Increasing the efficiency of port operations

TIM, Authority Port of Livorno, Italy, EU Commission, Italy


To increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability in Italian port operations.


Ericsson is deploying and piloting 5G and Augmented Reality (AR) enhanced use cases in the port of Livorno. 5G connectivity has allowed for more efficient loading and unloading operations.


With 5G communications and AR, Ericsson has increased the port’s efficiency by minimizing the transit time of goods. It has also decreased pollution and using information in real time has resulted in a safer workplace. Loading and unloading operations have sped up and, as a result, has reduced idle time for ships because of the enhanced logistics, improved productivity, competitiveness and has enabled growth for the territory.
The project has been selected as best practice by UN SDSN and presented at UN Global Goals Week 2019.

Findings and facts - 5G Port of the Future (pdf)

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Digitalizing port operations with 5G

For centuries, the Port of Livorno has been the gateway to Tuscany and its iconic cities of Florence, Pisa, and Siena. During the Renaissance, Italy became a cultural pioneer through the exportation of beautiful fashions, innovative designs and delicious food.

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“I would say that 5G will be of paramount importance in connected ports, because 5G enables fast and high bandwidth communication.”

– Dr Paolo Pagano, Director of the Innovation Service Center, CNIT and Livorno Port Authority.