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What do you feel, how far have you progressed in recent years in digitalization generally?
Thanks to the commitment of all those involved, we have come a long way. Modernization of the Port Railway – partly through digitalization – has helped make this link between cargo handling ter- minals for containerships and the European rail network one of the main factors making the Port of Hamburg competitive. Yet the new building for the Nautical Centre, with the digitalization of maps this involved, or the deployment of drones in main- taining our facilities, are just a few of the main ex- amples of how we have modernized the port step by step. Installation of sensors, for example on a number of streets in the Veddel district, is still playing its part now.
tember 2022.
In combination with alternati- ve propulsion, digitalization offers a good opportunity to use infrastructure in the best possible way. We introduced the MOZART project at the ITS Congress. MOZART – Mobility, Optimization, Digi- tal Twin, Analyses, Real Time, Traffic – aims to back up the adaptively regulated light sig- nal equipment with an over-
“Improved traffic flow reduces the
need for vehicles to brake and accelerate, which leads to a reduction in pollutant emissions.”
Naturally we must stay on the ball. It’s therefore im- portant that we should not want to implement eve- rything ourselves, but instead see the port as a test- bed for innovative projects, and remain open for ideas.
Let’s divide progress between the different me- ans of transport and start with roads.
We are currently seeing a major transition on vehic- les. E-vehicles are no longer by any means rare on the roads. The first three battery-electric Nikola Tre trucks in Europe have been undergoing tests in the Port of Hamburg since Sep-
arching, continuous real-time
selection of programmes. Improved traffic flow re- duces the need for vehicles to brake and accelerate, which leads to a reduction in pollutant emissions. Greater ease of planning tours for companies is another positive aspect. Time is a most important factor there. If traffic is to be appropriately cont- rolled, many calculations are essential within se- conds, if not even milli-seconds. In the MOZART project, a digital annealer unit was tested during the first two stages.
The two developments quite obviously need to be considered in the port from the sustainability angle. With innovative propulsion systems and modern traffic control, we are making a considerable advan- ce on decarbonization. Yet we are also reducing CO2 emissions and slowing the increase in noise in the port.
HPA only just recently installed sensors in a novel
asphalt surface. Which digital processes will the-
se be backing up?
In the course of road renewal on the Veddel, 66 accele-
ration and temperature sensors were installed. These
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