February 23, 2024

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HK Government Tech Lab Launches New Solutions

Two tech companies operating under the Hong Kong Smart Government Innovation Lab have launched new solutions that are now ready to be acquired by companies and institutions.

Solution I – AI-Powered Building Façade Inspection Tech

Description

Like most cities across the globe, Hong Kong has many ageing buildings that require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure they are up to safety codes. The conventional manual approach to the inspection of tall buildings is unsafe, time-consuming and costly.

Thus, the tech firm has developed a novel automated drone-based inspection solution using AI. In this approach which is quantitative as opposed to the qualitative traditional method, a large number of high-resolution visual images are used to map the building envelope in detail. To store, process and analyse such data cloud computing and big data analytics tools are deployed. Custom-built AI models are used for defect detection and the generation of inspection reports. The solution reduces the complexity, time and cost associated with the traditional building inspection process drastically.

Application Areas

The solution was developed to be applied across the areas of City Management, Housing, Infrastructure, Building Inspection as well as Drone Survey methods.

Technologies Used

The solution employs the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Video Analytics, Big Data as well as Infrared Analytics.

Use Case

The proposed solution has been designed to help in the management of a city like Hong Kong. Approximately one-third of the over 42,000 buildings in Hong Kong are estimated to be more than 65 years by the year 2040. As these buildings continue to age, the need for continual inspection and maintenance heightens. However, this means that the risks increase as well (e.g., incidents of falling objects and other safety-related incidents).

The company’s inspection solution provides an efficient and lower-cost way of monitoring the condition of the building and taking necessary preventive maintenance action. For example, once the inspection of a building establishes the baseline of its condition, the same can be used to compare with subsequent inspection results automatically and diagnose changes in defects, addition/alterations, repair works, etc. This can be included as part of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme implemented by the Government of Hong Kong in 2012 which calls for periodic inspection of buildings to ensure safety.

The system can also help in mapping any city to locate the ageing buildings and classify them into safety-deficient, functionally deficient, aesthetically-deficient or not-deficient categories. The timely inspection, identification of defects and overall condition of buildings can lead to predictive and preventive repair and maintenance. It is expected that with growing urbanisation worldwide, implementation of such AI-powered digital technology will make built infrastructure safer, greener and smarter.

Solution II – Urban Traffic Management Solutions

Description

This tech firm presents two solutions – the Smart Intersection system and the Intelligent Corridor system.

The Smart Intersection, which is currently operational on the corner of Victoria Parade and Brunswick Street, Carlton, Melbourne, is equipped with the tech firm’s latest ANPR sensor configured as a ‘Yellow Box’ detector to provide traffic detection of vehicles blocking busy ‘yellow box’ intersections to prevent incursions into a yellow box and blocking oncoming traffic.

This technology enables the City of Melbourne to test new mobility strategies in a real-world environment – with a special focus on improving safety standards and the latest congestion reducing technologies to reduce time spent in stopped traffic.

Any third-party CCTV camera can be integrated with the firm’s Deep Learning Versatile Platform (DLVP), which annotates video streams in providing ‘traffic insights’ to operators on a variety of very valuable datasets to provide an accurate picture of what’s going on in real-time at busy intersections.

The Intelligent Corridor utilises the firm’s Mobility suite including its Deep Learning Versatile Platform (DLVP), EcoTrafiX – Urban Mobility Management, and its Mobility Data Platform (MDP) a data fusion platform for advanced analytics. These elements combine with existing and new roadside technology to provide any transport operator with the change levers needed to create an effective and efficient multi-model ecosystem.

Application Areas

The solution was developed to be applied across City Management, Development, Infrastructure as well as Transport.

Technologies Used

The solution employs the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotic Process Automation as well as Video Analytics.

Use Case

Currently, the majority of the above challenges can arise due to a lack of enforcement, particularly via an automated solution. The tech company’s Deep Learning Versatile Platform (DLVP) is a comprehensive ecosystem enabling complex traffic monitoring and traffic management applications driven by artificial intelligence.

The system has been built in a highly flexible way; its deep learning component can be trained quickly and efficiently to customer-specific needs. The platform translates visual input into digital data – this data is analysed and processed in real-time to trigger manifold actions and generate dynamic reports.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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