Port of Hamburg Sets Course for IoT with Air Quality Measurement

By Ken Briodagh December 07, 2016

Kii, an Internet of Things (IoT) Solution Enablement Platform provider, has announced a new collaboration with The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) in a smart port project, part of the IoT pilot project in March 2016, designed to record the emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust at various locations in the port of Hamburg using sensors.

The technical management of the project was carried out by Kii in partnership with AQMesh, a manufacturer of air quality measuring devices. Emission values were collected over the Kii IoT platform and prepared for analysis during a three month period. The HPA was able to analyze the air quality at different locations in the port and, above all, test the functionality of different environmental sensors.

“The IoT pilot project has been very successful for us,” said Ulrich Baldauf, Head of IT Strategy, HPA. “We have been able to measure numerous parameters of air pollution live, e.g. 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. The Kii platform enabled us to collect the various data sources in a uniform manner and to prepare them for analysis.”

Reducing emissions in the port of Hamburg is a new solution being developed and tested, with the dual goal of not only measuring pollution but also identifying the sources of air pollution. The project leveraged wireless, battery-powered outdoor sensors for the measurement of air quality from AQMesh.

Within the framework of the pilot project, sensors were placed at three different points of the harbor. The sensors detect nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter emissions and also provide data on temperature, air pressure or humidity, which are incorporated in later analyses by the HPA.

“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,” said Martin Tantow, General Manager, EMEA, 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.”

Edited by Alicia Young
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