Digital Transformation: M1, Jurong Port Partner to create Smart Multipurpose Port

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M1 Limited (M1) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jurong Port to provide a terminal-wide wireless private network, to support the transformation of the port into an advanced digital Smart Port.

The MOU was signed between M1’s Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, Willis Sim and Jurong Port’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chairman of Technology Development Committee, Desmond Lim.

Jurong Port plays a significant role in Singapore’s economic growth and has been a cornerstone in the country’s development as a global hub port. To promote greater connectivity and operational efficiency in Jurong Port, M1 will leverage on its Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to enhance the network coverage in the terminal and along the port’s berths, using licensed 4G spectrum for the wireless private network.

“The heterogenous network solution is aligned with Jurong Port’s strategic technology roadmap and this partnership will further equip Jurong Port with the technological platform for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)/ wearables endeavours and autonomous drones exploration.” said Sam Wei Hoong, Vice President of Information Technology, Jurong Port.

“M1 is delighted to collaborate with Jurong Port to harness our strengths and expertise in info-communications and network connectivity, to advance Singapore’s port business operations and productivity. As a leading communications services provider, we will continue to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives, as well as to innovate and bring fresh solutions to cater to evolving needs in the digital economy.” said Willis Sim, Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, M1.

M1 will tap on its expertise to improve connectivity in the port by providing commercially proven wireless backhaul network connectivity to the warehouses and access-layer in individual warehouses. The port will also enjoy wireless access solution with enhanced 4G coverage and WiFi network along the berths and 4G connectivity to the port’s data centre via a private Access Point Name (APN), as well as round-the-clock monitoring and technical support provided by M1.

Using licensed 4G spectrum to support the wireless private network not only eliminates potential interference issues but also allows the port to tap on the private network’s security features for internal communications and transmissions, as well as to leverage on the cellular technologies for use case testing on smart applications, sensors, analytics and other IoT applications.

Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 elaborated, “In future, more IoT and smart solutions will be developed which demand greater reliability, much lower network latency and massive connectivity of sensors. Leveraging on our experience in deploying a private HetNet at Jurong Port on a dense cell grid architecture, we will be well positioned to harness exciting new 5G capabilities and pilot innovative digital smart port use cases when 5G technology becomes mature in the coming years.”

“We are delighted with the partnership with M1. As Singapore’s Next Generation Multipurpose Port, an inter-connected port with high speed solutions is key to improved productivity and efficiency, bringing benefits to all our customers and port users, and enhancing our port’s overall competitiveness.” said Desmond Lim, Chief Commercial Officer and Chairman of Technology Development Committee, Jurong Port.