Helping five local research and development centres promote their projects and research findings and explore business opportunities
Hong Kong, 6 December 2017 – The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) will set an Innovation and Technology Commission Pavilion (Booth 1D-B02 in Hall 1D) at the new SmartBiz Expo organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 6 to 8 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Five research and development centres (RDCs) will exhibit and promote their projects for industry members, including Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems (APAS), Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Logistics and Hong Kong R&D Centre for Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM) and Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI). Through business matching and networking events, ITC will assist these five RDCs to identify collaboration partners and explore business opportunities. Pre-registration by trade visitors is required on the SmartBiz Expo website and admission is free of charge for all.
APAS aims to promote market-driven R&D programmes for the development of the APAS industry. By displaying different automobile-related technologies at the expo, including the first “Wireless Electric Vehicle Charger” in Hong Kong which can charge electric vehicles (EV) via the air by magnetic resonance, the “Smart Vehicle-to-Home System” which facilitates EV batteries as energy storage devices for households, and “Advanced EV and Accessories Technologies”, APAS is committed to fostering the future development of Hong Kong electric vehicles.
With the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research, ASTRI will exhibit some innovative R&D projects at the ITC Pavilion. ASTRI’s demonstration at the pavilion include: the “Palm Fusion Biometric Sensing Device” – jointly developed with a Sweden-based partner organisation – which can be widely used for user identification and safety verification in different industries; as well as the “Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Networking System with Road Side Unit Management” that enables vehicles, pedestrians and roadside infrastructure to communicate with each other. V2X System enables an intelligent transportation system, supporting the smart city development endeavours in Hong Kong. Other projects such as “ASTRI’s R&D on Blockchain-based Applications” and “Glasses-free 3D Display” will also be showcased during the expo.
Aiming to enhance the sustainable development and social benefits of the textile industry via applied research, HKRITA provides one-stop services for applied research, technology transfer and commercialisation to attract more industry partners to adopt new technologies. Six award-winning projects of the “45th International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva” will be displayed in the ITC Pavilion, including “Asymmetric Fencing Shoes”, “Sensing Insole for Footstrike Pattern Detection in Runners”, “New Functional Textiles from Bio-based and Degradable Fibres”, “Sleeping Thermal Comfort Assessment System”, “Fine Worsted Yak Yarns and Fabrics” and “Quick Learning Automatic Spraying System for Jeans”.
LSCM aims to foster the development of core competencies in logistics and supply chain related technologies for the industry. At ITC Pavilion, LSCM will showcase the “AI vision of Autonomous Guided Vehicles” which can deliver goods to designated destination automatically and safely with landmark recognition, self-locating and collision avoidance functions. The “Perception-Guided Robotic Arm Manipulation System” will streamline the production process and related equipment and ultimately enhance productivity through automation.
NAMI undertakes and provides support for market-oriented research in nanotechnology and advanced materials and promotes the economic growth of Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy. A series of technological achievements will be showcased during the expo, including “High Performance Flexible Transparent Conductive Films for Optoelectronics”, an important part of Optoelectronics, which is applicable to touch-screen displays, smart windows and wearable electronics. “Wearable IoT Sensors with Flexible Batteries” which integrate flexible batteries and wireless charging coil technologies for users to experience a lighter and slimmer smart band, and “UV-resistant Capsule Technology” for coating and plastics which greatly extends the service life of UV-resistant agents. Other projects like the “Novel Domestic Water Filter”, “Thin Film Heater”, “Flexible Thin Film Pressure Sensor”, “Smart Self-healing and Anti-fouling Coating” and “Touchless Play Board” will also be presented in the expo as beneficial to society at large.
With the theme of “Innovate for smart business”, the first SmartBiz will have 6 zones, namely, “Techtopia”, “Envision Lot”, “The Hatchery”, “The Muses”, “The Boosters” and “The Pathfinder”, gathering more than 500 exhibitors from 43 countries and regions to showcase the latest business solutions, technology applications and operations support as a one-stop platform. In the “Techtopia” zone, there will be an array of technologies for business transformation and enhanced competitiveness, including augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. “The Boosters” zone will feature diverse business solutions such as cloud services and e-commerce systems, logistics, branding, marketing, consultancy and financial and legal services. In addition, the “Envision Lot” zone will exhibit inventions and research findings from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Europe and Asia. The HKTDC will also set up “The Hatchery” zone at the fair to let local and overseas start-ups promote their innovations to potential business partners.
For more details about InnoTech Month 2017, please visit itm.gov.hk or scan the QR code below.
|Dr. Lawrence Poon, Deputy General Manager, Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre, Hong Kong Productivity Council demonstrated the first “Wireless Electric Vehicle Charger” in Hong Kong which can charge electric vehicles (EVs) via the air by magnetic resonance. Dr. Poon hopes that the new technologies will bring more convenience to electric vehicle drivers.
|Mr. Kenny Chan, Senior Manager, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute demonstrated the “Palm Fusion Biometric Sensing Device”. With this device, an individual’s palm veins and palmprint pattern can be captured through a co-axis optical system for user identification by radiating the infrared and visible light, thus attempts to forge an identity are extremely difficult as veins are beneath the skin.
|Dr. C.P. Chan, Technical Manager, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute demonstrated the “High Performance Flexible Transparent Conductive Films for Optoelectronics and Wearable Electronics” developed by NAMI, where the new technology can enhance optical and electrical performance. Dr. Chan hopes that nanotechnology can be used more widely in different fields in the future.|