Full steam ahead for the port of the future

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  • "smartPORT logistics" enters regular operations at Port of Hamburg
  • More efficient flows of goods thanks to shorter waiting times and fewer backlogs

The Port of Hamburg is setting off with the logistics system of the future. T-Systems and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have signed a contract that will launch regular operations with this globally unique logistics system. "smartPORT logistics" enables the Port of Hamburg to coordinate truck and container movements more efficiently. This reduces logjams and waiting times in the port area and increases cargo turnover. The HPA plans to connect as many trucks as possible that travel through the Port of Hamburg daily with the app-based telematics solution.

The foundation of this project is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement between T-Systems and SAP for "connected logistics". Connected logistics is a logistics solution that addresses the needs of logistics centers for seaports, airports, parcel distribution centers and manufacturing sites. "Today, the logistics industry often faces the challenge of having to optimize flows of goods in a limited area. With smartPORT logistics, we make it possible for the HPA, for example, to manage their flows of goods in real time and to therefore use their limited space efficiently," says Horst Leonberger, head of Deutsche Telekom's Connected Car unit.

One additional load per day
In Hamburg, the "smartPORT logistics" system brings all the relevant traffic and infrastructure data of the 72-square-kilometer port facility together in real time: the locations of trucks and containers, terminal and warehouse information, construction sites, bridge opening times, and available parking spaces. It gives port managers, freight forwarders and parking lot operators a comprehensive picture of the situation at all times, enabling them to react to traffic congestion quickly. "The smartPORT logistics solution supports the Hamburg Port Authority in coordinating traffic flows more predictably," says Nils Herzberg, SVP, Global Co-Lead, Internet of Things GTM at SAP. "The solution helps us anticipate surprises. Since it works with real-time data, its recommended actions are based on facts, not conjecture."

All real-time data in one application
smartPORT logistics is a private cloud application based on the T-Systems Connected Car platform and the SAP Connected Logistics-Software by SAP. The application unifies freight data with telematics system information from a variety of providers, as well as the traffic and infrastructure data from the HPA. Deutsche Telekom also provides an Android app, which serves as the telematics unit in the trucks. The SAP Connected Logistics software then merges all the real-time data and provides it to users in an online portal.

More freight, same space
"Our goal is to achieve a truly smartPORT. This includes ensuring the best possible supply of information for everyone involved in port operations," says Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board of HPA. "With smartPORT logistics, we have begun connecting everyone involved in the supply chain, enabling them to coordinate their processes with one another in real time. If everyone participates, we are on the right path." The Port of Hamburg is Europe's second-largest port. In the past year, the port handled nearly ten million containers. This figure is expected to double by the end of 2025. Due to its location in the heart of the city, however, there are geographic limitations to its ability to expand.

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Hamburg Port Authority
Since 2005 the Hamburg Port Authority has been providing future-oriented port management services offering one face to the customer. As an institution under public law, the HPA is in charge of paving the way for the efficient, resource-friendly and sustainable implementation of infrastructure projects in the port. The HPA is the contact point for all kinds of questions concerning the waterside and the landside infrastructure, the navigational safety of vessel traffic, port railway facilities, port property management and the economic conditions within the port area. The HPA ensures the provision of land as required, carries out all statutory duties placed on it and provides port industry services.