Uli Baldauf

Head of Research & Development
Hamburg Port Authority

The smartPORT initiative started at the Hamburg Port Authority in 2013. Already in its beginning, Uli has played an important role in being responsible for the IT architecture and sharpening the vision of the port of the future. He is always looking for new use cases and new technologies which will lead HPA into the future.

As a graduated computer scientist he started back in the 90s as an IT consultant and came via the field of transport logistics to the Hamburg Port Authority in 2009. Since that he is reporting to members of the board and the CDO.


Increasing Efficiency & Maintenance with Smart Infrastructure
29th March 2021, 3:00PM – 4:00PM BST
Many ports are realising the benefits of utilising smart infrastructure. In this session you will hear how smart infrastructure may be used to reduce wait times, determine optimal times for ships to dock, load and unload, and enable more ships to enter the port, to name a few.

• Explore how sensors and other technologies are being used to measure equipment usage in operations at ports.
• Hear how the Hamburg Port Authority is using autonomous drones to inspect infrastructure in the port whilst being connected to the digital port twin.