Zinkworks, a leader in telecommunication and financial services, unveils a new private 5G Network Applications project for the Port of Antwerp, through VITAL-5G. The project is a collaboration between Zinkworks, Telenet, IMEC and other partners, providing an open, virtualized and flexible experimentation facility to test and validate their latest network applications and software in a live environment.

At the Port of Antwerp, Zinkworks will demonstrate its AI prediction capability across a range of use cases. This includes supporting in Assisted Vessel Transport use case, which leverages 5G to assist vessels in the challenging environment of a port area. The solution addresses the lack of safety in the port, long waiting times, and excessive gas consumption. By enabling remote vessel monitoring in real-time, the solution increases situational awareness and optimizes assisted vessel navigation through defining optimal routes and speed.

Nina Slamnik-Krijestorac, Ph.D., Senior researcher, IMEC/VITAL-5G, “The collaboration between the European project H2020 VITAL-5G and Zinkworks is expected to deliver new innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of port operations. This project will help showcase the potential of 5G and edge computing for transforming the transport and logistics sector.”

Zinkworks have remodelled its rApp’s to Network Applications for this project. They will initially be testing their cutting-edge AI solution for predictive modeling, which seamlessly integrates patented machine learning algorithms with intuitive APIs to deliver exceptional performance. Deployed on the RIC or integrated directly via platform REST APIs, Zinkworks’ automated prediction models help lower costs, increase efficiency on your network, and support your sustainability goals by reducing resources and energy wastage.

Paul Madden, CEO of Zinkworks, “Zinkworks innovative Network Applications will help bring new automation technology to ports. The VITAL-5G project is an important milestone for the development of private 5G, and Zinkworks is excited to be a part of this initiative. We look forward to working closely with VITAL-5G, Telenet, and IMEC to see the results of our AI automation.”

For more information about Zinkworks, visit www.zinkworks.com or information about Vital5g, visit www.vital5g.eu.


About Zinkworks
Zinkworks provides turnkey development services, headquartered in Athlone, Ireland. They utilise the latest innovative technologies to bring industry-leading expertise to their clients, primarily in the Telecommunications and Financial services sectors.​ Zinkworks are adept at developing custom innovations that streamline their clients’ workflows and improve operational efficiency. With a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, they have earned a reputation as a trusted partner for businesses seeking transformative software services.

About VITAL-5G
The strategic objective of the VITAL-5G project is to create an open, virtualized and flexible experimentation facility comprised of an intelligent virtual platform, three distributed European 5G-testbeds and associated vertical infrastructure, to enable the testing and validation of Transport & Logistics (T&L) Network Applications in real-life conditions, utilizing 5G connectivity. Also, VITAL-5G provides customized and virtualized access to network and T&L infrastructure resources, enabling dynamic tailor-made service provisioning to external experimenters (i.e., 3rd parties) to validate their applications over resources otherwise unavailable to them, thus boosting confidence prior to actual service deployment.

About Telenet and IMEC as VITAL-5G consortium partners
Telenet Group is a provider of telecommunication and entertainment services in Belgium. Under the brand name Telenet, the company focuses on offering digital television, high-speed Internet and fixed and mobile telephony services to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels. Under the brand name BASE, the company supplies mobile telephony in Belgium.

IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and digital technology, which is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has distributed R&D groups at several Belgian universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. IMEC’s uniqueness relies on the combination of a widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and a profound software and ICT expertise. IMEC leverages its world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries to create innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.