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HKSTP sets up new sensor lab

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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) recently announced that it has taken a further step in accelerating the development of the sensor industry in Hong Kong by setting up a new Sensor Lab at Hong Kong Science Park.

The new laboratory offers dedicated cleanroom facilities, equipment and tools that will assist partner companies in carrying out design and piloting production trials and testing for sensor prototypes.

The first partner company of the Sensor Lab is a Kong-based start-up that is developing thermal imaging sensors for commercial application. The partnership with HKSTP is expected to spread awareness of their experiments on the next generation of their signature product, SenXorTM.

Currently, there is a strong growth momentum in the use of small and sophisticated sensors into different technology areas such as AI, robotics and IoT, driving many emerging applications in various industries, from advanced manufacturing to healthcare.

In the development cycles of these sensors, the pilot run of design, prototyping and testing are critical, before moving on to the final production.

To support the pilot run of the entire sensor development cycle, the Sensor Lab provides a shared class 100 and class 1000 cleanroom, equipped with a range of hardware and software tools to allow basic processing steps in micro/ nano sensor development, such as deposition, lithography, etching, packaging and characterisation.

In addition, HKSTP is partnering with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Genvida to provide R&D technical support that will drive co-development of advanced sensor technologies.

The CEO of HKSTP stated that Hong Kong is going through a new era of re-industrialisation, with a strong focus on advanced manufacturing. This, in turn, is fostering the rapid growth of the micro/nano sensor industry. While Science Park has been playing the role of a living laboratory to test sensor technologies in real-world environments with its Sensor Hub initiative, the Park is now stepping up to provide a fuller range of infrastructure, tools and support services via the Sensor Lab.

This facility is dedicated to accelerating the R&D and pilot production capabilities of the Park’s start-ups and SMEs for new sensor products in Hong Kong. The move is expected to both nurture the growing sensor community at the Park and empower their collaborations and co-creation to achieve even more success.

The sensor tech firm is incubatee in Science Park is the first partner company of the Sensor Lab to have gained remarkable R&D progress, as a result of utilising the facility. They have set up their Hong Kong office in Science Park specifically for the availability of cleanroom facilities, as well as business advice from mentors and incubation funding support.

The Co-founder of the start-up noted that the well-equipped cleanroom in the Sensor Lab was a strong pulling factor driving us to set foot in Science Park, allowing the start-up to focus its time and resources on R&D. So far, the firm has achieved many successful experiments in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Wafer Level Vacuum Packaging processes. HKSTP provides the firm with the right, especially the high calibre I&T talents who graduated from local universities here.

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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