Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)
Customer Snapshot: Overview
Linking to 950 other ports in 178 countries
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)
Number of Employees
Line of Business
Platform and Technology, Supply Chain
SAP Connected Logistics, SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Mobile App Framework
Customer Snapshot: History
Seaports have been an integral part of global commerce for centuries. And while much has changed since the days of the sailing ships, the importance to world trade of the Port of Hamburg and cargo centers like it has not.
Customer Snapshot: Business Model
Keeping the Cargo Moving
In short, the HPA’s job is to make sure cargo from millions of containers each year, finds the fastest route to the rest of the world.
Customer Snapshot: Success Strategy
For the year 2025, we expect an increase to 18 million containers. And the traffic keeps increasing accordingly.–Sascha Westermann, Operational IT Traffic Management, Hamburg Port Authority
HPA officials recognized networks that better connect their components can create greater efficiency and drive economic value for everyone. Nowadays, people and organizations are linked in more ways than ever before – with the Internet of Things, social media and the use of mobile and cloud technology. These links unlock a new power to those who are ready for the networked economy.
Every component in the harbor is communicating with each other – ships, trucks, people, cranes, bridges and traffic control systems.
Enter SAP: The SAP Experience
The project uses SAP Connected Logistics to gather real-time information from the HPA, transport companies, parking providers, and other businesses across the port. The TelematicOne solution from Deutsche Telekom, for example, integrates data from various vehicles. This information is then consolidated and analyzed using the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The result is actionable insight that the HPA provides to the people who need it via their mobile devices.
What fascinates me most about the project is its power of innovation and the collaboration with strong partners.–Sascha Westermann, Operational IT Traffic Management, Hamburg Port Authority
At the Port of Hamburg, interconnected components now work in concert to optimize the overall system. The benefits extend from the transport companies and truck drivers to the terminal operators and shipping lines.
The people and economy of the entire Hamburg region benefit as well. Better management of port traffic, for example, means less congestion for everyone using the surrounding roadways.
Better Business: Benefits
Better Business: Run Simple
The Voyage Forward
Over the next couple of years, the HPA intends to help make the Port of Hamburg an even “smarter” seaport. And their intelligent infrastructure will continue to be rooted in collaborative technology such as Bluetooth, cloud, mobile end devices, and the Internet of Things. All their efforts are aimed at further increasing the efficiency of an 800-year-old port that remains an important link in the global supply chain.
We have many stakeholders at the port and we want all of them to offer their IT services on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.–Sascha Westermann, Operational IT Traffic Management, Hamburg Port Authority