The logistics of tomorrow can already be seen at work today at the Port of Hamburg, where networking is used to optimize the utilization of limited space, and get trucks exactly where they need to be for loading without any hold-ups.
The Port of Hamburg, which calls itself the "Gateway to the World," lies far ahead of agricultural production facilities in the value chain. The port wants to triple its container capacity from the current 9.1 million units per year. But geography prevents expansion of the 7200-hectare premises. To ensure that total gridlock doesn't kill the growth plans, the Hamburg Port Authority is testing Smart Port Logistics, a cloud-based control system. It will efficiently route up to 40,000 trucks to their terminals daily and optimize the flow of goods.
An antidote to gridlock
The control system is responsible for identifying traffic volumes, linking this information with other data (such as the availability of parking spaces) and sending it to the relevant people in optimized form as quickly as possible – to achieve a greater truck throughput than before.
To do so, the system processes the latest traffic reports, as well as information from induction loops installed in the harbor bridges. It also uses information from position transmitters, which are already installed in new trucks and will be a standard for all trucks in future.