Nokia and Claro Colombia have collaborated to deploy an industrial-grade private 4.9G wireless network and edge computing solution at Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía in Cartagena, Colombia. The initiative, aimed at improving mission-critical wireless connectivity and on-premises data processing, leverages the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) and the Nokia MX Industrial Edge to strengthen operations across various industries, including port terminals.

The cutting-edge private wireless 4.9G network, supported by Claro Colombia, provides high bandwidth and low latency, enhancing network predictability in piers and yards. This digital solution involves connecting hundreds of workers, sensors, equipment, vehicles, and cargo securely through a reliable network.

Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía, situated in the Bay of Cartagena, is Colombia’s most advanced multipurpose maritime terminal. It specializes in handling various cargo types, including general cargo, hydrocarbons, Ro-Ro, project, and bulk cargo, alongside logistics and offshore exploration services.

The Nokia DAC platform plays a vital role in Puerto Bahía’s digital transformation journey, initiating automation in the hydrocarbons terminal area. Innovative use cases, such as tracking up to 20,000 vehicles at peak capacity, will be implemented as a result of this deployment. The platform will also enable connectivity between Terminal Operation Systems (TOS) and staff and optimize operations by connecting cranes in docks and yards.

Rodrigo Torras, the President of Puerto Bahía, emphasized that their aim is to implement technological tools that solidify their position as a Smart Port 4.0. The partnership with Claro and Nokia to deploy an industrial-grade network will optimize logistics and improve operations, benefiting all stakeholders.

Carlos Zenteno, the President of Claro Colombia, expressed that the collaboration exemplified their commitment to building a better world. He added that investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure will “promote digital transformation in one of the country’s most prominent ports.”

Osvaldo Di Campli, the President of Latin America for Nokia, highlighted the importance of industrial-grade Nokia Private Wireless networks for ports’ digital transformation journeys. He said the project had established Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahía’s leadership in port operational digitalization throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks for over 2,600 leading enterprises in sectors such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, web scale, and the public sector. The company has extended its expertise to more than 595 private wireless customers globally, becoming the leading provider of private industrial-grade wireless networking.