ASTRI drives forward 5G + C-V2X + AI innovation and transformation with Intel technology

  • [27 June 2019, Hong Kong] At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute(ASTRI) revealed their collaborations with Intel on 5G Standalone (SA) Core Network and Roadside Edge AI (Artificial Intelligence) for C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) that power the new era of network transformation with the compelling capabilities of 5G, C-V2X and AI working together.

    ASTRI’s 5G Standalone (SA) Core Network at 200Gbps on Intel Architecture

    5G networks aim to provide diversified services. In 3GPP Release 15 standards, the 5G new Standalone (SA) core network enables a high degree of flexibility to meet application and service requirements. In fact, the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) services have very high requirements on traffic capacity and data rate (as much as 1000x comparing to 4G).  The new 5G SA core network requires significantly higher capacity, throughput performance and scalability to meet the challenging requirements for 5G.

    ASTRI and Intel have collaborated on the research, development and optimisation of 5G SA Core Network, especially on the User Plane Function (UPF) throughput, to meet 5G requirements. The collaboration makes it possible for, on a single sever, over 200Gbps throughput to be processed by ASTRI’s 5G UPF without packet loss. The key capabilities and elements to deliver breakthrough performance in the 5G Core Network include:

    • The UPF of ASTRI’s 5G SA Core Network can achieve high per-core performance
    • Dynamic Device Personalisation (DDP) technology on Intel® Ethernet Network Adapters is utilised to achieve fine-grade load balancing to allow throughput scale up linearly with additional CPU cores
    • ASTRI 5G SA Core Network can scale down to a single hardware platform for small scale deployments, or scale out and distributed in cloud architecture

    ASTRI and Intel continue the R&D collaboration working closely on ASTRI’S 5G SA core network, such as supporting the N9 interface for mobile edge and additional Service- Based Network Functions, to enable a variety of network topologies to transform mobile core network to cater different 5G applications and scenarios.

    Edge Intelligence and C-V2X Transforming Smart Mobility and Network Infrastructure

    ASTRI and Intel collaborated to enable edge AI and visual-sensing capabilities for evolving next-generation smart roadside Infrastructure. The initial focus will be on enabling the real-time object recognition by ASTRI’s C-V2X Edge Software solution to detect imminent danger on roads and issue real-time alerts (like pedestrian crossing) to the respective drivers via C-V2X communications between vehicles and roadside infrastructure.

    In addition to the low-latency C-V2X communications, the C-V2X Edge Software demands high performance computing, AI and visual data processing to achieve end-to-end low latency. The Smart Roadside Computing Unit is powered by Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processors, delivering Intel’s ground-breaking data centre processor architecture in a form factor optimised for cloud edge computing solutions. It brings the architectural innovations of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform to a system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor for low-power, high-density, small footprint solutions, integrating essential network, security, and acceleration capabilities. The AI and visual data processing in the Smart Roadside Computing Unit is accelerated by Intel® ™ Myriad™ X Visual Processing Unit (VPU) and OpenVINO™ toolkit.

     Accelerating Innovation and Transformation

    5G SA Core Network is an important element for mobile core network transformation to support next wave of 5G services. ASTRI 5G SA core network, as pure software-based implementation, verified the suitability on high-volume platforms with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, to deliver outstanding performance and flexibility to allow quick time-to-market roll outs. Intelligent sensing and low latency communications using a C-V2X solution at the roadside (network edge) play an important role in shaping next generation roadside Infrastructure and smart mobility services.

    ASTRI Drives Forward 5G + C-V2X + AI Innovation and Transformation with Intel Technology
    Edge Intelligence and C-V2X Transforming Smart Mobility and Network Infrastructure
    ASTRI’s 5G Standalone (SA) Core Network at 200Gbps on Intel Architecture

    Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President of Next Generation Network at ASTRI: “ASTRI and Intel have mutual interests in network transformation since our collaboration on 4G EPC/C-RAN and virtualisation. Thanks to Intel, the combinations of wireless, network, computing and intelligence to enable 5G and C-V2X applications shall be increasingly important, as we move into the 5G era. It is exciting to see ASTRI’s collaboration with Intel getting deeper, wider and more impactful in 5G + C-V2X + AI to drive forward success in innovation and transformation.”

    Caroline Chan, Vice President and General Manager of the Network Business Incubator Division at Intel: “Network transformation, AI and edge computing are converging to create some of the most amazing innovations we’ve seen in decades. Together with research leaders like ASTRI, Intel technology will fuel the next-generation of AI-powered applications and 5G-ready communications networks.”

    Looking forward, more sensors on the roadside infrastructure are expected to be seen, collecting massive data and transferring them via 5G. Smart mobility applications will process the data at roadside edge and provide fast response to C-V2X enabled road users.

    At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019, ASTRI will demonstrate its collaborations with Intel on 5G SA Core and Edge AI for roadside infrastructure in ASTRI’s booth [N1.D130].

    Mobile World Congress Shanghai is Asia’s Leading Event for Next-generation Technology – 5G, IoT, AI, Big Data and Beyond. MWC Shanghai has over 60,000 attendees and over 550 participating companies. Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 will take place from Jun 26-28 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China.

    China Mobile Hong Kong and ASTRI announce new partnership on IoT and Blockchain technology, debut demonstration at the MWC Shanghai 2019

  • Hong Kong’s first application of IoT and Blockchain technology demonstrated during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019

    [Hong Kong, 26 June 2019] The Hong Kong SAR Government has stepped up its Smart City development efforts in recent years. Aligned with the increasing trends to leverage shared data, China Mobile Hong Kong and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have partnered to introduce Hong Kong’s first application of Blockchain-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology. China Mobile Group’s OneNET IoT Platform and ASTRI’s Blockchain solution come together for a combined application that is being demonstrated for the first time during Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 from 26-28 June 2019.

    For the first time ever, the power of Blockchain technology is being applied to an IoT application whereby data is collected and stored in real-time – making it safer, traceable and verifiable. The conventional, centralised system of IoT data collection and storage doesn’t use any encryption, making it vulnerable to attack or tampering. However, with the distributed data storage method of Blockchain, encryption protects the data from tampering. Its traceable features ensure stability and security of data. Combined together, Blockchain and IoT address supervision problems, reduce cost of operations, facilitating a wide of applications in everyday life. Overall, the solution can significantly help the development of Smart City.

    China Mobile Hong Kong and ASTRI have been invited to showcase the IoT and Blockchain technology at MWC Shanghai, organised by GSM Association (GSMA) from 26-28 June 2019. Simulated data is collected from vehicles, smart lampposts and parking lots, and transferred to China Mobile Group OneNET’s equipment management and applied development open source platform. The data is then stored and processed by ASTRI’s intelligent IoT and Blockchain technology platform with full-proof tamper protection. When visitors request access to IoT data from touch-screen computers or smartphones, the system makes a record, making sure the user can only access the data he/she is permitted to view, and the data source is reliable. At MWC Shanghai 2019, ASTRI and CMHK will also showcase applications of various sensors in an urban environment and data collection from different sources in future smart city environment. Visitors will understand the use of the IoT and Blockchain technology and personally experience its applications.

    “This development successfully shows that upon signing the strategic cooperation agreement, China Mobile Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, have been able to make good use of each other’s expertise and work together to bring about mutual benefits. The approach of the 5G era will help promote IoT applications on a large scale. The production of large quantities of data will help analysis become more accurate and better reflect the needs of the market IoT and Blockchain technology cooperative operations, help us to create a safe and reliable public data platform and help construct an outstanding and reliable foundation for the smart city development in Hong Kong,” said Mr Sean Lee, Director and Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile Hong Kong.

    “ASTRI is one of the first institutions in Hong Kong to apply Blockchain technology across different industries, including finance, real estate and manufacturing among others. We are delighted to work with China Mobile Hong Kong – showcasing the combined technological wonders of IoT and Blockchain. We are also bringing Blockchain to the telecommunications industry, for the first time, adding new elements to the IoT ecosystem and fostering Smart City development,” said Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI.

    Data on system is stored by Blockchain technology

    China Mobile Hong Kong and ASTRI will continue this close partnership and bring about new dimensions to strongly facilitate Smart City applications, promote the development of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area as a world-class centre of excellence for science and technology in the future.

    Powering the Smart City revolution: ASTRI is showcasing its latest 5G innovations at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019

  • [26 June 2019, Hong Kong] As Hong Kong and the rest of the world step into the 5G era, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is developing a series of 5G-enabling hardware and software solutions in partnership with its ecosystem partners. At its booth (N1.D130) in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019, ASTRI is showcasing a series of its latest 5G innovations from 26 to 28 June 2019. In addition, ASTRI is jointly performing various technology demonstrations at its partners’ booths. From 5G Centralised RAN (C-RAN) base stations to standalone 200 Gbps 5G core network solution, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to smart mobility, ASTRI’s tools, platforms and applications help develop world-class smart cities. ASTRI’s innovations have been developed in partnership with leading industry players such as Intel, HKT, QCT, China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), and China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK)。

    ASTRI is showcasing the following technologies and solution at MWC Shanghai 2019:

    Technology DemoPartner Booth
    15G end-to-end system (5G C-RAN base station and 5G Core)
    25G standalone Core Network at 200GbpsIntel
    3Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for road safety
    4Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) and smart mobility technologiesHKTASTRI

    booth: N1.D130

    5NB-IoT ChipKeysight
    6Biometric Optical See Through (OST) Head Mount Display (HMD)
    7Virtual Mobile Core Network auto scaling with ONAP DataLakeQCT and CMRICMCC booth: N3.E20
    8Intelligent Blockchain-based IoT PlatformCMHK and GSMAGSMA Innovation City area in N5
    ASTRI is showcasing its latest 5G innovations at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019

    1. 5G end-to-end system (5G C-RAN base station and 5G Core)

    ASTRI will demonstrate live 5G connection on a commercial 5G-enabled smartphone, using its end-to-end 5G C-RAN and Mobile Core system. Using Intel Xeon processors, ASTRI’s network design supports up to 2 Gbps throughput with four spatial layers in sub-6GHz spectrum. The solution has been adopted by a series of 5G network equipment manufacturers based in the Mainland and overseas. The solution also enables public and private network builders to introduce 5G-powered Smart City applications for smart living, smart manufacturing and smart mobility.

    2. 5G standalone Core Network at 200Gbps (jointly with Intel)

    This joint demonstration will showcase the compelling performance of 5G core network, processing over 200Gbps throughput on standard servers featuring two scalable Intel Xeon processors.

    3. Edge Computing and AI for road safety (jointly with Intel)

    This joint demonstration will showcase a smart roadside infrastructure with artificial intelligence and visual sensing capabilities. ASTRI’s C-V2X Edge Software, deployed on Intel’s Smart Roadside Computing Unit, can recognise vehicles, people and objects in real time. By issuing real time alerts, this solution will minimise accidents and greatly improve road safety.

    4. Smart mobility technologies (jointly with HKT)

    ASTRI’s smart mobility technologies covers a wide range of usage scenarios, on Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X), Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and other Intelligent Transport System (ITS) services.  ASTRI and HKT are working closely on realising the Smart Mobility Technologies in Hong Kong.

    5. Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) Chip (jointly with Keysight)

    This demonstration showcases the latest low-cost, low-power NB-IoT chip solutions for a wide range of 3GPP-compliant low-cost and low-power IoT services. ASTRI’s NB-IoT chip adopts a unique polar transmitter architecture and integrates on-chip high efficiency CMOS power amplifier, power management unit and digitally controlled crystal oscillator.

    6. Biometric Optical See Through (OST) Head Mount Display (HMD)

    ASTRI’s Biometric OST HMD is the world’s first turnkey solution to integrate extremely high image quality, smooth human machine interaction and security identification features. Its see-through feature plus high display image quality provides vivid visual experience; iris recognition feature performs high security biometric authentication, and eye-gazing tracking capability provides accurate focus point detection and high user flexibility.

    7. Virtual Mobile Core Network auto scaling with ONAP DataLake (jointly with QCT and CMRI)

    ASTRI’s Virtual Mobile Core Network is integrated and deployed on top of QCT’s Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) virtualized infrastructure with telemetry running on a x86 server, with OpenStack services, VNF-ASTRI EPC, and ONAP information injected into the ONAP DataLake.  This architecture enables auto scaling by using the ONAP DataLake with analytics, which can provide intelligent scale-in and scale-out mechanisms for virtual mobile core network operations.

    8. Intelligent Blockchain-based IoT Platform (jointly with CMHK at GSMA Innovation City)

    As Hong Kong largest R&D institute, ASTRI collaborates with China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) to bring the Blockchain IoT to the live network with CMHK’s latest IoT management system – OneNET. The platform uses secured data exchange for data provider to share IoT data with integrity. Through connecting the data providers and consumers, the platform can monetise and strategically exploit the potentially enormous value of the vast amount of IoT data.  The key issue in transforming IoT data to business value is addressed. The platform can help companies and individuals to unleash huge business potential by acting as a trusted intermediary to offer data exchange with integrity among third parties.

    About MWC Shanghai

    MWC Shanghai is one of the largest telecommunication industry expos in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 550 leading companies, witnessed by a whopping 60,000-strong business-to-business audience.

    CITIC Telecom CPC and ASTRI Announce Cooperation to Develop Next Generation AR-powered Operations and Maintenance Technology

  • Recommender System, Predictive Maintenance, and Augmented Operation Initiative: Three new AI-based R&D initiatives to enhance CITIC Telecom CPC’s customer experience

    [HONG KONG, 3 June 2019] CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) today announced plans to join forces on research and development for next-generation operations and maintenance technologies using Augmented Reality (AR) glasses. At the same time, CITIC Telecom CPC unveiled three major R&D initiatives to accelerate business expansion and enhance the customer experience by using Artificial Intelligence (AI), in line with the company’s corporate mission – “Innovation Never Stops”.

    For decades, CITIC Telecom CPC has built a comprehensive portfolio of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services. Today, the company operates globally to deliver a ‘Global-Local’ value proposition, giving customers access to its carrier-class global infrastructure and world-class expertise. An important part of this ‘Global-Local’ value proposition is CITIC Telecom CPC’s local presence – offering professional services and support conversant with local language and culture.

    Established by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2000, ASTRI’s mission is to carry out applied research to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s technology-based industries. ASTRI’s R&D endeavours focus on Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Health Technologies, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits.

    With a shared vision to spur innovation and enhance customer experience, the collaboration with ASTRI not only creates new opportunities for CITIC Telecom CPC, but also benefits a wide spectrum of vertical industries.

    “We are excited to announce this strategic partnership with ASTRI to develop next-generation operations and maintenance technologies using AR glasses,” said Mr Stephen Ho, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC. “Bringing together the strong technical capabilities and innovative strengths of the two groups, CITIC Telecom CPC hopes that the resulting innovation will disrupt the game rules of operations and maintenance, enhance productivity and create value for our customers for years to come.”

    “ASTRI supports Hong Kong’s industries and the community with advanced, innovative solutions. With technologies like AR, Machine Vision, Robotics and AI, we enable industries to deliver better customer experience and pursue innovation-led growth,” said Mr Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI. “This cooperation with CITIC Telecom CPC represents our firm commitment to a stronger, smarter Hong Kong powered by technology,” he added.

    Based on the agreement, ASTRI will contribute with its world-class software development capabilities while CITIC Telecom CPC will leverage its deep knowledge and experience gained from serving various industries, to provide an array of complex scenarios based on real-life customer requirements, on-site conditions and technical considerations.

    Previously, field engineers, like those from CITIC Telecom CPC, relied on several computing devices like smartphones and laptops for installation, maintenance and troubleshooting. This typically consumed significant time and efforts to simultaneously manage and use multiple devices. By introducing AR glasses in their fieldwork, real-time intelligence, troubleshooting log, graphics and encrypted data from back-end systems can be streamed and made accessible onsite to engineers anytime, anywhere.

    In the case of complex installations or troubleshooting operations, back-end engineers in other offices or even other regions can view the streamed real-time images transmitted from the AR glasses used by onsite field engineers through the AR operation console. This instant consultation capability significantly improves operational speed and quality. Its powerful video conferencing feature will provide engineers with immediate maintenance support and foster off-site collaboration between global operations and maintenance teams.

    In addition to enhancing customer experience, this collaboration is expected to improve the overall quality of operations and maintenance, and boost productivity by 40 to 50%. When mature, the solution is expected to be launched to different vertical industries such as architecture and construction, aiming to boost their field work efficiency and effectiveness, as well as making more innovative uses of the solution.

    Three New AI R&D Initiatives to Bring In More Customer Benefits

    In addition to the partnership with ASTRI, CITIC Telecom CPC also announced three major new AI-enabled R&D initiatives to accelerate customers’ digital transformation through Recommender System, AI-powered Predictive Maintenance, and an Augmented Operation Initiative designed to enhance operational efficiency.

    Recommender System: To identify new growth paths for customers, CITIC Telecom CPC is developing a Recommender System, a new AI-enabled capability to offer customers consultative recommendations on ICT investment and digital transformation. Through machine learning, research findings of emerging trends and information from different industries are gathered and mapped against industry challenges, maturity cycle, technical requirements, and compliance considerations of the company’s vast global customer base for analysis. The AI recommender will provide customers with guidance, helping them formulate a future-proof blueprint for digital transformation and business expansion, ensuring they will enjoy the best service experience.

    Predictive Maintenance: Fault detection in the early stages of an issue is critical to reduce costly unscheduled downtime, maintenance costs and sustain customer confidence. With CITIC Telecom CPC’s new predictive maintenance initiative, data collected from customers’ IoT devices and servers, from applications to infrastructure levels, can be carefully monitored and analysed 24×7 based on machine learning for the use status and abnormalities. This allows prompt alert and immediate corrective measures or repair to be applied to mitigate potential issues like depleted resources or abnormal operating conditions before they emerge to ensure business continuity.

    Augmented Operation Initiative: CITIC Telecom CPC is also developing a machine learning strategy to optimise operating efficiency for their customer services. The initiative aims to connect front-line customer services staff into the digital fabric of the company and delivers augmented instructions which give the staff insights to take appropriate actions. It results in achieving a high level of productivity and quality, while from a customer experience perspective, they can enjoy promptly and favourable responses.

    “Through the partnership project with ASTRI as well as other new R&D initiatives, we endeavour to bring CITIC Telecom CPC to new heights – delivering a new level of benefits for our customers and society. We believe that technologies can lead to enhancements in various aspects, and smart use of technologies can create a better future,” concluded Mr Daniel Kwong, Chief Information and Innovation Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC.

    Mr Stephen Ho, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC (Right) and Mr Hugh Chow, CEO of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) today announced plans to join forces on research and development for next-generation operations and maintenance technologies using Augmented Reality (AR) glasses

    Experts at Cybersecurity Forum organised by ASTRI urge enterprises to “get stronger cyber-defence not only for survival, but also for growth”

  • [Hong Kong, 18 April 2019] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) organised the ‘Cybersecurity Forum: The Next-Gen Defence against Cyber-Threats on the second day of the Internet Economy Summit 2019.

    Cybersecurity is a key concern in the digital era – that is the inevitable way of life for individuals and businesses alike. The forum explored tools and strategies for better preparedness in that context – including regulatory and compliance issues, professional approach to cybersecurity, securing cloud and other trusted services, and safeguarding businesses against increasingly sophisticated cyber-crimes.

    In his welcome remark, Dr Martin Szeto, Chief Operating Officer of ASTRI, said, “As a major global economic hub, Hong Kong must safeguard its financial activities and assets, to drive future growth and prosperity. We can secure our valuable information, processes and systems by building a strong pipeline of cybersecurity research, applications and talents.”

    Dr Lucas Hui, ASTRI’s Senior Director of Security and Data Sciences presented an overview of Cyberscecurity – followed by four eminent experts from Hong Kong, Mainland and overseas – and shared views and insights on the all-encompassing cybersecurity landscape and ecosystem. The other speakers were: Mr Stefan Eigler, Practice Leader Mastering Risk & Compliance of TÜV Rheinland; Ms Samantha Alexander, Principal Accreditor of the global cybersecurity certification body CREST; Dr Qingni Shen, Professor and Vice Director of the Department of Cybersecurity in Peking University, and Dr Frank Law, Senior Superintendent of the Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force.

    The speakers later took part in a panel discussion – joined by Mr Teddy Ko, Managing Director of Singapore Telecom Hong Kong; Mr Frankie Li, Security Analyst of Dragon Advance Tech Consulting; and Mr Wilson Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation. The panellists had an interactive sharing with the audience, discussing tactics for businesses to embrace modern cybersecurity challenges.

    Well over 200 tech experts, public and private sector representatives, aspiring entrepreneurs and investors participated in the forum. Hosted by ASTRI, it was one of the thematic forums during the Internet Economy Summit 2019, which was organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and Cyberport.

     

    About ASTRI

    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 Advanced Digital Systems, Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Intelligent Sensing Technology System, Intelligent Software and Systems, and Security and Data Sciences. Our R&D strategic focus covers five areas of applications: Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Health Technologies, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits through our mandate as the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC).

    ASTRI organised the ‘Cybersecurity Forum: The Next-Gen Defence against Cyber-Threats’ on the second day of the Internet Economy Summit 2019

     

    ASTRI’s innovations win 21 international accolades in Geneva

  • [13 April 2019, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) continued its streak of success at the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva. This year, in the 47th edition of this event, ASTRI won 21 awards including four Gold Medals with Congratulations of the Jury, seven Gold medals, nine Silver medals and one Bronze medal.

    The four ASTRI projects winning Gold Medals with Congratulations of the Jury are: Enhanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) with International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Acquisition; Separator Coated with Self Shutdown Layer of High Porosity for Lithium Ion Battery; Compact Spectrometer Having Reflective Wedge Structure; and Medical Image Data Analytics Platform.

    ASTRI’s accolades are among the awards won by the Hong Kong delegation of around 42 institutions and universities. This is a remarkable feat given that it is only the second time ASTRI has participated in this global event.

    Mr Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI, said, “ASTRI is honoured and delighted to stand out among many world-class inventors and institutions with 21 prestigious awards. This recognition of ASTRI’s innovative endeavours once again demonstrates our R&D expertise and capability. While the city has increasingly embraced innovation and technology development in recent years, ASTRI continues to leverage its technical know-how to develop more applied solutions that benefit the public and the industries.”

    The awards won by ASTRI are:

    Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury

    1. Enhanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) with International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Acquisition
    2. Separator Coated with Self Shutdown Layer of High Porosity for Lithium Ion Battery
    3. Compact Spectrometer Having Reflective Wedge Structure
    4. Medical Image Data Analytics Platform

    Gold Medal

    5. High accuracy low power time and frequency synchronisation methods for Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication system
    6. Nomadic Mobile Base Station for Emergency Service
    7. Three Dimensional Fully Molded Power Electronics Module for High Power Applications and the Method Thereof
    8. Intelligent industry robot: 3D vision & cognition
    9. Integrated Bi-sensing Optical Structure for Head Mounted Display
    10. Efficient and Robust Human Detection/Tracking Method and System with Video Input
    11. Mobile Biometrics Authentication Technology

    Silver Medal

    12. Sampling frequency offset tracking based on decision feedback channel estimation
    13. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Network, Security and Positioning
    14. Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) System for Road Safety and Smart Mobility Applications
    15. 3D Power Device Packages for High Frequency Power Conversion
    16. Micro-nano Structured Nano-size Aggregate Encapsulated in Micro-size Conglomerate for Conductivity Electrode
    17. Method for Error Correction for a Multicast Message
    18. Multi-location Learning Activity State Management for Distance Education
    19. Machine Learning Artificial Character Generation
    20. Efficient and Accurate Named Entity Recognition Method and System

    Bronze Medal

    21. Modified Pseudo-Cylindrical Mapping of Spherical Video Using Linear Interpolation of Empty Areas for Compression of Streamed Images

    The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva is organised annually jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the Swiss Federal Government, the State, and the City of Geneva. It is acknowledged as the most prestigious and coveted event for inventors around the world. This year, around 1,000 new inventions and products have been showcased by more than 800 exhibitors from 40 countries and territories. Well over 31,000 visitors from all five continents made this the single largest innovation expo in the world.

    ASTRI’s innovations won 21 international accolades in Geneva

    ASTRI’s Cervical Cancer Screening Management innovation honoured at Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019

  • [4 April 2019, Hong Kong] The Cervical Cancer Screening Management System (CCSMS) developed by the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has won the Smart Living (Smart Healthcare) Silver Award at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019. The awards presentation ceremony, officiated by Mrs Carrie Lam – Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR – took place on 4 April 2019.

    ASTRI’s CCSMS is a convenient, effective and accurate scalable computer-aided diagnostic platform. The CCSMS application enables the user to process and view medical images from different vendors and image formats, provides diagnosis recommendations for the doctor’s reference. It also allows healthcare professionals to have remote medical diagnosis. The solution has been commercialised through one of the largest diagnostic service providers in the Mainland China and Hong Kong.

    Health Technologies (HealthTech) form one of the five pillars in ASTRI’s innovation strategy. Commenting on this award-winning project, ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow said, “Our HealthTech strategy aims to increase the efficiency of healer services, enhance and personalise medical services, and ultimately improve the quality of people’s lives. Through new applications of CCSMS, ASTRI works to contribute the improvement in Hong Kong’s healthcare industry and positively influence the city’s technological competence – for the benefit of its people.”

    The Hong Kong ICT Awards was established in 2006 which aims at recognising and promoting outstanding information and communications technology (ICT) inventions and applications, thereby encouraging innovation and excellence among Hong Kong’s ICT talents and enterprises in their constant pursuit of creative and better solutions to meet business and social needs.

    ASTRI’s Cervical Cancer Screening Management innovation has been honoured at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019

    ASTRI leads in 5G and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies, joins Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the 8th Year

  • [25 February 2019, Hong Kong] ASTRI is showcasing a series of its latest 5G communications technologies at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019 from 25-28 February 2019. Collaborating with Anktion (Fujian) Technology Co. Ltd. (previously known as Sunnada Network), Intel Corporation, Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) Inc, Fu Huake Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Foxconn Industrial Internet Co. Ltd.), Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight Technologies and Spirent Communications, ASTRI is performing joint technology demonstrations/showcases at multiple partners’ booths.

    MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.The theme of this year’s event is ‘Intelligent Connectivity – the term which uses to describe the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data.

     

    ASTRI’s Communications Technologies R&D team, from left: Alex Mui, Director of Networking Software; Justin Chuang, Vice President of Next Generation Network, Eric Tsang, Director of Baseband solutions; and Victor Kwan, Deputy Director, 5G Wireless Systems
    ASTRI is performing joint technology demonstrations at Intel’s booth
    ASTRI is showcasing its 5G micro cell and Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) base station architectures with partners’ Remote Radio Unit (RRU) at the Hong Kong Technology Pavilion

     

    Technologies that ASTRI is showcasing at the MWC Barcelona 2019 include:

    5G Micro Cell

    ASTRI’s 5G micro cell provides a low-power and cost-efficient solution using NXP LX2160A ARM processors. The solution includes ASTRI’s ARM-based 5G physical layer software. ASTRI also realises CU-DU splitting with data path acceleration on LX2160A to support high throughput non-standalone (NSA) deployment.

    Two demonstrations are being presented on the show:

    • The first demonstration showcases ASTRI’s 5G micro cell ARM-based physical layer integrated with Fu Huake’s 5G eCPRI Remote Radio Unit (RRU). The solution can also be connected to Anktion’s 5G CPRI RRU with PCIe-CPRI conversion card. Keysight DSAV334A Infiniium V-Series Oscilloscope and 89600 VSA software for 5G NR modulation analysis will be used to demodulate and verify the four-layer 256QAM 5G NR standard compliant signal.
    • The second demonstration showcases ASTRI’s NSA micro cell with CU-DU splitting architecture. ASTRI has integrated NSA Central Unit (CU) on NXP LX2160A with data path acceleration. The CU connects to 4G and 5G Distributed Units (DUs) with up to 2 Gbps eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband) throughput for 5G traffic.

     

    5G Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Base Station

    ASTRI’s 5G C-RAN base station includes the L1 design based on Intel Xeon processor, integrated with Aricent L2/3, Anktion’s 5G CPRI RRU with PCIe-CPRI conversion card, and Fu Huake’s 5G eCPRI RRU. With ’STRI’s leading L1 design such as FPGA based LDPC decoder and up to four layers MIMO, the 5G C-RAN base station supports up to 2 Gbps throughput. The total solution offers a complete flexible and scalable 5G sub-6GHz base station reference design for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Network Equipment Providers (NEP) for developing commercial-grade products – enabling them to effectively seize market opportunities. In the demonstration, ASTRI C-RAN base station forms 5G Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) data link with ASTRI UE 5G emulator. Radio units are based on Anktion’s 5G CPRI RRU and PCIe-CPRI conversion card solution. The 5G standard compliant signal is verified with an R&S RTO2000 oscilloscope and the R&S VSE-K144 vector signal explorer software for 5G NR measurements.

    Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) Base Station

    ASTRI’s NB-IoT base station solution is powered by its NB-IoT L1 software. The software is based on cost-efficient and low-power NXP BSC913x System-on-Chip (SoC). The solution has been integrated with Aricent’s L2/3 protocol stack and Anktion’s Operations Management and Maintenance (OAM) system to provide a complete NB-IoT base station reference design. The on-site demonstration includes the integration of ASTRI’s NB-IoT base station with a commercial NB-IoT EPC as well as NB-IoT dongles to support the end-to-end network NB data streaming. This reference design can support China Mobile NB-IoT QSite requirements and is ready for commercialisation.

    5G Standalone (SA) Core Network with Service Based Architecture (SBA)

    5G Core Network provides the essential flexibility to support different 5G applications and scenarios. ASTRI is performing live demonstration of its 5G Standalone (SA) Core on Intel x86 server. ASTRI’s 5G SA core complies with the new network architecture in 3GPP release 15 standards, with new capabilities of Control User Plane Separation (CUPS), Distributed User Plane (UPF), Service-based Architecture (SBA) support and flow-based QoS.  ASTRI’s 5G SA core can scale up to 200Gbps on a single x86 server. It supports cloud native deployment with containers support, cloud scale load balancing and scaling, log/metrics/alarms management as well as visualisation.

    Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) Software System with Roadside Video Analytics for Road Safety and Traffic Management

    C-V2X technology plays a key role in facilitating interactions between vehicles, road users, and roadside infrastructure – enabling smart mobility applications.  ASTRI will demonstrate its C-V2X Software System that leverages capabilities such as rapid object recognition (e.g. pedestrians) and traffic situation detection. Using C-V2X technology, the system can detect imminent danger on roads, and issue real-time alerts like pedestrian crossing to drivers.  To minimise the latency, the video analysis algorithm is executed on ASTRI’s C-V2X Edge system, and the results are communicated between multiple C-V2X Road Side Units (RSUs) through direct Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. This technology enhances road safety and traffic management, and brings significant benefits to road users and ordinary residents.

    Next-Generation Central Office

    As an ecosystem partner on the Next-Generation Central Office (NGCO) supported by Intel and QCT.  ASTRI incorporated the Next Generation Mobile Core Network into the NGCO architecture. It enables network transformation of traditional central offices at both the core networks and the edge to pave the way for 5G. For more details, please visit the NGCO showcases and refer to the recently published whitepaper: https://goo.gl/3bZzbc .

    China Mobile Hong Kong Partners with ASTRI and HKSTP to Accelerate Smart City Development in Hong Kong

  • First Network Provider in Hong Kong to Complete 5G Commercial Equipment Base Station Field Testing; Plans to Conduct the Autonomous Vehicle Trial, as Hong Kong Moves towards the 5G Era

    China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced the signing of a strategic agreement to collaborate in research and development of 5G technology, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) data exchange, and other technologies to help accelerate Hong Kong’s development in establishing a Smart City. At the same time, CMHK is partnering with Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) on various 5G technology-related projects at Hong Kong Science Park including an autonomous vehicle trial.

    As one of the city’s leading mobile communications brands, CMHK has been supporting the development of Smart City in Hong Kong. Through the strategic cooperation with ASTRI, Hong Kong’s largest applied science and technology research centre, CMHK will fund ASTRI’s research and development of an edge computing platform, which will potentially overcome the inadequacies of cloud computing, while enabling even faster data processing and analysis to support ultra-low latency applications such as autonomous vehicles. CMHK and ASTRI also plan to conduct an autonomous vehicle trial over 6 to 12 months at Hong Kong Science Park, to facilitate the system’s awareness monitoring within the 5G networks and to initiate research on related technologies.

    Announced earlier, CMHK is the first network provider to complete the Commercial Equipment Field-Testing of 28GHz 5G base stations and antenna in Hong Kong, carried out at Science Park. In these tests, the 5G network was connected to the 5G routers, which allowed non-5G mobile phones to connect to the Internet with connection speeds of up to 500Mbps*. The test was also demonstrated at the “[email protected] Kong: Our Smart City Journey” Conference today, symbolising a milestone in the collaboration between CMHK and HKSTP on 5G technology development. In addition, CMHK plans to relocate its 5G Innovation Centre “Hong Kong Open Lab” to Hong Kong Science Park in the first quarter of 2019, to join the innovation and technology ecosystem at the Park and further develop 5G mobile service applications.

    CMHK is also actively exploring other innovative 5G-related applications, such as applying AR/VR in entertainment and education. Other applications, such as palm print and facial recognition systems that apply biometric and AI image analysis, are expected to be utilised in payment tools and high-security authentication systems in the future.

    Mr Sean Lee, Director and Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile Hong Kong, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with ASTRI and HKSTP. The promotion and development of 5G are important elements in establishing Hong Kong as a Smart City. We proactively cooperate with different industries and apply 5G to advance our designs and services to promote Smart City development in Hong Kong. Concurrently, we also promote the nurturing of next-generation innovation and technology talents. Last October, the China Mobile OneNET Start-ups Marathon Competition was introduced in Hong Kong for the first time. We hope to create more opportunities for local talents to join the science and technology industry through this competition. We also hope to take the lead and attract more local companies to join and support those who have dreams in innovation. We encourage young people in Hong Kong to join the creative and innovation industry, cultivate more talent for Hong Kong, and contribute to the establishment of Hong Kong into a technology-leading smart city.”

    Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said: “The evolution of Smart City will bring significant opportunities for sustainable economic development in Hong Kong and our neighbouring areas. I believe our collaboration with CMHK will deliver fruitful results, advance the development of the innovation technology ecosystem, establish Hong Kong as an international innovation centre, and steer towards the Hong Kong Government’s innovation-led vision.”

    Mr Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said: “Hong Kong Science Park provides an ideal living laboratory for innovative solutions and leading technologies, with Smart City being one of the strategic focus areas of HKSTP. We are pleased to see that 5G technology has achieved positive trial results at the Park. We will continue to work with our partners in the innovation and technology ecosystem to promote the co-creation and applications of 5G technologies in various scopes, and achieve Hong Kong’s vision of a Smart City through joint efforts. ”

    CMHK established the 5G Innovation Centre Hong Kong Open Lab in Kwai Chung in March 2018, and became the first network provider to receive the 5G trial permit in Hong Kong. The 5G test results were announced on 27 July 2018, with CMHK the first network provider in Hong Kong to successfully complete end-to-end 5G network testing (client terminal to application) – using 5G routers to allow the 5G network to browse Internet websites. CMHK will soon launch several new technologies to promote smart city development in Hong Kong, and shape the future with 5G network.

    *The data is according to the Office of Communications Authority’s OFCA speed test.

    China Mobile Hong Kong, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) today announced multiple collaborations related to 5G at the “[email protected] Kong: Our Smart City Journey” Conference.

     

    CMHK and ASTRI plan to conduct an autonomous vehicle trial at Hong Kong Science Park

    New World Collaborates with ASTRI to Create Hong Kong’s First Property-Purchase Blockchain Platform With BOCHK as First Participating Bank

  • Saving Time and Resources through PropTech in Smart City with Property-Purchase 2.0

    (20 February 2019, Hong Kong) New World Development Company Limited (NWD) today announces the creation of Hong Kong’s first property-purchase blockchain platform, in collaboration with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI). Bank of China (Hong Kong) (BOCHK) is the first bank to participate and apply the new platform to its services. Advanced blockchain technology allows the platform to provide an all-in-one support service to buyers, banks and related bodies. With the collaboration, PropTech (Property Technology) is the breakthrough that will fundamentally reshape Hong Kong’s real estate industry, saving time and resources in the property-buying process. First-time buyers will soon enjoy a fast and convenient user experience in the new era of Property-Purchase 2.0, coming on-stream in the second quarter of 2019.

    Building on the success of FinTech in the financial sector, PropTech heralds a revolution in Hong Kong’s real estate industry. Mr. Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of NWD, said, “In the past 30 years, the real estate market has very rarely seen high technology introduced into the purchasing process. Traditionally, buyers, real estate developers, banks and law firms all work separately – until now, there has been no one-stop platform to connect all parties. Today, NWD and ASTRI have created the first and brand-new cross-sector platform, with BOCHK as the first participating bank. The new PropTech platform’s greatest advantage is to open up the entire real estate industry chain; it also marks the first implementation of blockchain technology into the real estate industry. This is a landmark in revolutionising the traditional model while remaining fully in sync with the government’s vision in creating a smart city and a new era of PropTech.”

    Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said, “Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT – also known as Blockchain technology) could fundamentally change the dynamics of the property sector – making it more efficient, resilient and reliable. Blockchain is a major focus area within ASTRI’s overall R&D efforts – catering to FinTech applications and other industrial sectors. We are pleased to work with New World Development in leveraging Blockchain technology, relying on PropTech as a strong boost to the innovation-led growth of Hong Kong’s property sector. It will help to enhance the operational efficiency of developers, bring convenience and security to consumers and benefit the entire ecosystem of the property sector.”

    Mrs Ann Kung, Deputy Chief Executive of BOCHK, said, “BOCHK is committed to supporting and driving the development of financial technology in order to provide convenient services for the general public. NWD has collaborated with ASTRI to introduce the first property-purchase blockchain platform in Hong Kong, which helps enhance customer experience by offering a seamless integration of mortgage services in our customers’ property purchase journey. We are delighted to be the first bank in Hong Kong to use the platform. Going forward, we will continue to drive innovation and promote customer-oriented Fintech services.”

    The revolutionary advantage of integrating blockchain technology into the property-buying platform is that it allows an unprecedented reduction of time and work between signing the provisional agreement and finalising the deal. The one-stop blockchain platform can save up to 8 hours on a transaction by integrating all the time-consuming intermediary steps: the filling-in of long and complex application documents, the tedious back-and-forth between banks and lawyers, and the time-consuming research into information about mortgage loans. Moreover, the one-stop platform benefits service providers and saves around 47 hours of work. The entire industry chain will save around 55 hours in total.  

     

    Mr Adrian Cheng (Centre), Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of NWD, Mrs Ann Kung (Right), Deputy Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong), and Mr Hugh Chow (Left), Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, announced the collaboration to work together in the new era of ‘Property-Purchase 2.0’.

     

    Six Key Advantages of Combining PropTech and Blockchain Technology

    1. 24/7 Streamlined Service with no Restrictions on Time or Location  

    With the aid of the new high-end encrypted network, buyers, property developers, banks and related bodies will break away from traditional procedures and will benefit from the seamless integration of each element in the whole industry chain. Completely free from location restrictions, buyers will be able to enjoy a far faster and more user-friendly service with easy access to all information, also benefitting from regular status updates on mortgage applications and procedures.

    2. Saving 6 Hours in Mortgage Application Procedures
    First-time buyers are usually directly involved in comparing mortgage proposals from at least four banks, a process which requires repetitive, complex and extensive paper work. The blockchain platform will send the purchaser’s authorised, encrypted and digitally signed provisional agreement to the selected banks, saving buyers at least six hours of following up with the different banks, and thus dramatically shortening the time spent in the application process.

    3. Instant Intelligence – Keeping Buyers on Track
    First-time buyers have to sign legal documents and complete payments in a given time-frame. It is easy to miss transfer deadlines or leave out certain steps, and this can lead to unnecessary loss and delay. Buyers also need to follow up with lawyers to get updates on status, each transaction needing at least 15 phone calls on average, thus resulting in considerable inconvenience to buyers. The blockchain platform incorporates procedural notifications to remind buyers of important dates such as the settlement of deposits, key agreement dates, and final submission of formal paperwork. The new platform allows a brand-new hassle-free purchase experience for all customers, where buyers can easily access instant updates and relevant information, saving around 2 hours during the process.

    4. Quick Digital Verification of Buyer’s Information
    Under the old model, developers, banks and related bodies each needed to input the buyers’ information and verify it manually and separately. All information required painstaking input and verification by hand. But in the new system, buyers can authorise banks and related bodies to access their securely encrypted information through the blockchain platform. This can drastically reduce time and procedures, making the process far more efficient.

    5. Environmentally Friendly and Paperless Procedures
    In the past, whether for bank mortgage application, a lawyer’s preparatory document, or a developer’s progress report, if buyers were applying mortgages with four different banks, it was necessary to print a large number of documents involving at least 120 sheets of paper. With the introduction of the blockchain platform, all parties can reduce unnecessary document printing, and the entire process become far more environmentally friendly, while saving precious time and resources.

    6. Open Up More Exciting Possibilities for the Real Estate Industry
    NWD is active in reforming traditional industries. Last year, we created a brand-new online registration service for first-time buyers. We introduced initial deposit by credit card to replace cheque payment, thus eliminating wasted time for buyers forced to wait in bank queues. In these ways and more, our blockchain platform will reshape the whole real estate industry and establish a new era: Property-Purchase 2.0.

    BOCHK is the first bank to participate in the property-purchase blockchain platform in Hong Kong. NWD invites other banks to join the platform so that a wider range of mortgage plans can be offered to new NWD property buyers, satisfying their diverse needs more effectively.

    Safe and Reliable Blockchain Technology  
    Blockchain is an innovative technology. It utilises a distributed system to verify each transaction so that transfers are guaranteed to be safe and secure. Information held on a blockchain exists as a database, shared by buyers, sellers, banks and lawyers. The records are truly public, transparent and traceable so it is difficult for a transaction record to be corrupted. Information security is thereby greatly enhanced.