[Hong Kong, 4 May 2023] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) invited Mr. Chirs Tang, Secretary for Security; Mr. Raymond Siu, Commissioner of Police; Mr. Keith Yip, Director of Crime & Security, Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF); Mr. Wong Kwok-hing, Commissioner of Correctional Services; Mr. Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services; Mr. Chan Tsz-tat, Deputy Commissioner of Customs & Excise (Control and Enforcement); and Mr. Or Chung-yuk, Assistant Director (Information Systems) of Immigration Department, to attend the launch ceremony of the ASTRI Technovation Centre (ATC) today witnessing ASTRI and disciplined services working hand in hand to promote R&D applications with the aim to build Hong Kong into an international smart city.
With a series of opening events of the brand-new ATC, ASTRI historically gathered the Security Bureau and Disciplined services, which is of great significance for furthering the development of the smart city. ASTRI has always been committed to building Hong Kong into an international smart city, while the disciplined services are integral parts in the formation of a city. The collaboration between both parties will fully take advantage of their strengths. By combining the rich experience in law enforcement of the disciplined services with the capability of ASTRI in technology development and transfer, they will roll out a wide-ranging smart R&D application together, in order to facilitate the smart city development of Hong Kong.
ASTRI showcased joint projects co-developed with the disciplined services such as 5G communication technology that was awarded Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva; Gold Medals winning project “HoneyNet – Early Threat Hunting and Anticipation Network, also speech-to-text recognition engine “飛謄” that handles HKPF voice records; and document processing system that speeds up administrative procedures. In the future, ASTRI and the disciplined services will strengthen R&D collaborations and focus on areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and blockchain, providing more advanced, efficient and accurate R&D applications and simplifying complex work procedures. This would help law enforcement officers to handle future challenges while enhancing operational efficiency and service quality, improving the safety and stability level of the smart city comprehensively.
Ir Sunny Lee, Chairman of ASTRI, said, “The key to developing a smart city lies in providing citizens with a safe and convenient livelihood. To cope with the ever-growing challenges, I am pleased to see that the disciplined services have been putting resources in developing new technology in recent years to enhance law enforcement efficiency and improve services. ASTRI will continue the partnership with the Security Bureau and disciplined services to provide innovative solutions to address challenges in society.”
Dr. Denis Yip, CEO of ASTRI, pointed out the previous success in R&D collaborations with disciplined services and said, “ASTRI and disciplined services will focus on technological needs on manpower allocation and law enforcement, jointly exploring and developing cutting-edge technologies to strengthen the capability of law enforcement department and enhance its service efficiency through the use of smart applications, contributing to building Hong Kong into a safe and world-class smart city for citizens to live and work.”
(From left) Mr. Or Chung-yuk, Assistant Director (Information Systems) of IMMD; Mr. Keith Yip, Director of Crime & Security, HKPF; Mr. Raymond Siu, Commissioner of Police; Ir Sunny Lee, Chairman of ASTRI; Mr. Chirs Tang, Secretary for Security; Dr Denis Yip, CEO of ASTRI; Mr. Wong Kwok-hing, Commissioner of Correctional Services; Mr. Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services; Mr. Chan Tsz-tat, Deputy Commissioner of Customs & Excise (Control and Enforcement);
(Right fifth) Mr. Chirs Tang, Secretary for Security, learns about projects co-developed by ASTRI and disciplined services.
Dr Denis Yip, CEO of ASTRI, shared R&D achievements co-developed by ASTRI and disciplined services.
Dr Jakie Liu, Director of Smart City and R&D experts introduced the Hero Technologies of ASTRI.