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Hamburg Port Authority partners with HHLA Sky to make automated drones at Hamburg Port possible

Hamburg Port Authority partners with HHLA Sky to make automated drones at Hamburg Port possible
The technology will assist in finding many solutions for various processes

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) subsidiary HHLA Sky and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have agreed to a comprehensive technology partnership to make it possible to use automated drones within the Port of Hamburg.

The technology will assist in finding many promising solutions for logistical, sensory or coordinative processes.

Jens Meier, chairman of the executive board of the HPA, said: “In the event of storm surges, accidents or other unforeseeable disruptions, flying, floating or self-driving robots can be on-side considerably faster and provide high-resolution videos and pictures for an exact overview of the situation.

“The time saved can be decisive in an emergency. 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 technologically leading control centre for the operation and monitoring of drones and has introduced it on the global market.

It connects the various HPA applications within the scope of the technology partnership to streamline processes that were previously labour-intensive so that devices can be operated more efficiently.

The next phase of product development for the HPA’s new ‘drones as a service’ product will be launched with this partnership with HHLA Sky.

Matthias Gronstedt, managing director of HHLA Sky, said: “Our 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.”