September 25, 2020

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HK government tech lab launches identity recognition solution

Hong Kong’s Smart Government Innovation Lab recently announced that it is looking for companies to apply to acquire and deploy a solution developed by one of its supported ventures.

Solution description

A National ID card or Travel Document is an essential proof of one’s identity. Finding ways to verify and retrieve the information of these document in an automatic way presents a challenge to many organizations including hotels, travel agencies, banking and finances, insurance companies, consulate generals, immigration departments, custom and exercise departments, police forces as well as airport authorities.

By adopting this technology, organisations can prevent human error during data manipulation and speed up the application processing time.

The firm that developed this solution offers a comprehensive identity recognition solution which helps organisations retrieve custom required information from the identity document extremely rapidly.

In addition, the firm can capture the identification document as proof that the owner will comply with local security regulations in one go. Besides, the firm also offers a mobile OCR solution available for mobile phones. It offers organisations a mobility solution.

Application Areas

The solution can be applied in the areas of City Management, Health, Law and Security, Population, Recreation and Culture as well as Social Welfare.

Technologies Used

The solution employs Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning as well as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

Use case

The solution can be applicable across many venues and places including hotels, travel agencies, banking and finance firms, insurance companies, governmental departments, custom and exercise departments, police forces and airport authorities.

About the Smart Government Innovation Lab

In 2018, the Government established the Smart Government Innovation Lab to explore hi-tech products such as AI and relevant technologies, including machine learning, big data analytics, cognitive systems and intelligent agent, as well as blockchain and robotics from firms, especially local start-ups.

The Lab is always on the lookout for innovation and technology (I&T) solutions that are conducive to enhancing public services or their operational effectiveness.

I&T suppliers are encouraged to regularly visit the Lab’s website to check on the current business and operational needs in public service delivery and propose innovative solutions or product suggestions to address them.

The Lab was established to help the HKSAR government achieve its smart city goals which are laid out in its Smart City Blueprint – its policy objectives under smart city development are:

  • make use of innovation and technology (I&T) to address urban challenges, enhance the effectiveness of city management and improve people’s quality of living as well as Hong Kong’s sustainability, efficiency and safety;
  • enhance Hong Kong’s attractiveness to global businesses and talents; and
  • inspire continuous city innovation and sustainable economic development.

The government has commissioned a comprehensive consultancy study which has made short-, medium- and long-term recommendations in six major areas, namely: “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, “Smart Environment”, “Smart People”, “Smart Government” and “Smart Economy”.

The aim is to embrace innovation and technology to build a world-famed Smart Hong Kong characterised by a strong economy and high quality of living.