Hong Kong International Airport Uses RFID Technology to Track Logistic Vehicles

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Nancy   2018/01/30

In addition to more than one thousand daily flights, Hong Kong International Airport has thousands of vehicles moving in the restricted area. In order to better know the situation of vehicles in the restricted area, the Airport Authority established a vehicle tracking system. Workers in the control room can see the imformation of the location, speed and even fuel status of all vehicles entering the restricted area. Hong Kong International Airport may become the first airport with tracking system for logistic vehicle in the world.

According to reports, during the year, the system will start testing to device resources by using artificial intelligence. In the future, the aircraft will be ready for logistic vehicle dispatch before landing. It improves the operational efficiency.

Hong Kong AA started to establish a vehicle tracking system in 2015. There are over 3,600 conventional vehicles in the restricted area, including private cars, lorriy and shuttle buses, which equipped with locating devices. Locating devices were also installed on temporary vehicles entering restricted areas. The system tracks the location of vehicles via Global Positioning System (GPS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

Yao Zhaocong, deputy director of airport operation of Hong Kong Airport Authority, said that the system can be used to manage vehicles and personnel because vehicles and drivers have different license rights and reach different areas of the restricted area. Drivers need to use card to get the right from the system before starting the vehicle.

If the vehicle is found to be over speeding, the system will immediately issue a voice warning, report the management company by email and submit an overspeed report. The system can also monitor the fuel status of the vehicle. The system has been fully operational since 2017 and the number of speeding and irregularities in the airport has been halved.

The next step of vehicle tracking system is to expand to non-powered vehicles, such as luggage cart. It’s easy to manage more comprehensive information and deploy resource for airport. Yao Zhaocong refers to there are batteries with power for one or two years in the non-powered vehicles positioning device, and the devices should withstand sun and rain. It is expected to begin testing this year.

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