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Honing Hong Kong’s Smart City Capabilities

Tony Wong, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, and Daisy Lo, Principal Assistant Secretary for Innovation & Technology, spoke at a webinar on 1 March where they shared some of the highlights from the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 that was unveiled late last year.

Hong Kong’s Smart City plans include a total of 130 new and ongoing initiatives, grouped under six key areas: Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy.

The speakers explained how these strategies could enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong, and quality of life for citizens, through a variety of technological initiatives such as the use of mobile applications and establishment of an innovative Smart LAB.

Marcos Chow, IT Advisory Partner and Head of Technology Enablement at KPMG China, also provided a private sector point of view on the updated smart city agenda, and shared his thoughts on how corporates can contribute to the city’s sustainability.

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Clair Deevy, WhatsApp’s Director of Public Policy, and George Chen, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for Hong Kong, Taiwan & Central Asia, said that changes to its privacy protection mechanisms will not, among others, affect personal messaging on WhatsApp.

Explained: All Things About WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s announcement in early January to update its privacy policy attracted considerable attention worldwide. At a webinar on 8 February, Clair Deevy, WhatsApp’s Director of Public Policy, and George Chen, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for Hong Kong, Taiwan & Central Asia, said that changes to its privacy protection mechanisms will not, among others, affect personal messaging on WhatsApp, or expand WhatsApp’s policy to share data with Facebook beyond what was previously announced in 2016. They also introduced the various features of WhatsApp for Business, including its new cloud-based hosting services.

2021/02/08
Indoor Map Technology in Hong Kong

Smart Mobility - Completing the Last Mile through Indoor Mapping

Indoor mapping technology can create better visitor experiences and enhance efficiency in operations through a better understanding of user behaviour. It can also facilitate targeted messaging to customers and users, and help to improve building design. Despite the benefits of this technology and a potentially large market, indoor navigation solutions are not so widely available compared to those for outdoors, because of the unique challenges presented by indoor settings, as well as issues such as implementation costs.

At a Chamber webinar on 12 January, Dr John Chan, Co-founder and CEO of Maphive Technology, discussed his company’s experience in overcoming these difficulties to develop a pioneering indoor mapping solution. He said that this technology has been well received in Hong Kong and overseas markets due its effectiveness and cost competitiveness. Chan also discussed the social benefits that indoor mapping brings and how it can support Hong Kong’s quest to become a smart city.

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