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Hong Kong Showcases 5G Innovations

Image Credits: ASTRI, Press Release

The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) showcased its latest technologies at the PT EXPO China 2019 in Beijing.

The event, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is one of Asia’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event which explores exciting impacts of next-generation ICTs in various industries, as well as trends in the dynamic and fast-growing ICT market.

At the expo, ASTRI adopted the theme “Embracing 5G for Innovation and Intelligent Connectivity” and showcased technologies behind innovative solutions that enhance the competitive strengths of enterprises across Hong Kong, the Great Bay Area and international markets.

The innovations are detailed as follows:

Sr. No Technology demo Description
1 ASTRI end-to-end 5G systems supporting stand-alone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) networks ASTRI partnered with a tech firm to demonstrate data streaming with commercial 5G smartphone on its end-to-end 5G base station and 5G Core system.

  • ASTRI’s latest 5G base station solution is on NXP LX2160a platform, which provides a low power and cost-efficient solution for sub-6GHz, 100MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO base station products. The solution has been integrated with Remote Radio Units (RRU) from multiple vendors including the tech firm.
  • The solution supports both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) 3GPP standards with third parties Protocol Stack (PS) software. The highly programmable solution can be customized to drive different classes of base station platform such as standalone small cells and O-RAN white box hardware.
  • ASTRI’s 5G Core is based on Intel x86 platform, and 3GPP Rel. 15 complied with the compelling performance – processing over 200Gbps throughput on standard servers featuring two scalable Intel Xeon processors.
2 Smart mobility technologies ASTRI’s smart mobility technologies cover 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.
3 Intelligent Blockchain-based IoT Platform 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, Hong Kong and a Chinese mobile telecommunication company have partnered to introduce industry pioneer application of Blockchain-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology.


The platform uses a 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 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.

4 Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) Chip This demonstration showcased 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.
5 LoRaWAN Application ASTRI’s LoRaWAN system can use internal batteries to power the sensors, solving the problem of data collection in remote areas (no power, no solar energy). It has the characteristics of low power consumption, long transmission distance and easy installation. It can work continuously for 3 to 5 years depending on the internal battery. This project is supported by the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department (WSD) and Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD).
6 Smartphone Spectrometer ASTRI’s smartphone spectrometer becomes a powerful molecular analytical tool to ordinary consumers. It can obtain the spectrum with a snapshot and analyse the food composition or material quality conveniently.
7 4Kx2K UHD Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display ASTRI’s 4Kx2K UHD Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display (AR HMD) offers the unprecedented experience to users by the way that the display content superimposes over the real world.

The complete AR HMD solution combines the world’s first true 4Kx2K LCoS panel with ASTRI’s reference optical design to provide an industry-leading 70-degree-wide field of view. With this solution, ASTRI’s AR HMD provides the consumers with an extraordinary product experience across different user scenarios in a variety of application areas such as education, industrial and manufacturing, museum, engineering, retail and advertising.


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