(Hong Kong, 28 April 2021) The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) today launches the brand new 5G Future Hall which is supported by over 40 organisations from both the public and private sectors in Hong Kong with 13 of them showcasing the hottest and innovative 5G solutions and applications for potent business opportunities and value creation, fostering the development of Hong Kong as both an international innovation and technology (I&T) hub and a smart city.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, was joined by Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; Mr Chaucer Leung, Director-General of Communications; Mr Victor Lam, Government Chief Information Officer; Mr Eric Pang, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services of the HKSAR Government, and Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC for the launch of the 5G Future Hall – the third signature event under HKPC’s “Make Smart Smarter” theme of the year campaign.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said, “The 5G network offers tremendous benefits to Hong Kong Industry in terms of data speed, latency, efficiency, reliability and capacity. The low latency and ultra-high reliability of 5G, allowing for the connection of an enormous integrated network of devices accelerates Internet of Things (IoT) deployment. It brings high connection density and bandwidth which are essential technology advancement for various industries to perform ‘smart’ tasks with many applications such as automation, visual inspection, remote controlled machinery, artificial intelligence, cloud, blockchain and IoT, for example adopting Industry 4.0 technologies for intelligent production to achieve re-industrialisation.
He continued, “5G Future Hall will give potential 5G business users the opportunity to understand up-close some of the new applications of the technology they can adopt similarly in their lines of business, inspiring them to develop new solutions and applications to capture new opportunities under the National 14th Five Year Plan and take forward the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) as well as Shenzhen-Hong Kong loop. These initiatives can help facilitate Hong Kong’s rapid development as a Smart City for value creation. As one of the core statutory bodies in the I&T ecosystem of Hong Kong, HKPC strives to promote 5G adoption in every aspects of our lives for more effective use of municipal resources and services for the betterment of the quality of life. All of us can ‘Make Smart Smarter’.”
Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, said, “the Government has been committed to promoting innovation and technology development and strives to build the territory into a world class smart city, and the application of 5G technology is an indispensable part of it.” She pointed out that the Commission has been supporting local universities and the five research and development (R&D) centres, including the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute etc., to conduct R&D work related to 5G technology. In the past seven years, the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) has approved funding of over $400 million for conducting 56 R&D projects on 5G related technology, for example, research related to vehicle-to everything (V2X) network system and autonomous driving.
Ms Pun encouraged the industry to further collaborate with public organisations and Government departments, and through the “Public Sector Trial Scheme” under the ITC, conduct trials of innovative 5G solutions at the departments and public organisations, so as to improve public services and enhance efficiency to bring benefits and convenience to the public. She also hoped that enterprises could make good use of the local 5G R&D deliverables and HKPC’s comprehensive support services to promote Hong Kong’s innovation and technology development as well as smart city together.
Conveniently located at HKPC Building in proximity to Kowloon Tong MTR station, this 5G Future Hall is meant to be an exchange platform that will act as a superconnector for all 5G industry stakeholders. Key technology innovators will showcase their latest 5G solutions such as connected drone, smart robots, smart parking, smart monitoring devices, cloud gaming, driving simulator, remote-controlled robotic arm, mini-mover and more. Potential users from local enterprises, public utilities, government departments and the public will experience these latest and first-hand 5G applications that will inspire new applications for delivering big gains in productivity and accelerate innovation.
HKPC is the first research and development organisation in Hong Kong to have the 5G base stations for all four local 5G telecommunications operators, covering different frequency bands (3.5 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 26/28 GHz). It is committed to providing a comprehensive 5G testing platform for the industries, and helping enterprises to leverage on the 5G networks to develop smart technologies for application in construction, traffic, waste management, energy, health care, etc., to ensure better quality of life for everyone.
The “5G Future Application Forum” was held after the 5G Future Hall Opening Ceremony with a panel discussion under the theme of “The New World of Connectivity” participated by leading telecommunications operators in Hong Kong. An exchange of insights on the wider applications of 5G technology, strengthening new product or service developments, while further reinforcing HKPC’s superconnecting role for Hong Kong enterprises to seize on the unlimited business opportunities brought by 5G and how it can help propel Hong Kong into a smart future.
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