execute on their digital transformation agenda based on analytical insight, for which they need connected sensors, machines, robots, vehicles and people. Nokia and Ukkoverkot bring proven, mission-critical wireless networks and cloud services for specific use cases in Finland. The aim is to help shape enterprise customer networks with the latest technology so that they can embrace IoT, digitalisation and intelligence for business efficiency, safety and agility.
 
"Private LTE provides the reliability, coverage, capacity and security needed for industrial campuses, like ports, across a variety of industries,” said Jouko Tuppurainen, VP of sales at Ukkoverkot. “A dedicated network infrastructure connects people, vehicles, sensors, machines and robots with a guaranteed quality of service."
 
Steveco Group develops logistics services for a wide variety of needs. The company produces stevedoring services in Finland operating at the ports of Kotka, Hamina and Helsinki
 
"Previously it was not possible to prove the condition in which containers arrived to, and departed from, the harbour,” said Niko Arola, terminal manager at Steveco. “Now we can, if needed, establish the status and state of incoming containers and insurance responsibility thanks to the cameras in the cranes. The connectivity also covers our terminals and the rest of the port area, enabling efficient communications for logistics and asset tracking."
 
Established in 2014, Ukkoverkot provides tailor-made connections on land, sea and air to support digitalisation of industrial and security operators. Its customers include Konecranes, the Finnish defence forces, Finavia, Steveco, Border Guard, VR and Erillisverkot. A high-speed 2.6GHz frequency band and licences for the 450MHz band are assigned to Ukkoverkot in Finland. The 2.6GHz frequency band available to Ukkoverkot also enables services based on 5G technology.