Major technology providers join forces for a win-win formula

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 February, 2007, 12:00am

Many of the founding members of the SCIC are technology providers and each of them has contributed its expertise and knowledge to the development of the showcase.

All of them seem to agree on one thing, that in an increasingly globalised world, the winning formula for all businesses is to share information and join forces.

Eden Wong Muk-man, head of IT and logistics management solutions at Autotoll, said the SCIC would bring different players out of isolation and pool their technological expertise and experience to create synergy.

'When companies work in isolation they are confined by their R&D budget and do not have the benefit of knowing what other players are doing,' Mr Wong said.

'But sharing is very important for developing technology and we see the SCIC as an effective tool for promoting that.

'Everybody will win in the end.'

These founding companies also agree that Hong Kong is well positioned for a facility like SCIC.

Eng Koon Goh, RFID business development director for Asia-Pacific at BEA Systems, said the SCIC showed how Hong Kong could maintain its value to China through innovative initiatives.

'Hong Kong can stay relevant by maintaining thought leadership to educate and provide innovation in systems, processes and management strategies to the mainland.'

Roger Tsang Ting-bong, general manager of ADT Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Tyco International, said the SCIC would be one of only seven facilities in the world recognised for EPC standards testing.

'We have contributed hardware to the SCIC. Our R&D centre in Florida will continue to develop new equipment according to new technology and we will bring more of this into the SCIC,' he said.

Sam Lai Ping-sum, vice-president, e-logistics services at PCCW Solutions, said the use of RFID would become a major trend.

'It is not just for efficiency that Hong Kong needs to adopt RFID. We need to stay on top of this global trend. The potential of RFID is tremendous and we are only making a start now. Sharing and exchange is important at this stage and we believe the SCIC will play a key role in promoting this.'

Stan Drobac, vice-president, RFID strategy and planning, corporate, at Avery Dennison, said: 'Hong Kong and South China are important for the development of logistics in the region. A showcase like the SCIC can help a lot with the education of the manufacturing [sector] and potential users of the RFID technology in the region.

'From what I can see, the GS1 team in Hong Kong has been promoting RFID more actively than any other GS1 team elsewhere. I am sure there'll be a lot more action to come out of the SCIC.'

Charleston Sin Chiu-shun, general manager for Cisco Hong Kong and Macau, said: 'SCIC is an important first step in taking RFID to real life, providing demonstration and testing facilities to the industries and paving the way for the eventual EPC hub launch.

'This will enhance Hong Kong's status as a key provider of data and logistics services to the world.

'Cisco will continue to innovate and develop more secure and reliable RFID solutions to benefit enterprises based in the Pan Pearl River Delta and solidify SCIC's position as an RFID hub of the PPRD.'