(Hong Kong, 7 December 2017) Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and Siemens Limited (Siemens) today announced the official opening of the Smart City Digital Hub – a collaborative initiative aimed at accelerating the development of smart city applications and solutions specifically for Hong Kong.
Located at Hong Kong Science Park, the Hub is designed as an open lab, consisting of Smart Mobility Test Bed and Smart Energy Lab and allowing experts to carry out research and development in the topics of data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity, smart building, smart energy and smart mobility. It will offer start-ups and infrastructure providers a platform to create their digital portfolio and develop Made-in-Hong-Kong smart city solutions; while at the same time build an innovative technology ecosystem, right at the heart of the Greater Bay Area.
The Smart City Digital Hub accelerates the development of innovations that can tackle city challenges such as traffic congestion, public safety, energy saving and city planning. The Hub is powered by Siemen’s MindSphere, a cloud-based IoT operating system and will initially focus on five areas, namely City Performance Tool Air (CyPT Air), Connected City Solutions (CCS), Cyber Security, Data Analytics Suitcase, and MindSphere Open IoT Platform.
Mr. Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP said, “The partnership with Siemens signifies another key milestone for our relentless effort to promote the development of smart city solutions. As an active connector to create a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem, we have multiple smart city initiatives, such as Smart Region in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to facilitate knowledge transfer and technology commercialisation through better collaboration among academia, start-ups, SMEs and global enterprises. By leveraging Siemens’ cloud-based IoT platform and big data capabilities at Science Park’s Data Studio, we target to accelerate the development of smart city related digital analytics applications in Hong Kong and effectively tackle city challenges.”
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG, said, “To drive and contribute to Hong Kong becoming a smart city and digital centre, Siemens is taking a new role to jointly develop the first Smart City Digital Hub in Hong Kong with HKSTP. The Hub will serve as a focal point for start-ups and infrastructure providers to tailor their digital portfolio while addressing specific city challenges. We are very keen to collaborate with our strategic partners like Smart City Consortium, MTR and CLP to pave the way for smart city’s development and shape the future landscape of an innovative ecosystem here and in the region.”