Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communication technologies (ICT), boosts its port terminal automation solution after the success of the first installation of its kind.
In an area with high labor turnover, Huawei has a solution that promises to make seaports more efficient and safer while avoiding wasted time due to lack of trained personnel. After testing its process automation solution at the Tianjin port, southeast of Beijing, the company is preparing to automate more ports around the world.
Huawei seeks to be the main competitor in the smart port market, which in 2030 will reach a value of 11.150 million dollars, according to data from Research and Markets.
The advantages offered by Huawei’s solution, which uses autonomous driving, 5G, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT), not only make ports more time and cost efficient, but also make them greener.
Since 2021, the Tianjin port terminal has no workers in the automated area. If this system detects a situation that it cannot handle, an alert is sent to the control center where employees take care of it remotely.
Instead of giving employees monotonous tasks, automation allows them to focus on higher-value activities. “In a port like Tianjin, recruiting drivers is very difficult, and once they were hired, attrition was very high,” explains Yue Kun, CTO of Huawei’s Smart Road, Waterway & Port Business Unit, “The technologies Next-generation digital technologies such as 5G + AI have been jointly used to solve industry problems, promote digital transformation and industry upgrading, and bring social value.”
According to Tianjin Port Group, the new smart terminal only needs 200 workers to operate, while a traditional port requires 800 people.
During 2022, the traffic of 20-foot containers (known as TEUs) in that terminal was 21 million of these units, that is, an average annual growth of 6.9% compared to the previous five years.
Currently, with the automation of Tianjin Port Group, 36 containers are handled per hour, this means a growth of 40% compared to the 28 containers that are processed in a traditional terminal during the same time.