The Airport Authority of Hong Kong has tapped Solace, an enabler of real-time event-driven data streaming, to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The adoption of Solace's event broker technology is envisioned to enable critical real-time data flow between the airport's connected devices and vehicles, preparing HKIA for the full integration of its physical and digital operations.
With Solace's technology, HKIA will optimise data from IoT devices to support initiatives such as real-time equipment location tracking, and predictive maintenance on assets and buildings for different airport business units. By enabling the collection, filtration, and flow of real-time information between IoT devices and back-end systems, Solace will help HKIA manage assets more effectively, improving airport operation efficiency and enhancing passenger services.
Andy Bien, chief information officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said: "A secure, scalable messaging backbone will play a critical role in revolutionising our operations and the overall passenger services, reinforcing our commitment to provide a pleasant and unique airport experience to our passengers as a world-class airport."
As an international and regional aviation hub, HKIA connects 220 destinations around the world, including 50 mainland cities. In 2019, HKIA handled 71.5 million passengers.
According to David Fung, co-founder of E Tag Solution and Services, the systems integrator overseeing the implementation of HKIA's IoT platform, the ease of deployment that makes Solace’s technology fast to deploy makes it “an ideal solution to fulfil the HKIA’s real-time IoT data movement needs”.
"Transforming legacy software into individual microservices is a mammoth task that is extremely resource-intensive," Fung said.
E Tag is the professional partner for customers looking for an enriched digital experience. Established in 2014, E Tag has particular strengths in providing a Solace-enabled event-driven architecture. Their services range from software development to design of business processes decoupling. They are currently focusing on Internet Of Things (IoT) solutions, Solace PubSub+ Event Broker deployment, and BIM data integration services.
Sumeet Puri, chief technology solutions officer at Solace, expressed enthusiastic support of HKIA's real-time digital transformation goals “at a time when customers are increasingly demanding real-time responsiveness and hyper-personalised services”.
“Connected devices can expand the possibilities for new experiences and business models, but only if complemented with an event-driven approach that ensures low-latency and high-volume IoT message brokering,” he said.