What do the city of Hamburg in the north of Germany and the city of Recife, on the northeast coast of Brazil have in common? They’re both big logistical hubs shipping millions of tons of cargo every year with thousands of trucks picking up and delivering goods every day. A logistical nightmare? Far from it. These are smart cities that are pioneering state of the art technology to manage current challenges and more importantly, to plan and build better cities for the future. These cities are thriving examples of the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication that’s at the core of the Internet of Things (IOT).
Recently SAP helped sponsor the Smart City Business Event in Recife. Top governmental officials, entrepreneurs, urban planners, architects, investors and influencers got together to plan how to meet the future needs of the population including basics like food, water, energy and education. While various stakeholders may have different visions and priorities, they all agree that technology will be their greatest ally when it comes to improvements in security, mobility, energy consumption, construction, consumer demand, sustainable use of resources, healthcare and education. Only the best technology will help cities manage the millions of devices, the billions of applications and documents, and the trillions of things that together make up the Internet of Things.
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Deutsche Telekom and SAP jointly created a logistics IT solution designed to connect port-based companies, partners and customers more closely. The “Smart Port Logistics” pilot project has resulted in a comprehensive IT platform that incorporates mobile apps and makes it possible for traffic information and port-related services to be accessed from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Using state-of-the-art IT processes at the port of Hamburg at a very early stage will help the city and port authorities manage logistics efficiently saving time and money for everyone.
So the IOT is everywhere where people are using mobile and cloud technology to manage their data volumes and connect the different devices, machines, and appliances needed to run their business better than ever!
To learn more about the IOT, read Sanjay’s blogs or view the video:
Mobility meets big data in the cloud: Triple Word Score!
Making IOT a Reality with Mobile Management
Sanjay Poonen: on IOT