Smart Port Logistics



Leonard Heilig and Stefan Voß, Institute of Information Systems, University of Hamburg


The march of digitalization is continuing to change logistics processes around the world. After many successful decades of digitalization and automation in contemporary ports, the next big step is to look at innovative ways for extracting more value from new and existing data sources to achieve competitive advantages.

Related business objectives may involve an improvement of the visibility and operational efficiency, utilization of resources, coordination among actors, security and safety, and resilience against disruptions.

The trend is particularly driven by powerful information technology and paradigms already available and widely discussed in the port industry, including the internet of things, cloud computing, big data, blockchain, augmented reality — you name it. Under the umbrella of digital ports or smart ports, new innovative business models, concepts, and ideas have begun to be implemented…

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