In Europe, the Hamburg Port Authority in Germany has partnered with Cisco in a bid to integrate intelligence to improve public infrastructure and traffic management and smart lighting.
The primary objective of the partnership will be the development of Europe’s first ‘smartROAD’, to streamline road traffic, monitor incidents and the environment using real-time data analytics and the Internet of Things.
The smartROAD project will focus on four areas of smart city development – namely traffic management, structural sensors, environmental sensors and smart lighting.
Once implemented, data gathered will assist Cisco and other project partners to determine whether they should move forward in delivering additional IoT solutions in Germany.
HPA chief information officer Dr Sebastian Saxe said: “With smartROAD, HPA is piloting an integrated concept of the Internet of Everything for the first time, with various relevant use cases for port and the city, running on a real infrastructure.”
Apart from Cisco – Phillips, AGT International, T-Systems, World Sensing and Kiwi – a New Zealand-based video analytics and anonymization company, are all partners to the project.
Cisco will be responsible for providing a security framework for the infrastructure that provides visibility into safety and security. This will also allow port management to take action in real-time.
Kiwi and Cisco have also partnered to deliver software that ‘runs on the cameras and blurs people and car plates,’ reports PCRonline.
IoT delivering smart solutions
Structural and environmental sensors will provide real-time data on the condition of movable infrastructures eg. Kattwyk Lifting Bridge, allowing for improved maintenance plans.
Smart lighting will improve safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the port, as well as saves energy. The project will include ‘Follow Me Lighting’ with the specific purpose of enhancing certain roads. Better traffic management will also assist the port road manager to monitor traffic, and other authorities notified immediately when incidents occur to coordinate responses accordingly.
All sensors and systems deployed are connected by the network infrastructure and data will be processed by analytics software which will be made available to appropriate parties through an integrated dashboard.
Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco: “smartROAD is a key step into making our vision of the Internet of Everything a reality”
He added: “Cities all over the world want to become more efficient and more enjoyable for citizens.
“Here in Hamburg in particular, the port plays a key role in the city’s economy and its development – that’s why we are supporting Hamburg Port Authority to grow capacity by using their infrastructure more efficiently.”