Port of Aberdeen Boosts Safety And Connectivity With North’s Solutions


North Secures £1 Million Contract

North, a provider of smart integrated solutions, has been awarded contracts worth £1 million ($1.3 million) by the Port of Aberdeen. These contracts aim to enhance the safety, connectivity, and sustainability of Scotland’s largest berthing port.

The contract includes the upgrade and expansion of the port’s CCTV and security systems, along with the deployment of private 5G, public Wi-Fi, and Internet of Things (IoT) networks. These improvements are designed to enhance both operations and the customer experience at the port.

“Port of Aberdeen is focused on using cutting-edge technology to achieve its aspirations, both in maintaining operations at the port and delivering our award-winning, industry-leading 2040 net zero strategy. The additional data available through the installation of these systems will allow our team to make more informed decisions that will continue to enable us to offer the operational excellence that our customers expect,” commented Jon Oakey, chief financial officer at Port of Aberdeen.

This partnership follows the transformative US$534 million expansion of the port’s South Harbour, the largest marine infrastructure project in the Trust’s history, which officially opened in September 2023.

Comprehensive Security System Implementation

North has designed and implemented an extensive CCTV and security system across both North Harbour and South Harbour. This includes integrated video management systems, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), and access control.

“North is focussed on delivering stronger networks and smarter places, and we are proud to help Port of Aberdeen realise this. Its transformational expansion and mission to become Scotland’s first premier net zero port will be accelerated through its prioritisation of and investment into smart solutions,” stated Julie Hutchison, business development manager at North.

Robust 4K marine-grade cameras with video analytics now offer visibility as vessels approach the port, enabling smarter security management. Upgrades to control barriers and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) integration have strengthened real-time event detection and traffic management, ultimately enhancing the safety of people and resources throughout the port.

The 5G investment will enable the Port of Aberdeen to install a high-performing private 5G network, improving connectivity at the new South Harbour. The 5G network will boost communications and support applications such as drone technology, smart bollards, and 5G cameras.

Supporting Net Zero Ambitions

With 6,948 vessels utilizing the port in 2023, the introduction of 5G infrastructure will enhance data gathering through new technologies and support Port of Aberdeen’s goal of becoming the UK’s first net zero port by 2040.

This technology will help the Port of Aberdeen provide a safe, secure and connected environment, furthering its growth and sustainability targets. The newly secured contracts with cruise operators and shipping companies will also support the development of renewable energy sources in the North Sea.

Julie Hutchison said, “North is uniquely placed to offer end-to-end technology solutions and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Port of Aberdeen as we embark on the next phase of the project. As part of this, we will work closely with the team to explore how data and trends are accessible through the technology which can drive operational efficiencies and support the Port’s digital transformation ambitions.”

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Source: Container News