Pilbara Ports Authority to deploy private 4G network – Telco/ISP
Port Hedland (Credit: Pilbara Port Authority)
The Pilbara Ports Authority will create a private 4G-based network for its Port Hedland operation.
The stand-alone broadband network will support PPA’s vast marine digital platforms,
improving worker mobility and providing seafarers with independent broadband connectivity when visiting Port Hedland.
The network is to be implemented by Aqura, which Telstra Purple acquired in a transaction announced in January.
Due to go live by the end of the year, the network will support service priority for a range of different use cases, with built-in QoS and high-speed 4G links.
In a statement, Aqura said the private 4G network will also support personnel access to corporate and operational systems anywhere in the port, as well as access to digital security systems.
Aqura COO Alan Seery said the network would bring value to ports by facilitating access to real-time operational data, environmental monitoring and production improvements.
He added that “the communications network, which can be upgraded to 5G as technology advances, also provides more control and flexibility to support Industry 4.0 and IT use cases. other technologies such as the IoT”.
Aquara Technologies deployed LTE solutions for minors including Rio Tinto, BHP and FMG. Prior to its acquisition, the company was owned by spatial data specialist Veris.