Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the third busiest international passenger airport and operates the busiest international cargo facility in the world. Over 50 million passengers use HKIA and four million tons of air cargo pass through Hong Kong each year. Since it began operation in 1998, HKIA has been committed to customer-focused facilities and services earning it the recognition as one of the world’s best airports.
Focused on strengthening Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness, HKIA has undertaken enhancements to expand capacity and improve airport facilities for passengers, cargo, and aircraft. As part of these developments, they employ innovative technology that provides an integrated network to monitor and manage fire and security.
Cameras throughout terminals feed real time information back to the Hong Kong Airport Authority for monitoring. A public address system allows them to communicate with passengers and employees with prerecorded or real time messages. High-tech fire detection and suppression systems, alarms and sprinklers are in place to suppress fires quickly and efficiently. Integrating these technologies allows the Hong Kong Airport Authority to increase their ability to detect and respond to fire and safety issues.
With over 900 flights by 95 airlines flowing through Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) passenger and cargo terminals each day, implementing and managing an integrated fire and security strategy can be challenging. HKIA selected Hong Kong Chubb to implement and manage their fire and security protection.
To ensure the highest level of safety and security, Hong Kong Chubb responded with an integrated solution that includes fire detection and suppression systems, alarm systems, sprinklers, access control, video surveillance and a public address system. In addition, Hong Kong Chubb, which has had a long-standing relationship with HKIA, provides regular service and maintenance to all of the equipment.
Considered the gateway to China, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is located less than five flying hours from half of the world's population. To serve growing demand and strengthen their position as a leading international and regional aviation center, HKIA continually invests to enhance its facilities.
To ensure the highest protection of property and life, HKIA with two terminals and runways, invested in the implementation and management of an effective fire and safety strategy. Hong Kong Chubb is at the forefront of fire and security protection solutions to safeguard people and properties.
Hong Kong Chubb was commissioned by the Hong Kong Airport Authority to provide a comprehensive fire and electronic security solution for their passenger, aircraft and fuel facilities. HKIA terminals are equipment with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras that communicate back to a central station at the Airport Authority where they have access to real time camera control and viewing. Also integrated into the system are a public address system to communicate warnings to passengers and employees and an access control system to monitor who enters and exits designated areas and buildings. Fire detection and suppression systems protect aircraft and fuel facilities.
In 2008 Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s top 10 international air cargo carriers, entered into a franchise agreement with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong to invest in, design, build and operate the new air cargo terminal. Work originally began on the terminal in the summer of 2008 but was suspended later that year due to the severity of the financial crisis. With the boost in the economy, and a corresponding rebound in the airline’s business and the airfreight market in general, Cathay Pacific resumed construction to fulfill its commitment to invest in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific is investing in a new 260,000 square meter facility with an eight-story building and high bay warehouses to be managed by their subsidiary, Cathay Pacific Services. Scheduled to open in 2013, Cathay Pacific has designed the facility to enable the most efficient flow of cargo through the terminal and facilitate speedy processing of all types of cargo while allowing for regulatory inspection and monitoring.
Hong Kong Chubb will incorporate the cargo terminal fire solutions into the existing fire and security system for HKIA. Fire detection and alarm systems, gas suppression and drencher system, high sensitivity smoke detection system, and roof and in-rack sprinkler systems will be installed in the new cargo terminal. To ensure optimal performance, Hong Kong Chubb will maintain the entire system under their existing service agreement with the airport.
To comply with HKIA’s environmental standards, Hong Kong Chubb’s integrated fire and safety solutions are clean, cost-effective, fast and efficient. HKIA’s real time surveillance is broadcast via high-speed video transmission. The system also allows for prompt verification of alarms reducing false calls to fire and police officials. The fire suppression system is adaptable for a wide range of hazards and is harmless to property and assets. With the rapid growth of HKIA, the integrated fire and security system is easily expandable for future requirements.
The products utilized for Hong Kong International Airport integrated fire and security system include:
- Access Control
- Video Surveillance
- CCTV - Video Content Analysis
- Perimeter Security
- Public Address System
- Suspect Baggage Container
- Providing service and maintenance
- Installation of Vault Door
- Fire detection and alarm systems
- Gas suppression and drencher system
- High sensitivity smoke detection system
- A roof and in-rack sprinkler system
Aircraft and Fuel Facilities
- Fire detection and suppression systems
- Access control System
- Burglar Alarm System
- CCTV System
- Car park Barrier System