Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), one of the leading air cargo terminal operators in the world, is stepping up security at its SuperTerminal 1 facility with the introduction of robot patrols.
Equipped with a thermal imaging camera, a high-resolution camera with a wiper for outdoor use, a LiDar technology sensor for navigation and multiple ultrasonic sensors for collision avoidance, Hactl state that the robots will monitor the condition of cargo throughout the giant site.
The robots will record any incidents of damage and provide video evidence in the event of claims investigations.
The first security robot will initially patrol car and truck parking areas, and export goods handling areas, mainly during the peak night-time period but also during some daylight hours when required.
Wilson Kwong, chief executive of Hactl, said: “The security robots will complement our existing CCTV system, providing footage from more angles to assist in security and cargo claims evaluation.
“Their presence will also send a clear message that Hactl is maintaining thorough observation of all its operational areas around the clock.
“By reducing reliance on human patrols, we are freeing up valuable night shift security staff resources to focus on making our security regime even more proactive, flexible and responsive to any incidents. This is a significant step forward in strengthening our overall security programme.”
This is not the only area of Hactl’s business which has seen the introduction of robotics.
Sanitisation robots were introduced during the pandemic to help reduce the risk of infection among its workforce. More recently, a robotic Automated Parts Store was launched that can dispense urgent spare parts which are needed around the clock to maintain its massive automated handling systems.