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- HKSTP Launches Technology Validation Platform to Accelerate Mass Adoption of AI and Robotics
Industry’s first all-in-one simulation and testing platform is backed with dedicated and enhanced infrastructure
Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP believed that Technology Validation Platform will facilitate bridging the gap between AIR innovation and market adoption.
HKSTP will extend its services to AI PLUG members and Park companies. Infrastructure enhancements include extended hosting capacity for high-performance computing setup with high speed connectivity.
Hong Kong, 19 August 2020 – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) launched the city’s first Technology Validation Platform dedicated to providing businesses and end users with critical physical and virtual testing to evaluate the performance of AI and Robotics (AIR) solutions for mass adoption in key industries.
The Technology Validation Platform is the first in Hong Kong to apply performance matrices, physical testing and virtual testing in one cohesive validation mechanism. It accelerates the adoption of AIR technologies in Hong Kong by bridging the trust gap between AIR technology providers and companies considering adoption. A Performance Matrix covering business consideration, quality, safety, operation and technical specifications will be tailored to evaluate the solution performance, enabling solution seekers to find the best fit to meet their needs.
Ground-breaking digital twin testing capability
The Technology Validation Platform also provides a direct and seamless path from concept to proven ready-to-adopt products. Tech developers and corporates can bring test solutions to evaluate different aspects of technology performance under numerous user scenarios. Examples include the testing of disinfection robots in hospitals and the simulation of AI algorithms to manage traffic flow in a public transport system. The platform will start the pilot phase in September this year and formally open in early 2021.
“HKSTP is committed to fully harnessing Hong Kong’s world-class R&D talent and AIR innovation potential, which will fuel digital transformation of various industries such as health, finance, retail, logistics,” said Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP. “We are enabling this reality by pioneering a dedicated environment to test and validate cutting-edge technologies into market-ready applications. By delivering validation of various solutions, we will bridge the gap between AIR innovation and market adoption, eventually creating industry-wide benchmarks to support local standards development.”
The validation testing will be conducted in a physical environment but also virtually via ground-breaking digital twin technology. After gathering performance data from physical hardware testing, companies can create digital twin of the technology solution – be it a robot or an AI programme – and deploy this into virtual simulations to accurately reflect real-life conditions.
Enhanced infrastructure boosts AI development capability
In addition to the Technology Validation Platform, the development of world-class AIR technologies and innovations also requires optimised infrastructure. HKSTP will extend its services to AI PLUG members and Park companies. Infrastructure enhancements include extended hosting capacity for high-performance computing setup with high speed connectivity.
Since the official launch of AI PLUG in January this year, more than 30 service partners has been providing technical, business, funding and training support to members across four key features –Tech Shop, AI Infrastructure, Corporate Innovation and AI Academy. With the extended hosting services and increased scalability, HKSTP aims to further strengthen support to the AIR community in Hong Kong.