Ericsson, Gradiant, Orange run 5G drone surveillance pilot program in a Spanish port

Swedish telecom Ericsson, French cybersecurity firm Orange, and Spanish technology company Gradiant took part in the demonstration of a surveillance system that secured the Port of Vigo in Spain using drones connected to a 5G network.

The details of the pilot program were revealed in a blog post by Gradiant, also based in Vigo, Spain. The three companies collaborated on a showing of a surveillance system on a 5G network that deploys drones equipped with high-resolution cameras and intelligent video analysis techniques powered by artificial intelligence to detect unauthorized individuals and sound an alarm in real time.

Gradient says the 5G network improves and extends the coverage of communication due to minimal latency and reliability of data transmission between drones and the ground control center while also improving image transmission. The addition of a Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) server located close to the network is also said to lower latency in image processing compared to a cloud solution.

The pilot program is part of Spain’s 5G National Plan, a program to develop 5G technology projects that is organized by the Spanish government-backed, an organization that promotes the growth of the digital economy in the Iberian country. It is also co-financed with the European Regional Development Fund.

The Port of Antwerp also adopted drones connected with 5G to detect debris and pollution to make a safer and cleaner experience. Other recent developments with 5G and ports include a smart port solution made by Awake.AI, and a joint collaboration with Ericsson and BT on Belfast Harbour.

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