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Bigger role for robots at airport 2016.11.08
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ROBOTS greeting arriving passengers at the airport may soon be a reality. The use and future trends of robotics were discussed at the Hong Kong International Airport Technovation Conference and Exhibition last week.

“Our recent applications of automation technology at Hong Kong International Airport include cleaning robots and robotic inspection of runways and air.eld ground lighting,” said Airport Authority chief executive Fred Lam Tin-fuk (香港機場管理局行政總裁林天福). “We are also exploring the use of robots for airport customer services.”

The airport plans to offer a full array of robotics and automation technology to streamline the entire passenger journey at Chek Lap Kok (赤.角), making it faster and hassle-free. SITA’s baggage robot lends passengers a hand at Geneva Airport and apologetic robots

These include biometrics and using facial recognition techniques to make check-in to boarding easier, Lam said.

Also, there would be more advanced X-ray machines to make security screening quicker and easier for both passengers and air crew, he said.

The conference also featured an exhibition of airport robotics and automation applications. Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung (創新及科技局局長楊偉雄) became ‘Hercules’ as he put on a robotic exoskeleton suit to lift a 20-kilogram box without breaking a sweat.

The suit allows workers to safely lift heavy objects in warehouses and baggage halls, and perform tasks requiring physical strength.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 9 November 2016)

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