February 21, 2024

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New solutions from HK government tech lab

In a series of release, the incubatees at Hong Kong’s Smart Government Innovation Lab have sustained relevant innovations amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently two other firms announced that their solution is now ready to be acquired by companies and institutions.

Solution one – Automatic Monitoring System (AMS)

The first solution was developed by South Instruments Technology Limited, an equipment supplier in Hong Kong. It is called the Automatic Monitoring System (AMS).

Solution description

The Automatic Monitoring System (AMS) includes a web-based application and different IoT geotechnical sensors such as Tilt, Vibration, Water Level & Crack as well as IoT Surveying Sensors such as GNSS & Robotic Total Station. Measurements from these IoT Sensors are sent to the AMS regularly via a mobile communication network (for example, 4G) and the data is processed and visualised in graphical format.

The IoT Sensor has a built-in battery which can last for weeks or months and be designed to support full time (24/7) automatic operation. Users can access the graphical data easily by mobile phone or PC using a browser. If the movement is out of the 3A (Alert Action Alarm) limit, an email or SMS will be sent to the concerned and related persons. Users can access the data anytime in anyplace for the latest update. This means that the need for on-site inspections, surveying and maintenance can be reduced. The solution is highly applicable in the current pandemic situation for this reason. Moreover, the system will continue running and users can access the gathered data from home.

Application Areas

The solution can be applied across the areas of City Management, Climate and Weather, Environment, Housing, Infrastructure as well as Transport.

Technologies Used

The solution employs Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobile Technologies.

Use case

8 GNSS was set up in the Kai Cheung Road Bridge (above Kai Fuk Road) to monitor the settlement of the bridge. 8 Tilt sensors were set up in 4 bridge columns and 4 abutments to monitor the movement. All data are sent to AMS. Engineers and surveyors of a government department, consultants and contractors can access the AMS in office or at home to check the bridge status and changes. Routine site inspection, surveying and maintenance can be highly reduced. Construction can be carried out without stop. If there is any movement or settlement out of the 3A limit, related persons will be notified by email. It also saves time for reporting. Action can be taken on time. In overall, it saves time, labour & simplifies the workflow and reporting. It also improves safety and breaks the limit of normal working time and place.

Solution two – Life Planning & Blockchain

The second solution was developed by another Hong Kong-based firm. It is a life planning blockchain solution.

Solution description

At certain life stages, personal certificates would act as recognition from education institutions, recruitment consultants, and friends’ circle etc. At present, recruiters spend much capacity to verify the certificates of applicants. On the other hands, applicants sometimes find difficulties to retrieve all the certificates. In addition, their data inside the resume may sometimes easily be leaked in the recruitment world.

Application Areas

The solution can be applied across the areas of Education, Health as well as Commercial Application.

Technologies Used

The solution employs Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT).

Use case

The solution connects educators and learners; human resources consultants and applicants through blockchain technology where user privacy data can be protected by everyone’s private key and they can choose to open their data with authorization. Recruiters and educators can easily connect with individuals’ certificates under a decentralized and trusted environment. Users do not need to worry even if major hardware or connectivity failure encountered, physical loss or damage of certificates. They also offer other blockchain solutions like medical and healthcare services, as well as other commercial applications.

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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