How Environmental Protection Department uses smart technology – EJ Insight

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A few years ago, “smart city" was a new concept in Hong Kong. However, in recent years, it has become widely known as more people join in the discussions and practices. There are many good examples: the Common Operational Picture developed by the Civil Engineering and Development Department facilitates government departments to formulate emergency plans with maps on various aspects integrated with the latest information to monitor the situation when a typhoon hits Hong Kong. The interactive map dashboard which tracks local COVID-19 epidemic and presents the latest information in a one-stop manner is also a good illustration. It enables the citizens to get the information at a glance. Since its launch in early February this year, the number of visits by the public has exceeded 30 million, showing a wide acceptance.

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【初創的選擇】如何讓香港成為初創首選的地方? – 香港經濟日報

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在全球化下,一家公司的「國籍」是個有趣的題目。例如從事區塊鏈的Bitfury和軟件服務的GitLab同時列於八月發布的《2020胡潤全球獨角獸榜》(《胡潤榜》),以及同月由CB Insights出版的《全球獨角獸俱樂部》(《俱樂部》)。不過,《胡潤榜》把兩家公司都歸入美國,而《俱樂部》則把前者列作美國公司,後者為荷蘭。

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環保署以智慧科技執法 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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6年前,智慧城市這個概念在香港還是新鮮事物,近年隨着愈來愈多人加入討論和實踐,已廣為人知。土木工程拓展署研發的「聯合運作平台」,在地圖上綜合多方面的最新資訊,方便各政府部門監察颱風襲港時的市面情況,以制定應急方案;追蹤本地新冠肺炎疫情的互動地圖儀表板,把最新資訊一站式地呈現,令市民一目了然,今年2月初啟用以來,至今瀏覽人次突破了3000萬大關,可見市民的受落程度。

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地理空間資訊助研新冠疫情 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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香港近月爆發第三波新型冠狀病毒疫情,源頭不明個案甚多,令人擔憂。因此,喜見香港理工大學獲政府撥款進行相關研究,其中包括運用地理資訊系統(GIS)建立新冠病毒基因數據庫,透過全基因組測序,加上分析患者的發病時間、位置和外遊紀錄,希望找出社區傳播源頭。

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HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information – Harbour Times

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Spatial data has great commercial and practical value which Hong Kong has yet to realise. Why doesn’t the government consider making use of the HK$500 million hackathon proposed two years ago by the Chief Executive to encourage real-life application of this data?

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協作機械人操作簡便受歡迎 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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疫情令香港重現了久違的工業生產,不過大家在電視看到有關本地口罩生產線的報道時,有否產生疑問:怎麼香港似乎都以人手製作為主,少見運用先進技術例如協作機械人(Cobot)來促進產量,加入新穎功能,配合無塵空間的運作?

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Re-industrializing HK with human-machine collaborative robots – EJ Insight

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More and more local companies have participated in manufacturing surgical masks in Hong Kong amid the pandemic. However, the production still requires considerable manual work as seen on TV news. I always wonder if the production process can be sped up further by applying more advanced technologies, adding more sophisticated features, and at the same time making it easier to attain a more hygienic environment for mask production.

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Unlocking the value of artificial intelligence requires people’s trust – Harbour Times

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Advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) can no doubt increase the competitiveness of businesses that use it, including the finance sector. But a smooth AI adoption journey requires not only technological know-how but also customer trust. But AI generates as much apprehension as it does anticipation and fear of its abuse is quickly growing. The benefits of AI may be stymied if consumer trust isn’t earned along the way.

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