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Glimpse Into Smart City Future
Glimpse Into Smart City Future

Glimpse Into Smart City Future

Identity management using the veins in a person’s palm is one of the advanced technologies Chamber members learned about on a visit to the Smart City Innovation Centre (SCIC) on 26 March.

The “Palm Fusion Biometric Sensing Device” uses a combination of palm print and palm vein technologies to authenticate the identity of a living person. Although palm print contains a wealth of details, it is possible for this to be faked. Since veins lie beneath the skin, attempts to forge an identity become much more difficult and a higher level of security can be achieved. 

Developed jointly by Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, SCIC was launched in July 2017. It provides a platform for professionals, technology companies, and public service providers to develop smart city solutions. 

More than 30 members took part in the visit to learn about the infrastructure and technologies – such as blockchain, chatbot, intelligent character recognition and big data analytics – being developed to transform Hong Kong into a smart city. Some of these are already in action – for example, in banks that use artificial intelligence chatbots to provide customer services in Chinese and English.

Members also viewed a smart vending machine. By monitoring the sales performance and inventory status remotely through an app, retailers can check sales and adjust stock at any time. The machine provides cashless payment through Octopus, TNG wallet, Alipay Pay and WeChat Pay. 


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