Hactl Win Technovation Award for their Smart Cargo Locating
Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) were recently awarded the ’Smart Airport Technovation Award – Operational Excellence’ at the Smart Airport Technovation Awards held in Hong Kong and organized by Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Mr. Fred Lam presented the award to Hactl during the during the two-day Smart Airport – Technovation Conference and Exhibition held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The ‘Smart Cargo Locating’ project, which recently went live in the company’s SuperTerminal 1 facility was the reason for the prestigious award. Smart Cargo Locating is a fully-automated tracking and retrieval system for loose cargo. When loose cargo arrives a reusable identifying tag is applied; it is then photographed, check-weighed, and the data and image are uploaded to Hactl’s COSAC-Plus cargo management system, this is all done automatically.
The cargo is then identified by a specially-adapted ‘Smart Forklift’ that moves the cargo to the designated storage area by using geo-locations from the indoor GPS system developed by Hactl. The cargo’s exact location is uploaded to the cargo’s record in COSAC-Plus for operational use and also used for analytical purposes.
Pre-flight, when the cargo is needed for pallet build-up, the forklift driver is provided with a photographic image of the cargo to aid in identification and is then directed to the cargo’s exact racking location.
Senior Manager for Performance Enhancement at Hactl, Eric Poon said, “We are very grateful to HKIA for recognizing our achievement with the new Smart Cargo Locating system.
“Smart Cargo Locating eliminates manual data input, eradicating potential keying errors. It then makes retrieval simpler and faster, helping us to streamline our processes, improve efficiency and further enhance our customer service.”