[Sponsored Article] With the advent of 5G technology, the opportunity has come for technological innovation and advancement across almost every aspect of our lives, changing the world around us and creating a Smart City. Hong Kong’s largest R&D centre, the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is well poised to lead this wave of innovation, with Smart City one of its five core areas of focus. ASTRI has just collected 23 medals at the prestigious Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, the most important annual event in the world devoted exclusively to invention. Among ASTRI’s 100% success-rate were seven gold medals, covering a range of technology essential for a smart city. It was a third successful year of medal hauls for ASTRI at the Geneva ceremony, following on from the 14 medals won in 2018 and the 21 collected in 2019. Dr Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer at ASTRI said: “It is a huge honour to once again have our innovation and technological capabilities recognised so comprehensively, and speaks volumes to our commitment to bring impact to society.” Dr Martin Szeto, Acting Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer at ASTRI said: “We are very proud of this recognition of our outstanding work alongside so many world-class institutions and inventors and will continue our work toward making Hong Kong a truly futuristic Smart City.” Since all innovations that are exhibited at Geneva are being shown for the first time, ASTRI enables us to have a sneak-peek into the technology that will shape the Smart City of our future. These will make their impact felt in almost every aspect of our lives. ASTRI’s Smart Water Data Analysis provides real-time remote analysis that can detect anomalies in flow meter data. It allows operators to quickly identify leaking pipes, malfunctioning devices and other issues, saving costs while improving safety and environmental efficiency. The monitoring and filtering system can be adapted to other industries, for example, an extensive Internet of Things system where remote monitors capture large amounts of end-point data for real-time analysis. The machine-learning procedure can also be applied to other time-series data-digging applications. On the subject of IoT, as more and more devices are communicating with each other, a huge amount of data is available and its efficient circulation is crucial for Smart City development. With the current exchange carried out by individual data provides, it creates a bottle neck but ASTRI’s IoT Blockchain is well suited to resolve these issues. The blockchain platform handles the scalability issue of accumulated data by using an off-chain storage approach, while also ensuring issues surrounding data publication and discovery, its security and privacy protection. It is useful for data exchange in a multi-provider, multi-user scenario and any organisation requiring a private data exchange, including banks, estate agents, hospitals or even supermarkets. Another invention ASTRI entered in Geneva Inventions creates a virtual 3D map of an environment, enabling a device to understand and interact with the real world. Using affordable yet premium AR/VR applications, this invention provides a way for people to stay safe in work and leisure situations, creating a realistic blending of real and virtual worlds. As the world continues its recovery from a global pandemic that has instilled in us all the value of social distance, this invention could revolutionise numerous day-to-day scenarios, from office communications to education, sales or training. ASTRI’s unique approach means the virtual tour is much smoother than existing solutions, which require panoramas to be manually stitched together. ASTRI technology can also make your home smarter. Its long-distance wireless power transmission platform boasts power five times higher than conventional solutions, capable of being transmitted 10 times further and allowing you to charge multiple devices simultaneously. Perhaps most importantly, ASTRI’s technology with improved system infrastructure enhances the accuracy when detecting of foreign objects – such as coins or keys – making it much safer. Its operating distance and power output make it suitable for all smart home applications, such as notebooks, tablets, mobile phones and many other kinds of device with IoT sensors. To make manufacturing smarter, ASTRI invented an intelligent vision-based platform that reduces the huge staffing demands on quality control of industrial products. For example, take a mobile phone, which consists of many components such as the camera lens, screen protecting glass and semiconductors. Each component requires its own automated system to inspect its quality during manufacture. ASTRI’s platform integrates deep learning techniques, including classification, object detection and segmentation, which can be flexibly selected and combined by users for different tasks to reduce these pressures. The end-to-end platform consists of an interactive labelling and training scheme which assists users in labelling and training the AI models simultaneously. The era of 5G has arrived and its potential benefits in creating a Smart City show no limitations.