HKT, ASTRI launch smart city innovation lab

HKT and ASTRI have established a joint smart city laboratory (Image ASTRI)

HKT and ASTRI have established a new joint laboratory aimed at developing advanced smart city solutions for Hong Kong.

The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will leverage ASTRI's R&D expertise and R&D and financial support from HKT to support Hong Kong's transition into a smart city.

The new laboratory will initially be focused on areas including smart city infrastructure, smart mobility including connected vehicles, and applications for technologies including blockchain, big data and AI for the smart economy.

“The Smart City revolution will create enormous opportunities for sustainable economic growth for Hong Kong and this region,” ASTRI CEO Hugh Chow said.

“Our partnership with HKT is fully aligned with the Government’s vision for an innovation-led smart Hong Kong.”

Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology David Chung welcomed the announcement, stating that the move will provide needed support for the HKSAR government's own smart city ambitions.

“The development of a smart city cannot solely rely on the government for a people-centric smart city should be built together with the participation of the private sector and the public,” he said.

“Only by this, we can derive smart measures that best suit the needs of the people. The cooperation between HKT and ASTRI today well demonstrates the joint effort of the public and private sectors in utilizing technology to improve the life quality for people. I am looking forward to [the lab's] successful applications very soon.”

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