February 26, 2024

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ASTRI Collaborating to Advance Hong Kong’s Smart City Vision

Image Credits: ASTRI, Press Release

The ASTRI Technovation Centre (ATC) was launched in the presence of the Secretary for Security; the Commissioner of Police; the Director of Crime & Security, the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF); the Commissioner of Correctional Services; the Director of Fire Services; the Deputy Commissioner of Customs & Excise (Control and Enforcement); and the Assistant Director (Information Systems) of Immigration Department.

The event showcased the collaboration between ASTRI and the disciplined services, as they join forces to advance research and development initiatives, with the ultimate goal of establishing Hong Kong as a leading international smart city.

The opening events of the state-of-the-art ASTRI Technovation Centre (ATC) brought together the Security Bureau and Disciplined services, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of the smart city agenda. ASTRI has consistently demonstrated its dedication to transforming Hong Kong into a globally recognised smart city, while disciplined services play a vital role in shaping the city’s fabric.

Through this collaborative effort, both entities aim to leverage their respective strengths effectively. By combining the disciplined services’ extensive experience in law enforcement with ASTRI’s expertise in technology development and transfer, a comprehensive range of smart research and development applications will be introduced. This joint endeavour will undoubtedly contribute to the accelerated development of Hong Kong as a smart city.

ASTRI presented joint projects developed in collaboration with the disciplined services, showcasing remarkable accomplishments that have received prestigious recognition. One such achievement is the 5G communication technology. Another is the “HoneyNet – Early Threat Hunting and Anticipation Network,” aimed at enhancing proactive threat detection capabilities.

Additionally, ASTRI has developed a state-of-the-art speech-to-text recognition engine named “飛謄,” specifically designed to handle voice records of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF). Furthermore, a document processing system has been implemented to streamline administrative procedures, resulting in increased efficiency.

Moving forward, ASTRI and the disciplined services are committed to further strengthening their research and development collaborations, with a particular focus on key areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and blockchain.

Through the delivery of advanced, efficient, and accurate R&D applications, their joint efforts aim to simplify complex work procedures and empower law enforcement officers to effectively tackle future challenges. This collaborative approach will enhance operational efficiency, elevate service quality, and comprehensively improve the safety and stability of Hong Kong as a smart city.

The Chairman of ASTRI emphasised that the essential element of building a smart city is ensuring the safety and convenience of its citizens. In response to the increasing challenges, it is commendable to witness the disciplined services allocating resources towards the development of new technologies, aiming to enhance law enforcement efficiency and service quality. ASTRI is committed to sustaining its partnership with the Security Bureau and disciplined services, striving to deliver innovative solutions that effectively tackle societal challenges.

The CEO of ASTRI highlighted the past achievements resulting from the collaborative research and development efforts with disciplined services. Looking ahead, both ASTRI and the disciplined services will concentrate on addressing technological requirements related to manpower allocation and law enforcement.

By jointly exploring and developing cutting-edge technologies, their aim is to bolster the law enforcement department’s capabilities and enhance service efficiency through the implementation of smart applications. This endeavour aligns with the goal of transforming Hong Kong into a safe and globally recognised smart city, providing its citizens with an optimal environment for living and working.

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