Cisco video shows ‘smart city’ vision for Hamburg

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities October 8, 2014 11:20

Cisco video shows ‘smart city’ vision for Hamburg

Cisco has produced a promotional video outlining a concept for Hamburg to be a smart, interconnected city, with Hamburg Port at the centre.

By connecting the traffic flows of the city digitally through an interconnected network – readable through smartphones and computers – Cisco envisions Hamburg as a ‘smart city’ practicing ‘smart traffic management’ around a ‘smart port’.

CEO of Hamburg Port Authority Jens Meier explains: “We connect moving bridges with traffic management to increase the traffic flow at the port. When a ship is coming, the bridge will open and you can reroute the [automobile] traffic to another road.”

The project aims not just to facilitate the port infrastructure with the capability to handle to the projected 15-17 million containers a year by 2025, but also desires to improve the quality of life for the Hamburg residents.

“Hamburg is very keen with the smart city concept to improve the quality of life for the citizens, but it also wants to create an environment where they can stimulate innovation, generate economic value and competitive advantage,” states Michael Ganser, senior vice-president, Central Europe, Cisco Systems.

Story: Port Technology.org

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities October 8, 2014 11:20