Solace Develops IoT Platform For Hong Kong International Airport


Juan Pedro Tomás

Canadian company Solace, which focuses on real-time event-driven data streaming, has been selected by the Airport Authority Hong Kong to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Under this initiative, the airport can utilize real-time data to enhance its operations efficiency and passenger experience.

The adoption of Solace’s technology has enabled critical real-time data flow between the airport’s connected devices and vehicles, preparing HKIA for the full integration of its physical and digital operations, according to Solace.

“Transforming legacy software into individual microservices is a mammoth task that is extremely resource-intensive,” said David Fung, co-founder of E Tag Solution and Services, the systems integrator overseeing the implementation of HKIA’s IoT platform. “The ease and speed with which Solace’s technology can be deployed made it the ideal solution to fulfill HKIA’s real-time IoT data movement needs.”

With Solace’s technology, HKIA will optimize data from IoT devices to support initiatives such as real-time equipment location tracking, and predictive maintenance on assets and buildings for different airport business units. By enabling the collection, filtration, and flow of real-time information between IoT devices and back-end systems, Solace will help HKIA manage assets more effectively, improving airport operation efficiency and enhancing passenger services.

Andy Bien, CIO, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “A secure messaging backbone will play a critical role in revolutionizing our operations and the overall passenger services, reinforcing our commitment to provide a pleasant and unique airport experience to our passengers as a world-class airport.”

“Solace is all about driving business value for our customers. We are delighted to support HKIA’s real-time digital transformation goals at a time when customers are increasingly demanding real-time responsiveness and hyper-personalized services,” said chief technology solutions officer for Solace, Sumeet Puri. “Connected devices can expand the possibilities for new experiences and business models, but only if complemented with an event-driven approach that ensures low-latency and high-volume IoT message brokering.”

HKIA is an international and regional aviation hub connecting to 220 destinations around the world, including 50 mainland cities. In 2019, HKIA handled 71.5 million passengers.

Enterprises such as SAP, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Canada, multinational automobile manufacturers such as Renault and Groupe PSA use Solace’s event broker technologies to modernize legacy applications, deploy modern microservices, and build an event mesh to support their hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and IoT architectures.

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