Port of Hamburg to introduce automated drones

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has agreed a new partnership to explore the use of automated drones within the Port of Hamburg, working with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik subsidiary HHLA Sky.

“In the event of storm surges, accidents or other unforeseeable disruptions, flying, floating or self-driving robots can be on-site 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,” said Jens Meier, Chairman of the Executive Board of the HPA.

“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 a developed a control centre for the operation and monitoring of drones, which connects with a range of HPA applications specified within the scope of the technology partnership.

The next phase of the project will see a new ‘drones as a service’ product launched in the near future, with pilot operations expected to begin this year.

“Our solution will display and control all associated processes in a safe and understandable manner,” said Matthias Gronstedt, Managing Director of HHLA Sky.

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

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