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HKSTP launches Sensor Hub R&D testbed

HKSTP CEO  Albert WongHKSTP has launched a new Sensor Hub at Hong Kong Science Park that will serve as an open platform for testing cutting-edge sensor technologies for applications including the internet of things and big data analytics.

The Sensor Hub operation will serve as a real-world environment for testing sensors, collecting real-time sensor data and feedback for evaluation and analytics.

The first phase of the project will involve testing smart water sensors for measuring water temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH values, air sensors monitoring air quality and detection of dust particle pollution, as well as weather sensors detecting and measuring ultraviolet light, lightning and air pressure/humidity/temperature.

HKSTP's first strategic partner for the initiative is electronic component distributor Arrow Asia Pac, which has been operational at Science Park since last June.

Other partner companies include insturementation and calibration company AMS, conglomerate Honeywell, IoT, smart cities and M2M platform provider Libelium, sensor supplier TE Connectivity and chipmaker Vishay.

“The rapid development of IoT has significantly boosted the demand for sensors, so much so that the industry expects there will be one trillion sensors supporting the IoT by 2020. Sensor technology is a pillar for powering smart city, one of the three key platforms that HKSTP champions,” HKSTP CEO  Albert Wong said.

“We are seeing more members of our ecosystem involved in developing sensor technology. Hong Kong Science Park makes for an ideal site for the Sensor Hub, and HKSTP will provide the right support to the ecosystem to come up with more innovations.”