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title SHI completed its installation of a Wibro network at Geoje Shipyard
date 2011.03.24

Samsung Heavy Industries completed its installation of a Wibro network at Geoje Shipyard, and held the opening ceremony and a demonstration event on March 24, 2011.

In September 2010, Samsung Heavy Industries signed an agreement with KT to cooperate in building a Wibro network at Geoje Shipyard, and has operated a project to build a smart shipyard by installing base stations and gap fillers and developing a smart work system using Wibro technology.

This system marks Samsung Heavy Industries’ introduction of Wibro Wave 2, the next-generation technology that doubles the capacity of previous Wibro technology, to a shipyard for the first time. By expanding the coverage of the Wibro network not only to Geoje Shipyard but also to the adjacent industrial complex where its partners are located, the company has completed the world’s largest Wibro network, with an area spanning 8,220,000㎡ in a single business site.

The Wibro network allows employees of Samsung Heavy Industries to access the internal business system using their mobile devices, including smartphones and netbooks, from Geoje Shipyard and the adjacent industrial complex, enabling prompt decision-making and accelerating business processes. The company conducted pilot operation of the business systems, such as logistics systems for blocks and materials and the system to supply materials for wind power generation, and it was found that the new system significantly accelerated the business processes.

In particular, the introduction of Wibro technology to the logistics systems for blocks and materials, which had previously been operated based on the CDMA network, improved the speed of business processes by 7.6 times on average.

The logistics system for blocks is the key to the logistics system of a shipyard, and provides the location data of ship blocks in real time. The speed of downloading of the previous system was 60 seconds on average, but has now been reduced to 3 seconds, a 20-fold acceleration. Users appreciate the new technology, as it also enables seamless data transmissions in all areas.

The company has also created an environment enabling access from ships and marine structures that are being built to the business system, using the PLC technology. Online system access had previously been impossible in ships, because of the interference caused by iron plates. This meant that employees had to record business data manually, and then enter the data into the system after returning to the office. They also had to print out all designs and documents. The new technology enables access to designs and diverse documents from the construction sites, and also allows employees to manage affairs related to quality control, materials management and processing.

Over the next three months, the company plans to stabilize the Wibro network, build a mobile platform, and convert the existing system using CDMA technology into the Wibro system. It also aims to develop 111 real-time business systems using the Wibro technology, and open all of those systems by 2012.

The company expects to reduce annual costs by approximately KRW 11 billion by accelerating the business processes and improving productivity through building the smart shipyard based on Wibro technology. The company also expects to enjoy various other benefits, such as improved safety of business sites and improved customer satisfaction brought about through quality improvement.

CEO Roh In-Sik of Samsung Heavy Industries said, “We have laid the foundation for building a smart shipyard by opening the Wibro network. We will become the world’s most competitive shipyard through the convergence of IT and shipbuilding.”

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