Release time: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and RV Automation Technology Company Limited (RV Automation), a partner company of HKSTP, has announced the opening the RobEx Centre, Hong Kong’s first fully automated and unmanned warehouse service at Hong Kong Science Park.

A new initiative of HKSTP’s Robotics Platform, the RobEx Centre will offer express courier and self-serviced storage to all Hong Kong customers, and acts as a working showcase of cutting-edge warehousing technologies for the logistics and supply chain industry.

The Centre features Autonomous Mobile Robot technology, smart warehousing system and facial recognition, provided by a group of technology companies in Science Park including RV Automation, Altali, Master Dynamic and QBS.

The RobEx Centre is a revolutionary alternative to traditional warehousing and logistics operations with its fully unmanned and automated capability. It has the ability to operate 24/7 as well as reduce the need of menial and physically demanding human labor.

The smart warehousing system calculates and maximizes the use of space within the venue, a much-needed ability in land-scarce Hong Kong. Big data analysis helps in scaling its warehousing services to take into account peak hours, impact of weather on delivery times, and reduce human errors in storing and delivery of parcels. Facial recognition technology is utilized for enhanced security.

Mr Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said: “It was 18 months ago that RV Automation first demonstrated their smart warehousing system and we are very happy to see the RobEx Centre become a reality. This first-of-its-kind facility is the culmination of work led by HKSTP, RV Automation and many technology and business partners. It is a living showcase of how we can embrace innovation and technology in the logistics industry, a key pillar of Hong Kong’s economy. Science Park, as a Government-designated Smart Region, is the venue where innovative solutions will be piloted. We hope to showcase even more cutting-edge solutions that will drive Hong Kong closer to becoming a Smart City.”

The RobEx Centre is fully self-serviced. Through the automatic warehouse solution, the storage racks with lockers will be picked up by the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) to and from the front station automatically when users need to pick up or place their goods in the lockers. Users access the system either through a smartphone app or the control panel installed at the front station. Facial recognition will be used as an added security for the lockers.

Before opening to the public, industry trials will be conducted in the RobEx Centre in September to collect operational data.
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