HKPC launches gerontechnology industry cluster

HKPC has launched Hong Kong's first gerontechnology technology cluster (Image HKPC)

The Hong Kong Productivity Council has launched the city's first gerontechnology industry cluster to promote knowledge and best practice sharing aimed at addressing the growing needs arising from an ageing population.

GLink is a joint initiative of more than 30 local gerontechnology service providers and user organization.

The industry cluster will also foster industry intelligence exchange between the demand side - such s elderly homes, social service provides, NGOs, hospitals and rehabilitation centers – and supply side companies such as developments of gerontechnology, smart watches, healthcare devices and related companies.

“GLink is established not only for the betterment of the ageing generation, but also the next generation and beyond,” HKPC chairman Willy Lin said.

“We create this platform to cater the needs of both the elderlies and their caretakers. GLink will provide smart ageing technologies, solutions as well as innovative services, benefitting elderly homes, healthcare institutions plus other users via tailored and localised applications, improving the quality of their daily lives.”

The new industry cluster was announced at the [email protected] Kong: Our Smart City Journey conference yesterday.

The conference, jointly hosted by HKPC and HKSTP, also involved a showcase of smart city technologies including autonomous vehicles, a robotic IoT-based ice cream machine,an unmanned retail shop, smart chatbot, security surveillance patrol robot, self-service smart lockers and digital e-stamp applications.

During the conference, China Mobile Hong Kong also announced a partnership with ASTRI and HKSTP to collaborate on research and development in areas including 5G.

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