HHLA Sky and HPA look to drones in new partnership


Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) Sky, and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have founded a comprehensive technology partnership.

This new partnership will see both parties working on the use of automated drones at the Port of Hamburg. This emerging technology will assist in finding many solutions for logistical, sensory, or coordinative processes.

“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 developed a control centre for the operation and monitoring of drones, recently introduced on the global market. This centre connects the various HPA applications within the scope of the technology partnership to streamline processes that were previously labour-intensive so that devices can be operated more efficiently.

Lars Neumann, Director of Logistics at HHLA, added “HHLA Sky typifies the targeted growth and innovation strategy of HHLA. Based on our strong position, we are drivers of sustainable innovations for logistics of the future.”

Matthias Gronstedt, Managing Director of HHLA Sky, also commented “Our solution will display and control all associated processes in a safe and understandable manner. Furthermore, the HPA is able to collect very different kinds of data using mobile teleoperated sensors. Analysing it helps us use resources optimally.”

HHLA Sky has recently been devoted to developing new innovative drone solutions, also partnering with Germany-based tech company Arial Robotics.

As part of this partnership, both companies aim to integrate technologies based on innovative European engineering and professional aviation standards and procedures.

HHLA Sky’s drone control centre is an IoT platform, securely connecting and controlling unmanned systems, while Airial Robotics’ Gyrotrak technology offers flight time, speed, and payload-improving hardware solutions for unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs).

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