Siemens Limited hosted Hong Kong’s first-ever Siemens Innovation Day on Wednesday at Hong Kong Science Park. Entitled “Building open innovation ecosystem for smart city”, the event featured sixteen experts from Hong Kong, China, Germany, Vienna and London who shared their insights on topics revolving around smart cities – including digital twins, Internet-of-Things (IoT), blockchain, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Panels during the event delved into how to co-create smart city Hong Kong from the perspective of smart energy, smart mobility and smart property as well as what cities of the future require from technologies and innovations.
Fostering smart city development in Hong Kong
In his opening remark, Eric Chong, President and CEO of Siemens Hong Kong & Macao reiterated Siemens’ devotion to foster innovation development with the recently established Smart City Digital Hub at Hong Kong Science Park. According to Chong, Hong Kong can realize tremendous opportunities in digitalization which MindSphere, its IoT operating system can help address.
The Smart City Digital Hub has been collaborating actively with industry partners and infrastructure providers since its inception in the areas of smart building, smart energy and smart mobility. To accelerate this collaboration, Chong announced the launch of MindSphere Academy to help business embrace digitalization and secure value for their organization.
“I believe today’s conference will connect our stakeholders to further develop Hong Kong as a smart city extending its impact to the Greater Bay Area and beyond,” concluded Chong.
Technology to unlock the potential of innovation
Norbert Gaus, Executive Vice President at Siemens and Head of R&D in Digitalization and Automation, illustrated the strong impact of digitalization. He shared that Siemens will be investing €5.6 billion (US$6.6 billion) in fiscal 2018 in R&D – 40% more compared to 2014 - to further strengthen the leadership in digital technologies like AI, IoT, the Digital Twin and Cyber Security. In addition, the revenue with digital technologies grew 20% to more than €5 billion (US$ 5.9 billion) in fiscal 2017.
In view of Hong Kong’s environment, he also highlighted Siemens research fields like simulation, digital twin, data analytics and artificial intelligence.
“Siemens is gaining further momentum in digitalization”, Gaus said. “We are the first company worldwide to set up 20 centers for digital customer applications in the industrial sector, including the Smart City Digital Hub in Hong Kong.”
MindSphere Academy launched to help business scale up with digital solutions
MindSphere Academy was officially launched to support existing and potential business partners on the path to digital transformation utilizing MindSphere, Siemens’ open, cloud-based IoT operating system.
Unlike other training programs, the Academy will feature small-group collaborative learning as well as individual coaching. Two types of training will be provided to the ecosystem – the first being management training on digitalization, and the second being technical training to explain the unique functionalities of MindSphere and how to adopt global smart city solutions in Hong Kong. The first management training is scheduled in May while the hands-on workshop will be offered in early-June.
The conference also featured a unique Innovation Café in which participants could connect with experts directly for a deep dive into MindSphere, blockchain and digital twin. The event provided an interactive platform for participants to exchange knowledge related to smart city development ad revealed a high level of interest in innovative technologies.
First published in eGov Innovation