The following is the Welcoming Remark by Mr. Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP, Chairman of ASTRI at Collaboration Agreement Signing of ASTRI-HKIA Joint Research and Development Centre on 7 July 2016.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me immense pleasure today to attend and witness the signing of collaboration agreement between ASTRI and Airport Authority Hong Kong to set up a Joint R & D Centre for Smart Airport.
Hong Kong International Airport is famous for 2 “B”’s — Best and Busiest.
In 2015, the passenger throughput of HKIA was 68.5 million and the air cargo throughput was 4.38 million tonnes. At the peak hours, our airport handled 68 flights per hour, which means, more than 1 flight in a minute. These figures implies that highest efficiency with no compromise on service and quality is required. How this can be achieved? I think the answer lies in continuous innovation and advanced technology that would give us smart solutions and service enhancement.
It is against this background and shared objective that this MOU is signed, which will mark the beginning of our cooperation in developing new products and processes in the field of Internet of Things, mobility, data analytics as well as open and integrated platform, to name but a few.
I believe that the development of smart airport will give passengers around the world the best travel experience and an unforgettable impression once they touch down in Hong Kong. It will also take the efficiency of Hong Kong’s aviation industry, already superb now, to scale new heights.
Before I close, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heart-felt thanks to colleagues from AAHK to come all the way from Lantau to Hong Kong Science Park to attend this ceremony and choosing us as the trusted partner to work together for the development of smart airport, which is an integrated part Hong Kong’s transformation into a smart city.
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