The Port of Hamburg has long since become an experimental laboratory for the city. Coupled with Hamburg’s economic clout and an innovative start-up scene, the city is well positioned for the future and agenda setting in 2018.
Tests of 5G underway in port
Efforts towards greater efficiency will receive yet another boost from the new 5G mobile radio standard when tests get underway in January as part of the “Network of the Future”. 5G is the proposed, next telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT and will be standard in 2020. Tests are being conducted in Germany and Italy at present. Venice received the nod to test 5G in tourism while industrial possibilities are being tested in the Port of Hamburg. The EU has set aside EUR 7.7 million in funds. The introduction of the new standard will vastly improve digital infrastructure, as 5G is ten times faster than the predecessor generation. Such swift data transfer rates form the basis for the Internet of Things and key technologies such as autonomous driving.
5G brings entirely new features and above all network slicing which allows an operator to provide dedicated virtual networks with functionality specific to a service or customer over a common network infrastructure. This net-in-net technology is comparable to landline networks and offers an opportunity to achieve greater security, swifter and forward-looking applications. Managing traffic lights including ship-linked environmental sensors that register real-time data from the port or radio connections to other infrastructure is just one example. Tests of 5G will give Hamburg a two-year technology lead. Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) said: “We are gaining valuable experience and when the standard becomes reality in 2020, we know what, when and where it can be used. That is priceless – both for the Port of Hamburg and the City of Hamburg,”
Hamburg Invest – new, one-stop agency for start-ups
On January 1, 2018, Hamburg Invest (formerly HWF Hamburgische Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung mbH) became a one-stop agency for knowledge and technology-based start-ups in Hamburg. As Germany’s capital of start-ups and by concentrating services for start-ups at Hamburg Invest, international visibility and marketing the start-up ecosystem are likely to receive a considerable boost.
3D printing and Industry 4.0 now in “Industrial Master Plan”
In December, partners to the “Industrial Master Plan” added Industry 4.0 and 3D printing to create ideal framework conditions for companies in Hamburg and their employees. The inclusion will also secure industrial competitiveness in Hamburg. Launched in 2007, the Industrial Master Plan originally included seven fields of activity and strategies. Industry 4.0 refers to widespread digitalisation, which holds many challenges for SMEs in particular. Opportunities offered by 3D printing are being seized at ZAL and Airbus in particular.
Bucerius Lab Symposium on digitalisation of work
The second Bucerius Lab series of lectures on April 13 and April 14, 2018 in the Museum of Work will focus on big data, artificial intelligence, digital platforms and self-learning robots and the impact of technological progress on work.
The first Bucerius Lab Symposium in April 2016 under the theme “Creative revolution or what we must learn from Silicon Valley to reach the knowledge society” attracted over 1,000 visitors and experts to Hamburg’s Kulturfabrik Kampnagel. The lectures focus on digital transformation.