ASTRI has come of age, sure of our ability and potential, and ready to pounce on the next challenge and opportunity
20 years is a significant milestone for an organisation. Though young, ASTRI has come of age, sure of our ability and potential, and ready to pounce on the next challenge and opportunity. Such confidence and drive are born out of a strong sense of mission to create value to the economy and community of Hong Kong through innovation and technology.
Nothing comes easy. It is two decades of relentless pursuit for excellence that has earned ASTRI its leadership in 5G communications, FinTech, Intelligent Manufacturing, Health Tech, and semiconductors. From this vantage point, I can see ASTRI continue to advance the technology frontiers with impactful innovations over the next decade, and becoming a major technology enabler in the Smart City called Hong Kong. I can see connected devices around the world running on ASTRI technologies, manufactured in factories operating with ASTRI robotics and AGVs; consumers doing daily banking, renewing licenses and buying properties on secure platforms developed by ASTRI, and more.
The HKSAR Government is investing heavily in infrastructure and talent development to make Hong Kong an international innovation hub. ASTRI, as a key player in the innovation and technology ecosystem, will do our utmost to create lasting value. Through innovative technologies that will disrupt not only consumer trends but also business models, we will be a game changer, and the ASTRI name will be synonymous with advancement. Lofty dreams they seem, but every bit is possible.
Enabling competitiveness is the end goal; technology research is the strategy
Hong Kong as a small global city survives on competitiveness. When the HKSAR Government set up ASTRI in 2000, the reason for its existence was to strengthen Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.
Enabling competitiveness is the end goal; technology research is the strategy. What sets ASTRI apart, however, is the word “applied”. It is our ability to apply cutting-edge technology to solving business problems and adding value that has been key to our success. The number of patents – more than 850 and counting – and industry awards speak volumes of the ingenuity and dedication of our people.
ASTRI did not attain success on our own. The collaboration with partners from industry, government and academia is indispensable. Through commercialisation, fruits of our applied research are transferred to enterprises and government agencies that provide products and services to end users. Universities as well as enterprises work closely with us to bring up the next generation of engineers, researchers and data scientists. 20 years of brain work. One unique organisation. A source of pride.
Posted on 30 April 2020