Hong Kong’s ICT service provider HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) has unveiled three smart solution categories for the territory’s future Smart City.
These are smart lampposts, smart property management, and smart recognition.
HGC is participating in the first phase of the government’s smart lamppost scheme, alongside Ticktack Technology Limited.
Designed, manufactured and deployed by Ticktack Technology Limited, the smart lampposts will be part of a multifunctional lighting solution in line with Smart City development and future 5G applications.
HGC is providing the network connectivity and various smart solutions including big data collection on nearby traffic with the help of 360-degree cameras and inbuilt edge-computing systems.
More smart technology applications for lampposts, such as those for collecting real-time data on noise, air quality, temperature, humidity and wind speed by installing sensors, according to HGC.
Meanwhile, smart building management is essential in densely populated cities like Hong Kong,
Automatic electronic equipment, advanced sensors and stable internet coverage in large-scale properties, such as housing estates and commercial buildings, can ensure easy control over the environment.
Moreover, real-time data on temperature, brightness, air quality and power sources can be collected, and anomalies, such as seepage, leakage, smoke and fire, can be tackled immediately.
Sensor technology can also be used for elderly care and security.
In recent years, facial recognition has been widely adopted for commercial use. But in industries, its applications are in the area security, identity verification and behavioural analysis for customer segments.
“Major cities around the world have different considerations and expectations for Smart City development. In Hong Kong we hope the government can open up space and opportunity for further commercial collaboration and development,” said Andrew Kwok, Chief Executive Officer, HGC.
The Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint was released in December 2010, and since then the policy bureaus and departments have actively promoted more than 70 measures that are closely related to the lives of the general public, according to Raymond Yeung, Hong Kong's Secretary for Innovation and Technology.
Yeung said in his opening remark at the LegCo Panel on Information Technology and Broadcasting on update on smart city development last April 16 that about 50 smart light poles in the Kwun Tong and Kai Tak Development Areas will be commissioned before the middle of this year.
The remaining 350 will be launched in phases and are expected to be completed in 2002-22.