5G private networks are powering the agile business

5G private networks are powering the agile business

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May 4, 2020
Richard Hart

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In the ever-evolving business landscape the successful organisation is agile and has the know-how and capacity to adapt. Sectors ranging from Manufacturing, Ports, Airports to Energy are using technology to help them to react quicker to market conditions, competitive pressures and extraordinary global events. Richard Hart of CKHIOD highlights the way in which these verticals are embracing 5G private networks to drive through digital transformation.

Digital transformation doesn’t look the same in every organisation. For some, reimagining core elements of the business comes more easily, while in more traditional sectors, this level of change is profoundly uncomfortable.


Below, I’ll look at ways in which even the most established organisations are changing how they work, and seizing the benefits of innovation.

Driving efficiencies at global ports

The way in which goods move around the world has arguably never been more important. As they seek to boost their efficiencies and meet this increased demand, global ports are investing in 5G private networks. The potential for automation in the port environment is huge: remotely operated cranes can deliver efficiencies gains of up to 25%. In a sector where it’s all about unloading cargo off ships and into the distribution network as quickly as possible, gains like this are a game changer. A 5G private network also gives ports the ability to scale and take on new innovation quickly, leading to the continuous evolution of the ports as they strive to operate effectively in the ever-changing global marketplace.

Enabling cost reductions across the world’s airports

For airports, 5G private networks have the potential to help them make necessary cost reductions and increase their efficiencies. With its lightning fast speeds, low latency and ability to connect thousands of devices, a 5G private network opens the door for automation and computer-operated remote control. From a centralised hub specialist engineers can use VR/AR to guide employees through machine maintenance, increasing their own efficiencies and reducing the need for on-site visits.

Let’s not forget that airports are essentially facilities management companies that sell runways, retail space and other facilities to airlines, retailers, and baggage handlers. A 5G private network means they elevate their offering and deliver advanced services like remote control push-back stands and in-depth consumer mobility data. In what is a highly competitive sector, being able to bring these services to the table will be a distinct advantage.

Helping to build connected factories

The potential of 5G private networks goes beyond airports and ports. The manufacturing sector has already dipped its toes into automation, IoT and remote control, and with a 5G private network, manufacturing firms, like those in the pharmaceutical sector for instance, can embrace all of this technology and more to utterly transform their operations. Robots, sensors, software, and tools, and other devices can all be connected, working in harmony to predict machine downtime, servicing and maintenance patterns, and other potential issues. And it doesn’t stop in the plant.

Organisations like CKHIOD, with its 5G private network expertise and supporting partner ecosystem, are helping manufacturing firms to track their products all the way to the end customer, ensuring the integrity of the supply chain; equipping airports with the tools to rise to competitive pressures and ensuring ports can be the well-oiled machine they need to be in this challenging time.