The Smart City Innovation Centre (SCIC) in Hong Kong was officially opened this month. A collaboration between the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), the center is the first 5G innovation lab in Hong Kong.
SCIC has three main objectives: to enable ASTRI and its partners to conduct 5G technologies research and and aid in commercialisation of applications and solutions; to serve as an innovation incubator for stakeholders including start-ups, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and research institutions; and to be a catalyst in educating the public by hosting laboratory training programs, industry collaboration workshops, and university brainstorming workshops.
The centers technologies include:
● Smart Mobility – the internet of vehicles and a laser projection heads up display;
● Smart Living – a holographic head mount display, virtual reality head mount display, AI chat-bot, touchless palm authentication, indoor and outdoor navigation, and a smart vending machine;
● Smart Government – Digital ID and Big Data Analytics for Smart City;
● Smart Connectivity – 4G and Beyond
Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI Board of Directors, stated, “The Centre should lead to strong public-private collaboration to facilitate the development of innovative smart city solutions for Hong Kong, and possibly beyond.”
Mr Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said, “Hong Kong is at the cross-roads of a new era of economic and technological transformation that offers a world of potential. It must not miss out on the opportunities available in the new world order. We are proud to be associated with the SCIC and hope that it will lead to meaningful, revolutionary innovation.”