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Asia's largest Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo open

Asia’s largest Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo open

Asia‘s largest Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo open
today
Smart city solutions, 150 start-ups, AI and voice
recognition take centre stage

This year’s ICT Expo,
organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(HKTDC), adopts the theme of Smart City, Smart Living, to
showcase cutting-edge solutions in Smart Mobility, Smart
Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government
and Smart Economy.

The Smart Government Pavilion at
the ICT Expo, presented by the Office of the Government
Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region, showcases a series of innovation and
technology initiatives.

SenseTime, Hong Kong’s first
AI unicorn (technology company valued at more than US$ 1
billion) headquartered at Hong Kong Science Park, showcases
an array of innovative solutions. These include the
company’s facial recognition technology that can be used for
intelligent video analysis, identity authentication and
driver fatigue monitoring.

HONG KONG, Apr 13, 2019 – (ACN
Newswire) – The 16th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair
(Spring Edition) and the HKTDC International ICT Expo, both
organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(HKTDC), opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and
Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Some 3,600 exhibitors from 27
countries and regions have gathered at the four-day events,
running from 13 to 16 April, to showcase an impressive array
of smart city solutions and the latest electronic
products.

Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director,
said: “Moving forward in step with the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region [HKSAR] Government’s Smart City
Blueprint and its aspirations to develop Hong Kong into a
world-class smart city, this year’s ICT Expo adopts the
theme of Smart City, Smart Living and showcases cutting-edge
solutions in Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart
Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart
Economy.”

More than 610 exhibitors from 14 countries and
regions are featured at this year’s ICT Expo. Highlights
include:

The Smart Government Pavilion (Booth: 3F-G04),
presented by the Office of the Government Chief Information
Officer (OGCIO) of the HKSAR Government, showcases a series
of innovation and technology initiatives, including the
first public exhibition of a smart lamppost that can monitor
traffic and collect environmental data, electronic identity
(eID), the Post-dispatch Advice System, the Single E-lock
Scheme, Health Signs Monitoring System, e-Channel pre-fetch
kiosk, a voice recognition chatbot, the use of virtual
reality technology for training, and in-vehicle unit to
facilitate traffic management. The upcoming Smart Government
Innovation Lab and the city dashboard are also introduced at
the pavilion.

The “So French So Innovative” Pavilion
(Booth: 3G-B04) has been formed by more than 30 French
multinational corporations, small and medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs) and tech start-ups, including Capgemini,
Schneider Electric and STMicroelectronics. Some of the
participating companies will host themed seminars and
demonstrations on 15 and 16 April.

The debut Hangzhou
Government Pavilion (Booth: 3G-C04) showcases Hangzhou’s
City Brain platform that uses big data, cloud computing and
artificial intelligence (AI) to offer solutions for city
management, traffic, healthcare and more. Dr Wang Jian,
founder of Alibaba Cloud and the Chief Architect of this
revolutionary platform, will host a seminar on 15 April to
his insights.

The Xiamen Pavilion (Booth: 3G-D16)
gathers nine smart technology companies to present the smart
city infrastructure that applies big data and AI to
real-world scenarios for the first time. Some of the
solutions include “Meitu”, a photo and video processing App
and social media platform; “Meet You”, an app serving as a
networking platform for women; and a smart tourism big data
and public service platform provided by Xiamen Information
Group.

SenseTime (Booth: 3G-A14), Hong Kong’s first AI
unicorn (technology company valued at more than US$ 1
billion) headquartered at Hong Kong Science Park, showcases
an array of innovative solutions. These include the
company’s facial recognition technology that can be used for
intelligent video analysis, identity authentication and
driver fatigue monitoring. Hailong Shang, Managing Director
of SenseTime Hong Kong, will attend the concurrent Internet
Economy Summit on 16 April to introduce the company’s latest
AI developments.

Several top-notch exhibitors feature AI
and robotics demonstrations. Xiao-i (Booth: 3F-G20), a
Shanghai AI company who has set up its Asia-Pacific
Headquarters in Hong Kong, showcases the application of AI
in smart city solutions such as city management, economic
development, as well as public services in areas like
healthcare and education. It demonstrates a robot that has
been deployed at numerous mainland hospitals to provide
services such as consultation, triage and medical
guidance.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (Booth: 3F-E12)
has brought the multifunctional robots that have been
deployed at Hong Kong International Airport. The robots can
collect data such as the temperature, brightness and WiFi
details of the terminal environment to enhance the operation
efficiency of the airport.

JETCO (Booth: 3F-E13)
presents JETCO APIX, Hong Kong’s first cross-industry open
application programming interface (API) exchange platform.
Since the launch of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Open
Application Programming Interface (API) Framework, JETCO has
developed this pioneering platform to provide more than 200
APIs from 13 banks. The platform is designed for customers
that include banks, third-party service providers and
application developers.

Other major exhibitors include
Cyberport, Microsoft, NEC, Hong Kong Science and Technology
Parks Corporation and the Smart City Consortium, as well as
local research and development centres such as the Logistics
and Supply Chain MultiTech RD Centre (LSCM), the Automotive
Parts and Accessory Systems (APAS) RD Centre, and the Hong
Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
(ASTRI).

The Smart City Seminar Series explores hot
topics such as developments in the Artificial Intelligence
of Things (AIoT), data security, and how technology can
enable smarter living and smarter SMEs. In addition, the
winners of the OGCIO’s Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019 are onsite
to demonstrate their groundbreaking products and
solutions.

The fourth edition of the Internet Economy
Summit will be held concurrently with the ICT Expo on 15 and
16 April at the HKCEC, jointly organised by the HKSAR
Government and Cyberport. The summit will examine how
businesses can capture the opportunities presented by
data-driven innovations and will feature leading experts and
technology thought leaders from companies such as Amazon Web
Services, Alibaba, Twitter, Microsoft, AXA, ZhongAn,
Tencent, IBM and HP, who will discuss the immense business
opportunities generated by the digital economy.

Held
concurrently with the ICT Expo is the Spring Electronics
Fair, which features some 3,000 exhibitors from 23 countries
and regions, making it the largest spring electronics event
in Asia. Today, the first anchor conference, Tech Trends
Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future, invited an array of
industry experts to examine the latest trends in consumer
electronics and the latest developments in AI and IoT, edge
computing, and augmented and virtual reality
(AR/VR).

Other highlights at the Spring Electronics Fair
include:

The new AI Voice Recognition zone in the Tech
Hall (Hall 5F-G). Catering to the growing application of AI
technologies across different industries, the zone features
products that include a 3D-vision, anti-spoofng facial
recognition access control system (Booth: 5F-G14) that
offers top-level security for corporations, banks and
financial institutions; and the world’s first Auto-Director
AI Camera (Booth: 5F-G20) that uses AI and a gimbal to
automatically track, record and capture a pre-determined
subject’s movements in high-definition 4K video.

The
Asia-Pacific AI Business Alliance (AIBA) pavilion (Booth:
5F-G02), presented by Tuya and its global partners,
showcases a series of smart home products that are empowered
by a global AI IoT platform, including voice- and
cloud-controlled electric window blinds, temperature and
humidity sensors, air purifiers and kitchen smoke
detectors.

Four other thematic zones at the Tech Hall
include the AR, VR MR zone, Connected Home zone, Robotics
Unmanned Tech zone, and the e-Health Wearables zone.

The debut pavilion from Alibaba.com (Booth: 5G-A02) promotes
selected suppliers from its e-commerce platform, which
present their latest smart products in an online-to-offline
format to help them reach a wider international market.

Tesla (Booth: 5G-B02) presents its latest product, Model 3,
showcasing the car’s key features such as a pure electric
drivetrain and “autopilot” with convenience features.
Participants can also sign up to test-drive two other Tesla
cars, the Model S and the Model X, along a predetermined
route to experience the electric vehicles’ superb
performance.

The Hall of Fame has gathered more than 600
world-renowned electronics brands, including Bourgini,
Desay, ezviz, Garmin, Greatwall and SKROSS.

An expanded
Startup zone highlights Hong Kong’s thriving start-up
ecosystem. The HKTDC has enlarged this promotional platform
at the two fairs to showcase 150 start-ups from around the
world, including outstanding local start-ups such as dokiPal
(Booth: 3CON-G01). The company is displaying the world’s
first 4G-enabled children’s smartwatch that is equipped with
features such as an integrated AI voice assistant, location
tracking, two-way video calling and fitness tracking. During
the fairs, a series of start-up themed events will be held
to give exposure to start-ups and enable them to pitch their
solutions or products to potential investors, buyers and the
media. These events include a Pitching Competition, the
Media Pitch Day and “Startup, Smart Launch” sessions, an
Investment Matchmaking session, and the Makers’ Clinic.

Several promising companies from the Guangdong-Hong
Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which is presenting new
opportunities in many industries. Various pavilion-based
Product Demo and Launch sessions (including by Zhuhai and
Dongguan) will be organised to enable exhibitors and buyers
to tap into Greater Bay Area opportunities through the
HKTDC’s exhibitions.

To generate more business
opportunities for exhibitors, the HKTDC is organising more
than 180 buying missions, comprising more than 13,000
representatives from 9,500 companies from across the globe,
to source at the two fairs. Participants include major
retailers, importers and distributors.

During the two
fairs, buyers and exhibitors can use the e-Badge offered
through the HKTDC Marketplace App to enjoy seamless access
to the events and reduced waiting time. In addition, the app
has added the e-Business Card feature that allows buyers and
exhibitors to instantly exchange name cards and information
by scanning QR codes. This convenient feature will enhance
connections between fair participants and generate more
business
opportunities.

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