ASTRI Inspires a Smarter Future Empowered by AI at the Technovation Summit 2018

  • Distinguished speakers from Government agencies, academia and the industry attended the annual forum hosted by ASTRI

    Officiating guests at the inauguration session of ASTRI Technovation Summit 2018 (From left: Mr Jason Pun, Assistant Government Chief Information Officer; Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI; Mr Wong Ming-yam, Board Chairman of ASTRI; Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology; Mr Ivan Lee, Acting Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; and Mr Charles Mok, Legislative Council Member)

    [Hong Kong, 14 December 2018] As Hong Kong’s largest applied research and development centre, the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has a mission to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. The Institute today hosted the ASTRI Technovation Summit 2018 that brought together over 30 thought leaders and experts from Government agencies, research community and the industry. Exploring ideas and sharing experiences on a smart future for our city empowered by AI, the Summit attracted over 400 experts, entrepreneurs and top-level executives from across the industry to explore opportunities in driving a smart, innovation-led Hong Kong.

    In his opening remarks, Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology said that “Artificial Intelligence is an important technology area unlocking a whole new world of potential and Hong Kong definitely has an edge in developing AI. We are working at full steam to build the research cluster ‘[email protected]’ focusing on AI and robotics technologies in Hong Kong Science Park. We will continue to render full support under the Innovation and Technology Fund to finance applied R&D projects on AI. The Government will also lead by example by adopting AI to improve public services.” With the concerted efforts of the industry, academia, R&D centres and the Government, “Hong Kong would be playing a crucial role in developing more AI applications to bring better life for our citizens in the future,” Mr Yang added.

    Acknowledging the important role played by ASTRI and its partners in the industry, Mr Wong Ming-yam, SBS, JP, ASTRI Board Chairman said in his welcome remarks, “Artificial Intelligence and connectivity solutions offer unprecedented opportunities for Hong Kong to innovate solutions, facilitate growth and development, and inspire the entire ecosystem of Hong Kong’s technology sector.”

    The day-long summit featured seven keynote presentations and five panel discussions. Speakers included the Honourable Mr Charles Mok, JP, Legislative Council Member; Mr Jason Pun, Assistant Government Chief Information Officer; Ms Esther Wong, Managing Director of Strategic Investments of SenseTime; Dr Winnie Tang, Founding and Honorary President of Hong Kong Smart City Consortium;  and Professor Henry Chung from the Department of Electronic Engineering of the City University of Hong Kong. In his presentation, Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI shared the experience and insights from ASTRI’s innovation journey, and the role it plays in supporting Hong Kong’s I&T and Smart City development endeavours.

    The panel discussions focused on applications of AI and next generation communications technologies across a wide variety of sectors, such as ‘smart government’, ‘smart mobility’, ‘cybersecurity’ and ‘smart manufacturing’. The panellists represented public sector institutions and government departments such as Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Hong Kong Police Force, Water Supplies Department, Hong Kong Fire Services Department, and Customs and Excise Department. Academic and private sectors were represented by HKT, Standard Chartered Bank, TNG, Octopus, Nova, Marvel Digital, Huawei, Master Concept, Profit Peak and Smart Secure ID.

    The Summit wrapped up with a panel discussion by former ASTRI members – ASTRIANs – who left the Institute but continue to contribute to the advancement of I&T either from other organisations of through their own ventures. The ‘ASTRIANs: Brightest Minds, Powerful Impacts’ session covered how innovative ideas incubated in ASTRI turned into inspirational ‘Made in Hong Kong success’ stories. ASTRI Alumni Network – or ASTRIAN – is an important initiative that bridges ASTRI and its current team with alumni members, seeking to maximise the support offered to past and present team members while also leveraging the collective professional strength of the alumni community.

    ASTRI Technovation Summit 2018 sought to facilitate meaningful dialogues and impactful collaborations for Hong Kong’s advancement in the I&T sector and its overall Smart City development. The Summit’s speakers unanimously called for more traction in AI-based research and active commercialisation of smart technologies in Hong Kong, predicting robust economic development and improved quality of residents’ lives.

    Honourable Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, speaking at the inauguration session of ASTRI Technovation Summit 2018

    ASTRI wins three awards at Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI) 2018

  • [Hong Kong, 12 December 2018]  The Hong Kong Science and technology Research Institute (ASTRI) Company Limited has been recognised once again for its innovation excellence – this time with three awards at the Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI) 2018. The Awards’ presentation ceremony was officiated by Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR.

    A total of 259 entries were received in the 2018 edition of HKAI. ASTRI received three honours: 1) Technological Achievement Award for its Narrowband Internet of Things solutions, 2) Equipment and Machinery Design Certificate of Merit for the All-in-one Virtual Reality Head Mount Display, and 3) Equipment and Machinery Design Award for the Collaborative Mobile Manipulator for Industrial Head Clean Room, jointly with its partner SAE Magnetics (Hong Kong) Limited.

    (From Left to Right) Mr Berry Yen, Director; Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President; Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer; Mr Tony Wu, Manager; Dr Lucas Hui, Senior Director; Mr Bill Zhang, Senior Director; Mr Wong Ming-yam, the Chairman; Dr T John Koo, Director; and Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI at the HKAI Awards 2018 ceremony

    Information about ASTRI’s award winning projects:

    Technological Achievement Award for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solutions: ASTRI’s NB-IoT solutions include an IP platform that supports the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard for User Equipment applications consisting RF transceiver, digital baseband, power management unit and power amplifier. The design and implementation of the solution enable miniaturised chips, saves design and production cost, and facilitates a wide range of applications and devices in the modern era.

    Equipment and Machinery Design Certificate of Merit for All-in-one Virtual Reality Head Mount Display (HMD): ASTRI developed the unique all-in-one HMD device that leverages both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies. Its innovative sensor fusion and optimised operating system offer advanced multi-functional features for numerous Smart City applications such as healthcare, infotainment and education.

    Equipment and Machinery Design Award for Collaborative Mobile Manipulator (CMM) for Industrial Head Clean Room: SAE Magnetics (Hong Kong) Limited and ASTRI developed the CMM platform with mobility, sensing and manipulation capabilities for reconfigurable, flexible, and highly automated manufacturing. Equipped with advanced sensors and able to significantly reduce operational complexity, the CMM can work autonomously or collaborate with human operators. It has a very wide application potential across Smart Factories in the Industry 4.0 era. It is particularly suited for material logistics and automatic work cells that produce magnetic heads in a clean room environment.

    ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wong Ming-yam, SBS, JP, and its CEO Mr Hugh Chow were present on the occasion as the winning R&D teams received the HKAI honours. Congratulating the winners, Mr Chow said, “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of ASTRI and its industrial partners, we have attained strong breakthroughs in smart technologies that leverage Industry 4.0 development potential and support the re-industrialisation agenda of Hong Kong. Intelligent Manufacturing is one of the core initiatives in ASTRI’s R&D strategy. We will continue to develop cutting edge technologies to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in business and industries powered by industry-relevant smart applications.”

    HKT and ASTRI innovation partnership in pursuit of Smart City solutions for Hong Kong

  • HKT and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have established the HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory to pursue advanced technologies and solutions for Smart City. HKT will provide financial support to the joint laboratory which will leverage ASTRI’s R&D expertise in next generation communications technologies and sophisticated data solutions.

    Dr David Chung – Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, said, “The development of a smart city cannot solely rely on the government for a people-centric smart city should be built together with the participation of the private sector and the public. Only by this, we can derive smart measures that best suit the needs of the people. The cooperation between HKT and ASTRI today well demonstrates the joint effort of the public and private sectors in utilising technology to improve the life quality for people. I am looking forward to your successful applications very soon.”

    Ms Susanna Hui – Group Managing Director of HKT, said, “In this digital era, HKT has already transformed from a traditional telecom operator to a provider of innovative services and solutions for smarter living and smarter business operations. We aim to bring more positive changes to the lives of Hong Kong people and the economy at large through this collaboration, in support of the Government’s Smart City vision.”

    Mr Peter Lam – Managing Director of HKT Engineering, said, “We are delighted to continue and strengthen our cooperation with ASTRI through the establishment of the joint laboratory, which will leverage the R&D capability of both parties to explore advanced technology and applications for Smart City in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.”

    Referring to the Government’s Smart City vision, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said, “The Smart City revolution will create enormous opportunities for sustainable economic growth for Hong Kong and this region. Our partnership with HKT is fully aligned with the Government’s vision for an innovation-led smart Hong Kong.”

    The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will start with a few initial focus areas on Smart City infrastructure, Smart Mobility (including Electronic Road Pricing and Connected Vehicles) as well as fore-running technologies such as Blockchain, big data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Smart Economy, in which ASTRI’s R&D expertise in next generation communication technologies, blockchain, video and data analytics, AI and cyber security will come into play.

    Hong Kong’s Smart City development blueprint is all about addressing urban challenges, strengthening governance, enhancing public services, improving quality of lives, and ensuring safety and sustainability – with the power of innovation and technology. The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will pursue sophisticated and market-relevant innovations contributing to that goal.

    About HKT

    HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

    HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

    HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit www.hkt.com.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.

    ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Electronics Components, Intelligent Sensing Technology System, Intelligent Software and Systems, Security and Data Sciences and Communications Technologies. Our R&D strategic focus covers five areas of applications: financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, health technologies, smart city and the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC), forming our five-pillar R&D strategies.

    For more information, please contact:
    Stella Wong
    HKT
    Tel: +852 2888 2253
    Email: [email protected]

    Iris Fu
    ASTRI
    Tel: +852 3406 0266
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    Dr David Chung – Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology (centre), Mr Wong Ming-yam – Chairman of ASTRI (3rd from right), Ms Annie Choi – Commissioner for Innovation and Technology (2nd from right), Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI (right), Mr Peter Lam – Managing Director of HKT Engineering (3rd from left), Honourable Mr Charles Mok – Member of the Legislative Council (2nd from left), and Dr Henry Wong – Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Networks of HKT Engineering (left) jointly announce the establishment of the HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory

    Hong Kong’s first-ever Smart Open Data Advancement Consortium formed to unleash a new era of data-driven innovation

  • The ‘Smart Open Data Advancement Consortium’ was officially launched on 1 November 2018 during Hong Kong FinTech Week, aiming to revolutionise data-driven innovation endeavours and create tangible impact through a secure and user-friendly platform to effectively leverage open data. The Consortium’s founding members are: ASTRI, City University of Hong Kong, Deloitte, FORMS SYNTRON, JETCO and Nova Credit.

    [Hong Kong, 1 November 2018] Senior executives of the founding members of the Smart Open Data Advancement Consortium, and industry representatives attended the ceremony to launch the Consortium which will bring  ground-breaking improvements to various public services and commercial sectors in Hong Kong through data-driven innovation.

    First of its kind in Hong Kong, the Consortium is being founded by six organisations: The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), City University of Hong Kong, Deloitte, FORMS SYNTRON, JETCO and Nova Credit. As the membership base grows, the Consortium will strive to raise public awareness of the massive power of data, and promote cross-industry adoption of its platform to deliver maximised scale and impact. Targeting digital-savvy businesses and professionals, the Consortium will build a trusted data ecosystem where consent-based design will ensure full information security and privacy. In addition to saving time, effort and resources to deal with data, it will also mitigate fraud risk and adopt globally accepted best-case examples.

    An ecosystem-driven initiative, the Consortium will enable public sector and commercial organisations in Hong Kong – and subsequently in the Greater Bay Area – to develop and implement data-driven smart applications and services to boost productivity and enhance user satisfaction. With its human and organisation-centric approach, it will provide a secure, user-friendly platform for various sectors to unleash the full power of data in their operations and businesses. From government agencies to industry regulators, public service providers to financial institutions, academia to different business sectors – the platform will adopt a Triple Helix model. In this model of innovation, academia and R&D centres come up with technological solutions and platforms, the Government sets the regulatory and enabling framework, while the industry leverages the innovation to enhance productivity and improve customer experience.

    This initiative can be extremely impactful through a robust ecosystem-wide adoption in Hong Kong. It comes at a time when the Government and the industry are actively striving for better utilisation of big data to foster economic growth and offer better services to the people. In future, the Smart Open Data Advancement Consortium can also target the huge growth potential of business and innovation in the vibrant Greater Bay Area market.

    New Directors appointed to ASTRI Board

  • [Hong Kong, 19 October 2018] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) today announced the appointment of five new Directors to its Board of Directors for a term of two years with effect from 21 October 2018. The new appointees are:

    • Mr Charles Chow Sai-keung
    South China & Hong Kong Assurance Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    • Mr Steve Chuang Tzu-hsiung
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ProVista Group

    • Professor Lam Tak-wah
    Head, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong

    • Professor Sabrina Lin Man-yee
    Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    • Ms Ada Wong Yin-man
    Executive Director, Wong’s International Holdings Limited

    Also with effect from 21 October 2018, the following Directors will retire from the ASTRI Board:

    • Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong, BBS, JP
    • Mr Humphrey Choi Chor-ching, JP
    • Mr Tony Choi Siu-chow, JP
    • Mr Denis Tse Tik-yang
    • Mr Pindar Wong

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI Board of Directors, welcomed the new members to the Board and expressed his confidence that “their leadership and wisdom will greatly benefit ASTRI’s innovation endeavours and help steer the Institute to achieve higher level of accomplishment.” Mr Wong added that, “It is our privilege to welcome these five highly competent and well-respected professionals joining the ASTRI Board. With their knowledge and expertise, they can help ASTRI in its mission to serve the Hong Kong industry through innovation and technology.” He also expressed his heartfelt thanks to the five retiring Directors for their valuable contributions to ASTRI.

    With these changes, the composition of ASTRI Board of Directors with effect from 21 October 2018 will be as follows:

    Chairman

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, SBS, JP

    Members (In alphabetical order according to surname)

    Ms Cally Chan Shan-shan
    Mr Duncan Chiu
    Mr Charles Chow Sai-keung
    Mr Steve Chuang Tzu-hsiung
    Mr Ha Yung-kuen, BBS
    Mr Stephen Ho Wai-chung
    Mr Kwong Chi-keung, JP
    Ir Dr Alan Lam Hiu-fung
    Profr Lam Tak-wah
    Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, JP
    Prof Liew Soung-chang
    Prof Sabrina Lin Man-yee
    Mr Andy Liu An-ting
    Dr Davy Lo Kwok-wai
    Ms Hera Siu Kit-wan
    Ms Ada Wong Yin-man
    Dr Archie Yeh Tsuei-chi

    Official Members

    Mr Cheuk Wing-hing, JP, Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology
    Ms Annie Choi Suk-han, JP, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology

    ASTRI demonstrates its latest technologies at PT EXPO China 2018 in Beijing

  • The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is showcasing its latest technologies that deliver ‘Intelligence’, ‘Connected’ and ‘Trusted’ solutions at the PT EXPO China 2018 in Beijing. At its exhibition booth no. 4-4355, ASTRI is displaying technologies that facilitate the deployment of competitive services and innovative solutions across Hong Kong, the Great Bay Area and international markets. Among the solutions being showcased at the Expo, some selected technologies are listed below.

    1. 5G Core and Edge

    The advent of 5G will proliferate the markets with an infinite number of smart city and smart manufacturing applications including smart mobility, smart living, Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT), and many more. 5G Core Network forms its critical part, with Service-based Architecture (SBA) and scalability to enable feature-rich new applications. ASTRI’s 5G Core Solution addresses:

    – Connectivity: Virtual 5G Core Network Software complying with 3GPP Release 15 standards, while delivering market leading core network throughput

    – Edge Computing: Enabling delay-sensitive packets and data processing at edge cloud to support applications that require low latency, such as connected vehicles

    – Automation: 5G Network Orchestrator to provision network services and applications with simple, graphical user interfaces

    2. 5G C-RAN base station

    Utilising Centralised-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture, ASTRI’s 5G base station solutions are software-based and very flexible. It is highly customisable for different requirements and evolving 5G standards. At the Expo, ASTRI and HeBei FarEast Communication (HBFEC) are jointly demonstrating the latest 3GPP Release 15-compliant 5G C-RAN base station and user equipment emulator based on off-the-shelve computer servers. The solution avoids the development cost for dedicated hardware platforms and allows centralised radio networks management through cloud-based processing. The demonstration showcases live 8K (7,680 × 4,320 pixels) Ultra-high Definition (UHD) video streaming via wideband 5G wireless data links.

    3. Next Generation Broadband Trunking Communication (B-TrunC) base station for Critical Communications

    LTE B-TrunC systems provide the next generation trunking air interface for bandwidth-efficient high throughput point-to-multipoint communications. This allows high throughput broadcasting services, such as video surveillance, data sharing and group video calls. This demonstration showcased HeBei FarEast Communication’s (HBFEC) commercial B-TrunC base stations powered by ASTRI’s awarding winning B-TrunC technologies which won a Gold Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018. The demonstration showcases live wideband trunking service including group video calls to reveal the B-TrunC capabilities and applications.

    4. 4G small cell technology for commercialisation

    Small cell base station technologies provide simple and cost-efficient indoor coverage for public and private networks deployment. Sunnada’s commercial LTE small cell powered by ASTRI’s LTE physical layer solution was ranked no. 1 in the China Mobile 2015 small cell tendering. ASTRI’s LTE base station solutions also support LTE macro cells and C-RAN feature with different hardware platforms. This demonstration showcases a series of LTE base stations products commercialised by Sunnada.

    5. AI-enabled Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) road safety and traffic management

    ASTRI is at the forefront of enabling technologies for connected cars. At the recent World IoT Expo 2018, ASTRI registered a great milestone with live demonstrations of C-V2X road safety applications on the open roads in Wuxi. ASTRI has a complete C-V2X networking system which addresses perspectives of ‘car’, ‘road’ and ‘network’ ─ enabling connected cars and ensuring better road safety. It also allows transport operators or City Governments to operate the roads and highways with enhanced traffic efficiency and safety considerations.

    PT EXPO is hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and organised by the China National Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corporation. The Expo is being held at the China National Convention Centre from 26 to 29 September 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    ASTRI is displaying technologies that facilitate the deployment of competitive services and innovative solutions across Hong Kong, the Great Bay Area and international markets.
    B-TrunC Demo

    Mr Wang Zhigang, national Minister for Science and Technology, visits ASTRI

  • [Hong Kong, 21 September 2018] Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China visited the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today to understand the latest developments in its R&D endeavours as well as progress of technology commercialisation. During the visit, Mr Wang said, “Hong Kong plays a special role in the overall Innovation and Technology (I&T) development of the country. The HKSAR has an enormous potential to unleash in I&T and ASTRI, as one of the city’s most importance R&D centres, can greatly benefit Hong Kong as well as the country by transferring the fruits of innovative R&D.”

    Mr Wang was particularly impressed with ASTRI’s Smart City and 5G development endeavours, as well as with the work of the CNERC Branch focusing on IC research. Located in ASTRI, the Branch was established in 2012 with approval from the Central Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), as the first CNERC branch outside of Mainland China. The CNERC branch aims to help advance the competitiveness of China’s integrated circuit industry by driving world-class applied R&D in this sector, and by grooming talents for the industry.

    He commended ASTRI’s role as a centre of excellence in driving technological innovation that is benefitting not just Hong Kong, but also the country. He pointed out the fact that an institution of ASTRI’s calibre can greatly contribute to driving innovation in science and technology, and add value to the economic and social development of the country, as the nation strives for stronger, more sustainable growth. Mr Wang emphasised that the Central Government remains fully committed to supporting Hong Kong’s I&T development as well as long-term growth and prosperity.

    Commenting on the important visit, ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow said, “The current macro-economic environment requires that the Mainland and Hong Kong strongly collaborate for new avenues of innovation-led growth, in order to drive overall national development in the new era of global economic realities.”

    ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wong Ming-yam commented that, “We are very grateful to have the honourable Minister visit us. His words of appreciation and recognition will tremendously encourage our innovation efforts. ASTRI will continue to innovate advanced technologies and solutions not only to help Hong Kong’s local development, but also to contribute nationally in the ‘Greater Bay Area’ and ‘Belt and Road’ programmes.”

    Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology (5th from right) of the People’s Republic of China, visited ASTRI on 21 September 2018.
    Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, visited ASTRI on 21 September 2018.

    ASTRI and Huawei showcase results of joint technological endeavours through successful LTE-based V2X demonstrations in Wuxi, China

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Huawei Technology Co. Ltd(Huawei) signed an agreement today to set up a joint Connected Vehicle (C-V2X) Research Group. The signing ceremony was held in WUXI, during the World Internet of Things Expo 2018.

    As recently as last week on 15 September 2018, ASTRI and Huawei jointly demonstrated a series of successful Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) test cases at the World Internet of Things Expo 2018. Sponsored by the Wuxi Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation, the Commission of Public Security, and the Jiangsu Provincial Government, the Expo took place in Wuxi, China ── the world’s first city-level C-V2X application demonstration site. The site spans around 170 km² and covers most area of Wuxi city. The project is also supported by the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology, China Mobile, and a number of manufacturers including Audi and FAW.

    The test was conducted near the Taihu Expo Centre in Taihu, Wuxi, on about six kilometres of open roads with six open crossings. 17 successful tests of typical application fields based on C-V2X were conducted, including forward collision warning, intersection collision warning, left turn auxiliary, vehicle blind area or lane change warning, road danger risk warning, speed limit warning, speed guidance based on signal lights, warning of congestion ahead, warning of pedestrian crossing in blind areas, and warning of on-ramp vehicles.

    ASTRI and Huawei demonstrated the V2X applications using Huawei’s world-first dual-mode C-V2X roadside device RSU, supported by ASTRI’s C-V2X software system and algorithms. Under the test case, vehicles and the infrastructure leveraged C-V2X Uu and PC5 Communications channel to broadcast vehicular movement and traffic status information to cars made by FAW and other manufacturers.

    Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI said, “ASTRI is committed to utilising the power of technology for overall Smart City development in Hong Kong and this region. We are honoured to be a part of this historic demonstration of C-V2X technologies in partnership with HUAWEI. As long-term strategic partners, we jointly work to build a connected vehicle ecosystem for Hongkong and the nation.” Mr Chow reiterated ASTRI’s resolve to “continue investing talent and resources to develop next generation telecom technologies and related applications with particular focus on smart mobility solutions that will not only support the Smart City development blueprint announced by the Hong Kong SAR Government, but also promote wider adoption across the Hong Kong – Macau – Guangdong Great Bay area.”

    Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI technology limited and Cellular V2X solutions, said: “The launch of Wuxi C-V2X city-level project is by the efforts of transportation, telecom, vehicle and applications industry partners. As the most competent applied technologies research institute in Hong Kong, ASTRI makes great contribution in this project.

    Huawei and ASTRI has signed the collaboration MoU and formed a joint research team to co-develop C-V2X technology, promoting the emerging technology and applications for a more mature solution and more valuable services. Together, they will help build the commercial intelligent transportation system in the Hong Kong – Macau – Guangdong Greater Bay area. “

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organisations of all shapes and sizes.

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    ASTRI and Huawei Technology Co. Ltd signed an agreement to setup a joint Connected Vehicle Research Group during the World Internet of Things Expo 2018.
    Dr MeiKei Ieong (Left), CTO of ASTRI signed the MOU with Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI Technology Ltd and Cellular V2X Solutions.
    Dr MeiKei Ieong (Left), CTO of ASTRI signed the MOU with Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI Technology Ltd and Cellular V2X Solutions.
    C-V2X Demo by national broadcaster CCTV (source : CCTV channel 2)

    ASTRI took part in the compilation of China’s third-generation semiconductor power electronics roadmap

  • [30 August 2018, Hong Kong] China’s first “Third-generation Semiconductor Power Electronics Technology Roadmap” (the “Roadmap”) was released by China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance (CASA) on 31 July 2018.  The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was invited to assist in the Roadmap development process – by providing professional advice, communicating with relevant overseas institutions, and helping with the essential drafting and compilation work. ASTRI has been the only institution from Hong Kong involved in the Roadmap’s drafting and compilation process.

    The third-generation semiconductors are core materials for electronic components which facilitate innovative growth, development and transformation of many industries. It has long wielding impact on sectors ranging from mobile communications to Internet of Energy (IoE), new energy vehicles to railway, and even public security to national defence. Major world economies like the US, European Union and Japan strive hard to excel in this area. This Roadmap focuses on power electronics in four areas: substrate /epitaxy/device, packaging/module, application of silicon carbide (SiC) and application of gallium nitride (GaN).  It also sets out a recommended R&D direction for China’s power electronics as well as third-generation semiconductor sectors, while analysing the industry’s current and future development trends.

    Ms Wu Ling, Chairman of the Strategic Alliance on Innovation and Technology for the 3rd Generation of the Semiconductor Industry, and Director of the Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Programme Office at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said, “This latest Roadmap focuses on power electronics with major implications for industries such as IoE, new energy vehicle and consumer electronics.” The Roadmap will help the Government to “better define a national R&D strategy focusing on core priorities, amplify the market’s future development potential, and facilitate effective collaboration between businesses, scholars and R&D centres.” It will also help enterprises to figure out the most optimal timing for initiating and launching new innovations.

    The drafting and compilation process of the Roadmap involved working together with local and overseas universities (e.g. Tsinghua University, Peking University, etc), R&D institutions (e.g. Institute of Semiconductors and Institute of Microelectronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences), leading enterprises (e.g. State Grid Corporation of China, CRRC Corporation), scholars and professionals for more than a year. Led by CASA, the process was supported by, among others, ASTRI. ASTRI has been the only institution from Hong Kong invited to take part in the formulation of the roadmap. It sent a team of six experts to assist in the drafting and compilation work with its Senior Director of Electronics Components Dr Daniel Shi appointed as one of the expert consultants for the Roadmap. Dr Shi also joined other experts and the CASA team in meetings on this topic in Europe and the US, conveying views of the Chinese semiconductor and electronics industry to international organisations on technologies and standards such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). These engagements and views formed the cornerstone of the first international roadmap for third-generation semiconductors soon to be released by the IEEE.

    Expressing ASTRI’s delight to be the only institution from Hong Kong participating in the drafting and compilation of the Roadmap, Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI said: “It is not only a recognition of ASTRI’s talents, technological capabilities and vision, but also a valuable opportunity for us to contribute to the development of the Chinese semiconductor industry. We hope the roadmap will help the industry of the Mainland as well as Hong Kong, to better understand the China’s strategy and pace on the development of third-generation semiconductors. There is a world of opportunities out there which our industry players can leverage and unleash.”

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    ASTRI and Cyberport partnership seeks to facilitate unleash great potential for AI and Blockchain start-ups

  • [17 July 2018, Hong Kong] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Cyberport, the digital tech community comprising over 1,000 technology companies, partnered for the ‘ASTRI Technovation Day’ – aiming to introduce ASTRI to the Cyberport tenant companies, particularly the technology start-ups in FinTech, Blockchain, HealthTech and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through events like this, ASTRI hopes to develop the connection with the technology start-up community and provide necessary support to them. Held yesterday at Cyberport, the ASTRI Technovation Day had a clear mission of fostering collaborations, boosting technological capabilities, sharing useful information about funding resources, and updating participants on ASTRI’s technology partnership models. Over 40 start-ups took part in the event which also included insightful sessions on Blockchain Applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics, along with a facilitated business matching session for AI and Blockchain stream start-ups.

    Mr Hugh Chow – ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer and Mr Peter Yan – Chief Executive Officer of Cyberport talked about the common goal shared by their respective organisations – enabling Blockchain and AI stream start-ups to unleash a world of potential. Commenting on the initiative, Mr Chow said, “Through this event, ASTRI seeks to provide a platform for innovation catalysts to connect with innovation drivers – helping the ecosystem to collectively maximise the impact of our endeavours.” Conscious that it is unusual for an R&D institution to disseminate to other technology developers, Mr Chow added that “ASTRI aims to act as a Technovation facilitator. As we all know, together we always achieve more.”

    “I am glad that Cyberport is working closely with ASTRI on this event that aligns with Cyberport’s key cluster focus of AI, blockchain and big data. This will be highly beneficial to Cyberport’s tech community in gaining inspiration to enhance their product development.  With a community of over 1,000 digital tech companies, Cyberport is keen to work with partners like ASTRI to accelerate their growth and development to create impact on our society.  I look forward to more collaboration with ASTRI in the coming future,” expressed Mr Yan, CEO of Cyberport.

    ASTRI remains committed to its mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s global competitiveness with the power of technology, working as an important facilitator of Hong Kong’s I&T development. Technology start-ups play a vital role in Hong Kong’s role in its global I&T aspirations. Hong Kong not only boasts one of the most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the world, but also consistently ranks at the top league of global innovation and business competitiveness rankings. ASTRI recognises its responsibility to better understand what rising technology entrepreneurs need, and to share technological and funding related information that they might find useful.

    The focus of various sessions during the ASTRI Technovation Day was on Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Healthcare Technologies and Cybersecurity. The event has been a collective effort from ASTRI and Cyberport as part of their common goal to cultivate talents to help turn Hong Kong’s information technology aspirations into reality, and to help build a thriving, innovation-led economy.