Professional Timing System
Brings Breakthrough to HK Cycling Sport
Our installation of the first indoor track cycling timing system, along with other facilities at the Hong Kong Velodrome in Tseung Kwan O, enables Hong Kong to host international cycling competitions such as Sprint and Keirin. The Hong Kong Velodrome can potentially become a record-breaking venue. We trust it will help boost the community’s interest in sports activities, and more importantly, train more potential youngsters like Olympic medallist Sarah Lee Wai-sze in track cycling.
Officially opened on 30 December 2013, the Velodrome is Hong Kong’s first indoor track cycling venue comprising a 250-metre long wooden cycling track that meets international standards, a multi-purpose area and a spectator stand accommodating 3,000 people. EMSD was entrusted by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to design a professional timing system, and take charge of the operation and maintenance services for various installations.
The sophisticated timing system, which complies fully with the International Cycling Union’s standards, provides timing accuracy up to 1/1000th of a second. The starting gates hold the riders on the start line. Detection loops at finish point and high speed cameras at various points are installed to capture the order of finishing. For high level international events, transponders will be installed at bicycles to collect race statistics and details of timing records to resolve any race disputes.
One of the key challenges at the venue is to ensure the proper operation of all the installations such as floodlight and sound systems to safeguard athletes’ performances, especially during international events. Furthermore, photovoltaic panels which capture solar energy and generate electricity for energy use in the Velodrome are installed on the rooftop. We need to pay special attention to maintenance work of the photovoltaic panels as their installation on the oval, wavy rooftop poses potential hazards for staff.
Although our operation and maintenance services only start in October 2014, our dedicated team has already conducted numerous site inspections and attended functional tests to ensure the readiness of the venue for international cycling competitions and other activities.
Supporting Green Carnival 2014
EMSD is committed to promoting energy efficiency and energy saving practices to the public. To support the environmental protection initiative, we participated in the Green Carnival 2014 on 12 January organised by the Green Council.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Harry Lai Hon-chung, Assistant Director/Electricity and Energy Efficiency, encouraged the public to save energy by changing their attitude and daily practices, such as turning off unnecessary lighting, air-conditioning, home appliances and computers. Reducing electricity consumption will achieve both energy and money savings.
EMSD’s game booth at the Carnival was designed with the theme of “Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction” (節能減排 點解唔熄), encouraging the public to save energy via the games. The booth was well received, as evidenced by the long queues!
Patented Design Enhances Efficiency of
Airfield Ground Lighting Maintenance
Air traffic at the Hong Kong International Airport has become increasingly busy, leaving us with less and less maintenance window time for airfield ground lighting (AGL). Our initiative to jointly design a patented constant current regulator (CCR) testing platform with the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has enabled us to meet the AGL maintenance challenges and improve operation efficiency.
The innovative design was successfully patented at the end of 2013, given its novelty, creativity and practicality. It is a big recognition of the team’s effort.
To overcome the AGL maintenance difficulties, the patented solution uses existing spares such as light bulbs, isolation transformers, AGL power cables and simple framework materials to build a CCR mobile testing platform, which can be connected to the indoor CCR to test its functionalities during maintenance.
Now, instead of going outdoors, brightness stability test and basic lamp failure detection checking can be conducted anytime indoors under all weather conditions to enhance AGL maintenance efficiency. Although lamp failure detection calibration with lighting circuitries is still carried out outdoors, the testing platform has enabled us to cut total outdoor work time by 22% and release the runway earlier for other purposes.
EMSD is committed to providing excellent maintenance services for AGL which is critical to airplane navigation and thus passenger safety.
Full Commitment to the E&M Trades
With the commencement of major infrastructure projects, engineering workers, especially those of the Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) industry are in great demand. Major E&M organisations are providing comprehensive training, advancement opportunity and a bright future for youngsters who are interested in joining the industry. A recent industry survey revealed that the E&M industry was still more than 2,000 workers short, and the situation would only worsen as a result of our aging population.
EMSD is committed to the growth and sustainability of the E&M trades. In 2012, we took the lead to set up the E&M Trade Promotion Working Group, comprising 19 related trade organisations, including government departments, public agencies, public utility companies, trade associations and unions. The Working Group organised exhibitions, recruitment activities, roadshows and other publicity campaigns to attract new blood to the E&M industry.
This year, we kicked off our promotional activities in January with the broadcasting of nine-episode TV series named “Engineering, Life and Dream” (機電夢飛翔), jointly produced by Radio Television Hong Kong and EMSD. Each 25-minute episode is an independent story about an E&M discipline, complete with drama and interviews. The nine disciplines covered are public transportation, electricity, district cooling, gas, airport, lift and escalator, hospital, wind power and water supply. The two episodes of “My Grandpa da Vinci” (我的達文西爺爺) and “Light up the Loving Road” (照出愛情路) included the interviews of our colleagues of the Health Sector Division and Airport and Vehicle Engineering Division who shared the engineers’ values in safeguarding the operation of the healthcare facilities and airport.
The TV programme aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the E&M industry, its role in society, its development and practitioners’ daily life so as to attract more young people to the E&M trades.
To enhance the promotional effect of the TV programme, we also participated in a two-day “E&M Trades Expo ─ Manpower Recruitment”, organised by E&M Trade Promotion Working Group in late February at the VTC Youth College (Kwai Chung). The Expo featured a booth exhibition and provided in-depth information on career talks, advancement courses, on-the-job training programmes, and on-site recruitment interviews were conducted. The event was well received and attracted over 3,200 visitors.
Best Practice and Innovation
are Key to E&M Safety
Speakers at the “Contract Work Safety Seminar – Electrical & Mechanical Work” held in last December unanimously emphasised that adopting industry best practice and innovation were the key factors for work safety and service reliability in E&M work. They also pointed out that considerate practices (care for workers, neighbours and the environment) would be conductive to create value to the public.
The seminar was organised for industry practitioners to share best practices in work safety and considerate practices during E&M maintenance work. Our ultimate goal is to achieve zero accident in all work sites.
Mr. Tai Tak-him, Assistant Director/3 pointed out in the seminar that we should ensure safety of workers in order to provide uninterrupted maintenance services for all the facilities and enhance convenience for the community. “We should maintain a clean and tidy work site, hopefully air and noise pollution free,” he noted.
He also encouraged all contractors to be considerate and make every effort to minimise any negative impact on affected parties.
New TETRA System
Strengthens Prison Security
Operation commencement of the new secure radio communication system in December 2013 marked the completion of our replacement work for the Correctional Services Department (CSD). Using Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) standards, the new digitised system has greatly enhanced work efficiency and flexibility, thus strengthening prison security and safe custody of inmates.
CSD required high security of radio communication with strict and specific requirement on the penal operation. After thorough discussion on the requirement with CSD, we designed a reliable, high efficiency and secure digital trunked radio communication system. The new system covered 29 CSD facilities and venues, its specific features included full digitalised system, efficient radio spectrum utilisation, voice encryption, emergency call, direct call and central digital voice recording. Besides, the new system is ready for expansion to meet the future development of CSD.
With the new TETRA system in place, CSD’s radio communication is now moving in next new century, the system can assist CSD to perform their daily duties more effectively.
Satisfying Seasonal Crematorium Service Demand Wins Client Appreciation
EMSD is entrusted by Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) to provide professional services for the operation and maintenance of electrical and mechanical installations at the five crematoria in Hong Kong, including Wo Hop Shek Crematorium, Cape Collinson Crematorium, Kwai Chung Crematorium, Fu Shan Crematorium and Diamond Hill Crematorium. We also provide one-stop cremation services in the Kwai Chung, Fu Shan and Diamond Hill crematoria, including receipt of coffins, ritual arrangements, pulverisation and handling of ashes.
Our service mission is: “With the hope that the deceased rests in peace, we treat every cremation procedure professionally with respect, and ensure his/her family members receive the bone ashes as soon as possible.” With this in mind, we work through every challenge and difficulty to deliver our promise of “Next Day Delivery” of bone ashes for the peace of mind of the families of the dead.
Pre-Chinese New Year is always a critical and busy time for our staff as the public has a strong desire to see the proper completion of disposal procedures of the deceased before the advent of the New Year. As such, the crematoria are typically in full swing during the run up to Chinese New Year, with extra cremation sessions to adequately cope with the seasonally high public demand. Daily cremation sessions can increase from the normal 140 sessions per day to over 180 daily sessions near Chinese New Year’s Eve. The final cremation session which usually completes at 10:30pm was extended to 2-3am in the morning of the next day.
During such early hours of the day, few taxi drivers would pick up our staff directly from the crematorium. Our staff had to walk a long silent way to the main road to get public transport to go home. Yet our colleagues contributed willingly their rest time and worked tirelessly to deliver timely, additional cremation services to serve the public and live up to our service mission.
Our effort has gained appreciation from the FEHD: “With their effort, the peak days in December 2013 and January 2014 were successfully catered for. Without their contribution and support, the first Lunar New Year peak at the re-provisioned Wo Hop Shek Crematorium could not have been managed without problems.”
EMSD is supportive of charitable events that contribute to a good cause and benefit the community. In the past few months, our colleagues have enthusiastically participated in a range of activities from a walkathon, a marathon and a cross country event to a charitable dinner. We hope our participation has helped make a difference to those in need.
2013/2014 Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk for Millions
More than 130 EMSD colleagues and their family members participated in the Hong Kong & Kowloon Walk on Sunday, 5 January 2014 to raise funds for the Community Chest for the needy and disadvantaged in our community.
Oxfam Trailwalker 2013
Our staff members formed different teams to participate in the Oxfam Trailwalker 2013 to raise funds for Oxfam's various poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects.
Sowers Action Challenging
12 Hours Charity Marathon 2013
Participants in the Marathon had to complete designated sections of the Wilson Trail within 12 hours. Our colleagues did exceptionally well in the race and raised funds to subsidise high school students in western China in their studies and living expenses.
Eastern Hospital Charity Dinner
EMSD has always been a strong partner to our clients, be it in operation and maintenance services or charitable events. Last November, we participated in the charity dinner of the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) Charitable Trust, supporting its cause to promote and advance medicine, medical education and the health and welfare of the community which PYNEH serves.