SmarTone Innovation Hub bears first fruits

24 Nov 2017

Hong Kong's SmarTone has showcased the latest developments from its Innovation Hub, including new smart property and smart city technologies.

SmarTone CEO Anna Yip said the innovation hub is initially focused on exploring how pre-5G, the internet of things, AI and augmented reality technologies can be applied to smart property applications.

“Hong Kong is already forging its path to becoming a smart city and we look to rapidly turn great ideas and technology into business reality for all business sectors,” she said.

“The places we live, work and play in can potentially be transformed to deliver a whole new way of life for Hong Kong citizens. And the SmarTone Innovation Hub will focus precisely on delivering the talent, technology and open industry collaboration to ensure a successful transition into the digital era of IoT.”

The latest smart property and smart city innovations emerging from the hub include IoT and smart industry enabled apps, sensor technology and real time analytics, including connected screwdrivers to automate tracking of tools and smart parking, logistics and asset tracking technologies.

AI and smart property retail applications developed at the hub include face recognition-enabled retail, sentiment analysis and dynamic people tracking technologies and augmented-reality enabled immersive experiences for retail operations.

Smart properties was the theme of the SmarTone's hackathon held last month. The first ever cross-industry 24 hour hackathon attracted over 120 participants worldwide.

Partners in the SmarTone Innovation hub include Arrow Electronics, ConnectAR, Ericsson, NEC and Wittech Company Limited.

First published in Computerworld Hong Kong

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