German-based Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) and Cathay Pacific Services Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to digitalize Cathay Services’ terminal infrastructure at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
The project will include the application of predictive maintenance to the airfreight handling system, installed by Siemens in 2013, to optimize process workflows of the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal. The process is designed to prevent expensive downtime of conveying systems, which will enhance system availability, while also benefiting spare parts management.
The project will be implemented using “internet of things” (IoT) applications and advanced data analytics, to be based on MindSphere, Siemens’ open, cloud-based IoT operating platform.
The agreement also covers the introduction of a standardized and secure method for real-time exchange of data between various stakeholders at the airport. The contracting parties also aim to reduce energy usage, emissions and operating costs of the cargo handling system.
SPPAL also expanded its digital portfolio last year by opening a new MindSphere Application Center (MAC) in Dubai, which is part of the logistics company’s global network of 20 centers for digital customer applications.