Katharina Berthold

La Paz – Cable cars preventing traffic gridlock

La Paz completes the world's largest cable car network

La Paz – Cable cars preventing traffic gridlock

It does not always have to be autonomous taxis. When it comes to protecting mega-cities from traffic collapse, cable cars can transport people at high altitude in a very efficient, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly way. Moreover, cable cars are cheap compared to subway systems. In early March 2019, Line 10 of the cable car system in La Paz in Bolivia was taken into operation, thus …

The ship from the jungle: CEIBA – the emission-free cargo sailing ship

The ship from the jungle: CEIBA – the emission-free cargo sailing ship

The network Sailcargo, originally registered in Canada, is building a three-masted cargo sailing ship in the jungles of Costa Rica. That sounds as eccentric as Fitzcarraldo's plan to pull a ship through the jungle. And yet it is not a Werner Herzog movie, but a real Kickstarter project. A CO2-negative cargo ship is to emerge. For this project, tropical timber seems a better material than steel. Costa …

Underwater swarming: Autonomous underwater robots

Underwater swarming: Autonomous underwater robots

"... We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine…” When looking at one of the robots of the MONSUN fleet, one cannot help but think of this all-new Beatles classic. Even though it does not quite fit, because the submarine in question is only 60 centimeters long and is an unmanned underwater robot. Yet it is quit yellow! And it offers interesting applications for everything …

What makes a Smart City? The digital city of Darmstadt.

What makes a Smart City? The digital city of Darmstadt.

'Smart City' is today’s buzzword and trend in urban development. How do Europeans see their cities of the future? What does a smart city in Europe have to do from a business perspective? How should the digitization of European cities go on? Juniper and YouGov interviewed 12,000 people in six European countries. First they asked what the participants understand and what they expect from a smart city. …

IESE Smart Cities 2018: Europe does not look too bad!

IESE Smart Cities 2018: Europe does not look too bad!

Smart cities offer their inhabitants a comprehensive ecosystem of digitized processes, services and knowledge. This includes smart traffic management as well as broad coverage through public Internet or a city administration, which makes many applications and administrative matters digitally accessible to its citizens. However, what constitutes a smart city is something that no one can …

Learning by gaming: Serious gaming and virtual reality at DB Schenker

Learning by gaming: Serious gaming and virtual reality at DB Schenker

Christina Kunze, Senior Project Manager - Digital Engineering, and Gerald Müller, DB Schenker's Vice President Process and Efficiency, developed, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, a special training course. It is digital game, that will complement DB Schenker’s employee training and, at the same time, bring more fun and success to the learning of packing …

Automated Valet Parking – In the parking garage, the car itself seeks a parking space

Automated Valet Parking – In the parking garage, the car itself seeks a parking space

The prospect sounds tempting: no more cruising in parking garages to find suitable spots, no more distressing maneuvering, no more squeezing in and out of the door. Automated Valet Parking promises just that. It's great if the parking garage takes care of the everyday logistics of parking. Already in 2017, this technology was presented in the underground car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in …

Inauguration of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Stretching far beyond the horizon

Inauguration of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Stretching far beyond the horizon

On October 23, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was officially opened. How does it change the region and what impact does it have on transport, logistics and the economic development? With a total of 36 kilometers of bridge system, several artificial islands and a 7-kilometer-long marine tunnel, the  Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge has everything a superlative building needs. It is definitely a …

Current Infrastructure Projects: London Crossrail – Digging tunnels across London

Current Infrastructure Projects: London Crossrail – Digging tunnels across London

One of Europe's largest railway infrastructure projects is almost completed. The London Crossrail, better known as Elizabeth Line – that will be the name of the route after the opening - crosses the entire city center of London from east to west with a distance of 21.6 kilometers. But that's just the underground part. Above ground it goes west out of the city to Reading in Berkshire. In addition, there …

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