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Hamburg embarks on smart port project

Pilot project demonstrates the potential for real-time emission measurement for the port of Hamburg

The goal of the IoT pilot is to record sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust emissions
The goal of the IoT pilot is to record sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust emissions

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has successfully undertaken an Internet of Things (IoT) air quality measurement project.


The goal of the IoT ‘smart port’ pilot was to record sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust emissions at various locations in the port using sensors. The technical management of the project was carried out by IoT expert Kii in partnership with AQMesh, a manufacturer of air quality measuring devices.


Emission values were collected centrally over Kii’s IoT platform and prepared for analysis over a period of three months. HPA was able to analyse the air quality at different locations in the port as well as test the functionality of different environmental sensors.


Within the framework of the pilot project, sensors were placed at three different points of the harbour. In addition to detecting emissions, they also provide data on temperature, air pressure or humidity, which are incorporated in later analyses by the HPA.


All recorded sensor data were sent to the Kii IoT platform via a gateway that the sensors talked to wirelessly. The Kii platform collected the data, prepared it, and made it available to HPA employees for analysis via APIs and on a web dashboard.


"The IoT pilot project has been very successful for us," said Ulrich Baldauf, head of IT strategy at HPA. "We have been able to measure numerous parameters of air pollution live [such as] the emission of particulate matter of particle size PM2.5 and PM10, or, in some cases, even nitrogen dioxides, which generally account for only 10 billionths of the total air.”


"With this IoT pilot project, not only have we shown that we can implement complex projects in a timely and affordable manner, but also that there is a potential for real-time emission measurement for the port of Hamburg,” added Martin Tantow, general manager, EMEA at Kii.


"Our IoT solution allowed us to install the sensors at critical points of the shipping and road network, to provide real-time visibility, and to prepare them for analysis. In Hamburg, Kii has demonstrated how effectively ports and cities can monitor air pollution through IoT."


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