Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals ups security with robot patrols

Hactl is introducing robots to improve safety and security. Photo: Hactl

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is introducing robot patrols at its SuperTerminal 1 facility in a bid to improve security.

The first security robot is about to enter service, initially patrolling car and truck parking areas, and export goods handling areas.

The robot will operate mainly during the peak night time, but it will also be deployed during daylight hours as required.

In addition to stepping up anti-theft measures and reinforcing awareness of Hactl’s security programme, the new security robots will also monitor the condition of cargo onsite, and will record any incidents of damage, to provide video evidence in the event of claims investigations.

The robot features 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. It can operate on any paved surface.

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 the third area of Hactl’s business which has seen the introduction of robotics. During the pandemic, Hactl introduced sanitisation robots to help reduce the risk of infection among its workforce, and more recently launched a robotic Automated Parts Store to dispense urgent spare parts 24/7 to maintain its automated handling systems.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]