In May, an innovative 5G project is trialling game-changing wireless connectivity for improved logistics efficiency, new services and traffic management.
The 5G Logistics testbed at the Avonmouth Bristol Port dock and the adjacent St Andrew’s Road, is the result of a 12-strong partnership led by the West of England Combined Authority and including The Bristol Port Company, Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab.

Three use cases will be put to the test:

  • Security and traceability through real-time tracking of goods and their condition
  • Autonomous drone port surveillance and emergency response
  • Improvements to road traffic management through 5G smart junctions

While the 5G smart junction technology is in its infancy, it could provide the building blocks to systems that will better respond to HGV traffic, which behaves differently to smaller vehicles – helping to ease congestion in areas like Avonmouth.

You can watch the project video here.

This project is part of a government funded programme exploring how 5G’s high levels of reliability, speed and capacity could deliver new opportunities and improvements to all sectors and service provision. Private networks are a big part of this – with 5G making it possible to run multiple services securely on one shared network.

With providers other than large telecoms operators now delivering these tailored networks to a business or district’s needs, UK businesses are being encouraged to think about what 5G could do for their competitiveness and the skills they will need to take full advantage of the opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about the 5G Logistics project or how 5G is being used in your sector, please contact indicating:

  • Your specific area(s) of interest
  • If you would like to attend a related event/webinar (responses by COB 11 May)
  • If you would like to receive the project’s final report