Eliminating the danger spot: the special needs of seaports

Moving targets

In order to ultimately improve seaport security around the world and deliver real-time data to seaports and vessels alike, organisations and executives are hard at work developing advanced wireless technologies that will improve the speed of data transfer while simultaneously ensuring its reliability in all operating conditions.

Moving vessels or vehicles that often change their direction of travel and speed need high-quality and always-on connectivity to meet their data, voice and video requirements. Thanks to such reliable wireless links, fast download and upload speeds can be guaranteed and can be delivered for everyone on the network, whether located in the seaport itself or in its immediate surrounding areas.

InfiNet Wireless, a global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, successfully delivered fast and reliable broadband networks in various seaports across the world. In the South of France, for example, the company deployed an advanced access network to provide seamless connectivity to visiting boats and yachts with all the services they usually enjoy by on-shore customers, such as local TV channels, internet access and voice communication.

Similarly, in the Distrik Navigasi Kelasi I Port in Surabaya, Indonesia, known to be the second busiest shipping port and city in this country with probably the largest number of islands in the world, an InfiNet solution was deployed to ensure that the main commodities traded, such as tobacco, sugar and coffee, were all exported to parts of the world safely and on time.

Long-term benefit

From the largest ports in Singapore to small docks in Scandinavia, it is easy to misjudge how crucial communication networks are in these seaport areas. According to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) database, there has been more than a 92% increase of recorded cargo crimes in the EMEA region alone year on year.

While a brand-new security system requires very careful planning, the required expenditure is a critical investment when assessing the ensuing savings that robust security provides. The cost to a seaport of losing critical cargo because of an insufficient security infrastructure cannot be underestimated and must always be taken into consideration. Seaport operators need to focus on the long-term benefits of their security system, which leads to an increase in cargo operations and ultimately to increased revenues for the seaport itself and wealth to the local economy.

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