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Case Study: Hamburg Port Authority

Creating a more intelligent harbor

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) uses the Internet of Everything (IoE) to connect traffic, parking, and lighting. HPA also relies on IoE capabilities to improve management of waterways, roads, and rail.



  • Develop a strategy to maintain, modernize, and constantly improve HPA's infrastructure
  • Anticipate and keep pace with growth in the number of containers coming into the city through its port
  • Enhance the quality of life for citizens in the vicinity of the Port of Hamburg


  • Develop a more intelligent harbor operation through implementation of an IoE model
  • Build a fiber-optic backbone by consolidating networks
  • Create extensive systems for waterway, train, and road traffic management


  • Sensors help the HPA make smarter decisions: people receive data at the right time so they can invoke the proper processes when needed.
  • With an Integrated traffic management system (waterways, roads, rail), the port can manage bridge closures and the roadway congestion that tends to increase when ships are offloading.
  • Technology continues to improve the city’s growth and quality of life.

What they’re saying

We are striving for a smartPORT Hamburg so the whole ecosystem and operation is more intelligent.

Dr. Sebastian Saxe, Chief Information Officer, Hamburg Port Authority

Who is Hamburg Port Authority?

Industry: Government
Location: Hamburg, Germany

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