[Case study] Hamburg: smartPORT

Located in the north of Germany, Hamburg is pursuing a series of smart initiatives. The most notable are outlined below.

smartPORT: Hamburg port is the primary economic driver in the city. In 2012, the Hamburg Port Authority initiated the smartPORT project in collaboration with the Department of Urban Development (BSU) and the Department for Economics (BWVI). smartPORT has two objectives. The first is to improve the logistical efficiency of the port. Amongst its many initiatives, one is to establish an intermodal port traffic centre that collects, processes and then distributes traffic information to port users, enabling them to select the fastest mode of transport to transport goods to their final destination.

Dr. Sebastian Saxe, Head of Services at Hamburg Port Authority discusses the development plan for smartPORT Hamburg over the next 10 years in the video below:

The second objective is to make the port’s power consumption more sustainable by building local renewable energy generation and making energy-consuming infrastructure more energy efficient. Wind, solar and biomass generation options are being explored. Dr Sebastian Saxe discusses the port’s energy efficiency measures below: 

Cisco smart city initiatives: In April 2014, the city of Hamburg signed a memorandum of understanding with Cisco Systems to create a series of pilot projects focusing on smart traffic, smart street lighting, infrastructure sensing and remote citizen services.

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