Hong Kong has a strong base on which to build a smart city, according to Alfred Sit, the city’s Secretary of Innovation Technology Bureau (ITB).
Sit made the remark last Friday after a round of visits of various smart city projects being implemented across the territory.
He toured the wards, out-patient clinic of pharmacy at the CUHK Medical Centre to understand its smart healthcare, services and management, which include paperless electronic medical record system, a linen management system, and an automated drug dispensing and unit dose packaging system.
As it transforms into a smart hospital, the CUHK Medical Centre has also fitted hospital beds with infotainment panels to enable tele-visits and tele-consultation.
The hospital beds are also equipped with infotainment panels that can facilitate tele-visits and tele-consultations.
“I am pleased that Internet of Things (IoT), mobile information and communications technology and real-time data have enhanced the efficiency of hospital operations and patient-oriented services,” Sit said.
At MetroPlaza in Kwai Fong, the ITB secretary inspected the smart washroom solution developed by local startup Blutech IoT. The system integrates artificial intelligence and IoT technologies and deploys various smart sensors, smart washroom signage and big data analysis to give precise information to visitors about a washroom's occupancy and waiting time.
At his last stop at the Kwai Chung Customhouse, Sit received a briefing on Smart Customs. With the support of the ITB’s TechConnect (block vote), the city’s Customs and Excise Department started a study on the development of a Cargo Big Data System together with the Logistics & Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre.
By using big data analytics and artificial intelligence to strengthen the risk management capability on cargo clearance, it is hoped that smuggling activities could be further combatted and overall effectiveness in law enforcement and trade facilitation would be enhanced.
“The government will continue to work with various sectors and make full use of the city’s research and development results in building a smarter Hong Kong,” Sit said.