TitleS for IT visits Islands District (with photos)
The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, met with members of the Islands District Council (IDC) and viewed several smart applications at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) during his Islands District visit today (December 14).
Accompanied by the Chairman of the IDC, Mr Chow Yuk-tong, and the District Officer (Islands), Mr Anthony Li, Mr Yang began his visit by meeting with members of the IDC to exchange views on issues of mutual concern.
The next stop was HKIA, where Mr Yang saw for himself the application of technology by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) in enhancing efficiency and the travel experience of passengers. He tried out the augmented reality (AR) way-finding function of the "HKG MyFlight" mobile app, which uses iBeacon location and AR technologies to enable passengers to easily navigate their way through the airport.
Officers from the AA also introduced to Mr Yang the self-service check-in and self-bag drop services. With the aid of "iCUSS" cloud-based movable self check-in kiosks and self-bag drop counters, travellers can now print their boarding passes and baggage tags by scanning their passports on their own, hence shortening the time required for check-in.
The "high-speed imaging" technology developed by a technology company at Hong Kong Science Park is currently being applied for inspection of the airfield ground lighting. Mr Yang took a look at it and was briefed on how big-data technology helps enhance the efficiency and precision of airfield ground lighting maintenance.
Mr Yang said he was pleased to see the wide application of cutting edge technologies used in airport operations, thus creating a smart airport with data analytics, facial recognition technology and the Internet of Things. The AA has also partnered with the Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM) to jointly develop a trolley tracking system. The system utilises video analytics technology to monitor trolley supply at various pick-up points, thus reducing the manpower required for manual checking.
At the Asia Airfreight Terminal, Mr Yang received a briefing by Customs officers on the implementation of the Single E-lock Scheme, which is now in use at 34 boundary control points (BCPs) in the Mainland and 12 BCPs in Hong Kong. Customs authorities in the Mainland and Hong Kong use a single electronic lock developed by the LSCM to safeguard the security of transshipment cargoes. Duplicate inspection on the same shipment at the boundary is then reduced to help expedite the flow of cargoes.
Mr Yang said he looked forward to seeing more collaboration between institutions, local R&D centres and technology companies in adopting local technologies to enhance service delivery and efficiency.