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Port Of Hamburg Looks To Drones To Improve Efficiency

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and HHLA Sky, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, have announced plans to unveil a number of automated drones within the Port of Hamburg, to assist with logistical and coordinative processes.

The two companies believe that the use of drones and self-driving robots will enable greater visibility in the event of storm surges, accidents or other unforeseeable disruptions, providing an 'exact overview' of a particular situation through high-resolution images and videos.

Maintenance And Expansion

"The time saved can be decisive in an emergency," commented Jens Meier, chairman of the HPA executive board. "Furthermore, they make the maintenance and expansion of the port infrastructure significantly more efficient – for example, in the case of facilities that are difficult, time-consuming or dangerous to reach.”

HHLA Sky has developed a control centre for the operation and monitoring of drones, which it said will enable the streamlining of processes that were previously labour intensive.

“HHLA Sky typifies the targeted growth and innovation strategy of HHLA," commented Lars Neumann, director of logistics at HHLA. "Based on our strong position, we are drivers of sustainable innovations for the logistics of the future.”

Safe And Understandable

Elsewhere, Matthias Gronstedt, managing director of HHLA Sky, added that the group's solution will display and control all associated processes in a safe and understandable manner.

“Furthermore, the HPA is able to collect very different kinds of data using mobile teleoperated sensors. Analysing it helps us use resources optimally," he added.

Read More: Port Of Rotterdam Expects Container Traffic To Remain High In 2022

© 2022 European Supermarket Magazine. Article by Stephen Wynne-Jones. For more Retail news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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