Hactl pioneers robot patrols for air cargo security in Hong Kong 

Credit: Hactl

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), Hong Kong’s leading independent air cargo handler, is introducing robot patrols to boost security measures at its SuperTerminal 1 facility. 

Hactl announced that the first security robot is “about to enter service,” and will mainly be patrolling during peak night-time hours, a period that typically faces workforce constraints.  

The security robot is equipped with high-resolution cameras and will continuously patrol car and truck parking areas, as well as export goods-handling zones, to supplement the existing CCTV systems in place to monitor the premises.  

“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,” said Wilson Kwong, Chief Executive of Hactl. “This is a significant step forward in strengthening our overall security program.” 

One of the standout features of this robot is a thermal imaging camera that can detect humans and objects even in complete darkness. Complementing this is the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor for navigation and multiple ultrasonic sensors for collision avoidance.  

Additionally, Hactl has recently launched a robotic Automated Parts Store to dispense urgent spare parts needed around the clock. 

The implementation of technological advancements comes at a key moment, as the air cargo market is expected to grow further.  

On March 9, 2023, the Journal of Commerce reported that trade groups were expressing optimism about the expansion of the air cargo market this year. China’s post-pandemic economic recovery continues to gather momentum after the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and has unleashed pent-up demand, signaling an upward trajectory for air cargo services. 

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