Together with the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and other partners, TITUS Research initiated the BalticFuturePort at the end of 2020, an ambitious project that researches the benefits of the new mobile communications standard 5G to optimise processes in the Port of Lübeck.
The project aims to test and apply the performance features of the new 5G mobile communications generation using various application examples. In addition to the high data rate and low latency, this also includes the possibility of positioning via 5G.
Which processes in the port can be optimised?
At the beginning of the project, TITUS first analysed and visualised the processes on the port premises. The search for trailers on the ferry port grounds proved to be a particular challenge: The trailers are currently still searched for manually by the port employees, which leads to significantly longer search times. Within the scope of the project, the trailer search is to be optimised through the use of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). This vehicle is equipped with four cameras and a lidar sensor according to its mission.
The UGV is controlled by a control station that allows a user to create and monitor missions. The main task of the UGV is to scan the rows of blocks on the port area at regular intervals or on-demand, find and locate the trailers in the process, and then forward this information to the control centre via 5G. There, all the data is collected and evaluated with the help of an AI in order to create a map on which the exact parking positions of the respective trailers are displayed.
The control station is the brain of the entire system, while the UGV is primarily to be seen as the executing instance. This interaction between the two components creates a constant data transfer that is intended to test and validate the performance features of 5G in a special way.
Experience with the application of 5G
The BalticFuturePort project intends to help gather valuable experience on the use of 5G and the development of I2X applications. The findings from the project thus represent an important basis for further research and development activities of TITUS.