smartPORT by T-Systems: The port of Hamburg reacts to the current traffic and infrastructure situation in real-time.

Telematics from the cloud

Hamburg plays a key role in global shipping operations. Multiple routes pass through the north German port, connecting it to 179 countries around the world. The second largest commercial harbor in Europe handles almost 140 million metric tons of goods each year. An increase in global marine traffic is expected to more than double annual container throughput in Hamburg by 2030, pushing it up to 18 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
The docks’ 72-square-kilometer site offers limited scope for expansion, which means the Hamburg Port authorities (HPA) needed an alternative way to meet rising demands. Enter smartPort Logistics. This offering streamlines management of spiraling goods flows, improves truck throughput and prevents congestion – enhancing quality and effi ciency along the entire logistics chain. The facility’s operators leverage a private cloud solution from T-Systems, based on elements from the ICT provider’s connected car portfolio, to deliver, access and integrate all relevant data in real time. As a result, all stakeholders – from port and fleet managers, to freight carriers, drivers, and gas station and rest stop operators – enjoy role-specific, up-to-the-minute visibility. Using SAP HANA, HPA enriches this information further by adding details on road and bridge closures, construction sites and orders.


Requirements_ The amount of container cargo traffic at Hamburg’s docks is rapidly increasing – up to 18 million TEUs are expected to pass through each year by 2030, double today’s traffic. But the largest port in Germany, and second largest in Europe, is limited to an area of 72 square kilometers. Physical expansion would cost time and money, and is not a feasible option. Against this background, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has introduced smartPort Logistics to efficiently manage flows of goods, improve truck throughput, eliminate congestion, and gain a bird’s eye-view of operations.
Benefits_ The solution streamlines port logistics – from the moment goods arrive, to when they reach their final destination – and benefits all process participants. Some 40,000 trucks are loaded and unloaded at Hamburg’s docks each day. A central portal and mobile applications support seamless communications, enabling port managers, terminal staff, freight carriers and parking slot coordinators to exchange information with each other and with drivers and vehicles. Rapid insight into the current traffic situation and entire port infrastructure enables faster responses, ultimately saving time and money. In addition, less congestion around the port benefits drivers and the environment.
18 m TEUs* are set to pass through the port of Hamburg annually by 2030.
*Twenty-foot equivalent unit


Requirements_ The Port of Hamburg has been gradually streamlining its logistics processes since 2011 – providing central, on-demand insight into traffic and goods flows to all stakeholders. It leverages a public cloud solution to deliver real-time information to fleet managers, parking slot coordinators and road traffic and port operators, enabling them to respond more flexibly to changing requirements. Now, HPA wishes to integrate additional, value-added services into the system, including order management functionality, information on parking slots and vessel docking times, plus visibility into road and bridge closures and other vital resources.
Solution_ By integrating additional data sources, smartPort Logistics will soon be able to deliver real-time recommendations for dispatchers and drivers (based on predictive analytics) and automatically plan routes for individual vehicles. Intelligent apps such as Eco Drive will help truckers conserve resources by adopting an environmentally friendly driving style. smartPort Logistics is delivered as a service from the cloud. The platform comprises SAP software (SAP Connected Logistics), based on an in-memory database (SAP HANA), vehicle-specific real-time services, elements from T-Systems’ Connected Car portfolio, and an app for mobile devices. It can access traffic and infrastructure data from third parties, including break-down recovery services, such as the German ADAC.
IN SHORT: smartPort Logistics delivers facts and fi gures that support faster decision making and rapid responses to dynamic changes in traffic and port infrastructure, saving time and money. What’s more, the solution accelerates traffic and goods flows and eliminates congestion – benefiting both drivers and the environment.

T-Systems International GmbH

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)
Container throughput in 2013: 9.3 million TEUs
Annual goods throughput: 139 million metric tons
Traffic: 40,000 trucks each day