HKT and ASTRI set up smart city joint lab

HKT ASTRI smart city joint laboratory
From left: Dr. Henry Wong, head of strategic wireless technology and core networks of HKT Engineering; Charles Mok, member of the Legislative Council; Peter Lam, managing director of HKT Engineering; Dr. David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology; Wong Ming-Yam, chairman of ASTRI; Annie Choi, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI. Image credit: HKT/ASTRI

HKT and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have established a joint laboratory to pursue advanced technologies and solutions for smart cities.

The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will leverage ASTRI’s R&D expertise in next generation communications technologies and data solutions. HKT will provide financial support.

The lab will start with a few initial focus areas on smart city infrastructure, smart mobility (including electronic road pricing and connected vehicles) as well as technologies such as blockchain, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) for ‘smart economy’ apps.

The lab will pursue market-relevant innovations contributing to Hong Kong’s Smart City development blueprint, is all about addressing urban challenges, strengthening governance, enhancing public services, improving quality of lives, and ensuring safety and sustainability, said Dr David Chung – Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government.

“The development of a smart city cannot solely rely on the government for a people-centric smart city should be built together with the participation of the private sector and the public,” he said. “Only by this, we can derive smart measures that best suit the needs of the people.”

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