ASTRI launches “IPs and Service Offerings for Technology Start-ups and SMEs” to provide solutions to enterprises Provides 20 offerings to software, hardware and consulting service companies with a starting price of HKD 50,000

[Hong Kong, 16 April 2022] With the rapid advancement of global technology development, the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is engaging more enterprises in the cooperation and common development of “industry, academia and research”, ASTRI hence launched the “IPs and Service Offerings for Technology Start-ups and SMEs”, selected 20 innovative technological companies from a varying categories of entry services, including 8 hardware, 6 software and 6 consulting service companies, with the entry price of HK$50,000 to HK$150,000.

ASTRI focuses on transferring technology to the industry, transforming it into commodities, developing high-quality and affordable patents, information and communication technologies, and creating important and far-reaching influence. In cooperation with research institutions, enterprises and academia, ASTRI researches important technologies that the industry pays attention to, and assists enterprises to enhance their competitiveness. The relevant scientific research projects selected have a wide range of content, mainly to solve company evaluation, technology and network security issues, writing, electronic technology and electricity issues, etc. Private institutions in Hong Kong can contact relevant professionals and engineers at ASTRI for assistance and enquiries.

Hong Kong’s scientific research has undergone many years of development. However, many start-ups, and even small and medium-sized enterprises that have been rooted in Hong Kong for many years striving to improve the field of technology, have been paying high fees for the solutions to technical problems. There was no platform that provided cost effective solutions for them, and their business needs were not understood. The support provided in the “IPs and Service Offerings for Technology Start-ups and SMEs” caters to the needs of enterprises and the program is expected to help the industry to solve their difficulties. Interested Hong Kong enterprises can contact the relevant professionals for details.

Since its establishment 22 years ago, ASTRI has provided different innovative technology software, hardware or technical support to various government departments, public organizations and many private enterprises in Hong Kong, contributing to the smooth enhancement or assistance in their development processes. With the industrialization of technology and the intellectualization of industries, a new era of competition in Hong Kong will emerge.

Some Selection from the SMEs items:

Cybersecurity awareness and benchmarking assessment
General cybersecurity awareness training for users of all walks of life covering from general IT users, technical employees to management level of IT professional to reduce cyber risk at human level.
General cybersecurity assessment and brief benchmarking covering from web, mobile applications, network, security architecture, cloud infrastructure for SMEs to have a clear visibility of cyber defense maturity.

ESG compliance analytics
Industry specific (e.g. financial, energy) ESG benchmarking report listing average or distribution of listed companies in different ESG metrics as well as the top performers in each metrics or category.
Based on SME’s own ESG metrics, its performance or status in the industry as compared to its peer companies will be reported, along with improvement suggestions. Helps SMEs generate reports automatically by filling in minimum required information.

Mixed language speech recognition & audio indexing
Based on client-supplied audio records as training data, help train a preliminary mixed language model supporting Cantonese, English and Mandarin for applications in specific industry domains such as insurance, media, telecom, banking and/or KOL.

Other items includings:

  • Speech recognition & audio indexing
  • Financial document analysis
  • Smart OCR & document processing
  • Behavior and emotion analysis for driving safety
  • Smart indoor and outdoor Geographic Information System
  • IoT technologies and device communications
  • Retired battery screening solutions
  • Eco-friendly power system
  • Safe energy storage solutions
  • Analog IC design for medical devices
  • 3D Integration power electronics modules
  • ASTRI AR Glass
  • Wearable technologies
  • Gantry Free Electronic Road Pricing
  • ESD protection design consultancy
  • Digital document processing
  • DC solutions for energy saving and protection