The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019 has acknowledged Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) smart airport initiatives.
HKIA’s IoT-Augmented Airfield Service System (AS2) received both the Grand and Gold awards in the Smart Mobility category while its Baggage Handling Performance Monitoring System and HKIA Digital Twin project won the Silver Award and Certificate of Merit in the Smart Business category, respectively.
“HKIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, and it is very important for us to meet the airport’s growing air traffic demand with higher efficiency,” said Steven Yiu, Deputy Director, Service Delivery of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), in a media statement.
“By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, we are able to identify potential problems and solve them before happening. In addition, big data analysis allows us to better utilise various resources to enhance the airport’s operational efficiency,” he added.
AS2, a cloud-based, service-oriented system jointly developed by the AA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and ubiZense Ltd., gathers data from various sources at HKIA and consolidates it into meaningful forecasts through artificial intelligence (AI).
Ground handlers are then alerted to potential delays, which enables them to better deploy manpower and resources, the HKIA said.
Meanwhile, the Baggage Handling Performance Monitoring System analyzes baggage, vehicles, conveyer systems, and baggage handling facilities using video analytics methodology.
According to HKIA, it systematically turns video footage into a set of quantitative performance metrics, which is useful for process control and safety assurance.
The HKIA Digital Twin collects real-time data fed from Internet of things (IoT) devices deployed throughout the airport and transforms it into easy-to-read formats.
“With the use of predictive analytics, it can also provide alerts to the airport community, enabling better deployment of resources and resulting in cost saving and enhanced service,” HKIA said.
In December 2018, HKIA has showcased many of its innovations at the Smart Airport Technovation Conference and Exhibition held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Established in 2006, The Hong Kong ICT Awards were recognizes outstanding information and communications technology inventions and applications.