9 Oct 2019
Power quartet lights up electri-city
Hong Kong is about to become an electri-city, powered-up and lit-up as a quartet of electric fairs showcase the latest developments in a plethora of cutting-edge technologies.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organising the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia (which is jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd), the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo. Technologies on show will range from mixed-reality (MR) glasses to a smart walking stick device and a smart bulb converter.
“The four upcoming fairs have attracted about 7,430 exhibitors in total, a figure on a par with last year, showing that the recent social unrest in Hong Kong has not affected global exhibitors’ confidence in relation to attending trade fairs in the city, and that Hong Kong remains attractive as a global marketplace,” Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said at an event preview. “As new tariffs put additional pressure on the export performance of electronics manufacturers, we are actively helping SMEs to accelerate their expansion into emerging markets such as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to diversify risk amid the escalating Sino-US trade friction.”
AI & Voice Recognition zone launched
Autumn Electronics Fair highlights include the Tech Hall, where the AI & Voice Recognition zone debuts in response to the latest artificial intelligence (AI) trends. Product highlights include earphones that feature simultaneous interpretation capabilities in 30 languages. Other Tech Hall zones include Robotics & Unmanned Tech, 3D Printing, Smart Tech and Virtual Reality. In the Start-up zone, about 120 entrepreneurs from eight countries and regions will showcase their innovative ideas and award-winning products.
Start-up innovations on display include the Walkpner smart-stick (main picture). Developed by a start-up recruited by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, this smart device for walking sticks features an automatic solar charging function as well as a fall alarm and GPS notification functions.
The Hall of Fame will gather more than 560 renowned international brands, including SKROSS, Laica and ODOYO, to present a wide range of the latest electronic products and technologies.
As 5G telecommunications presents huge opportunities, the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association will co-organise the Symposium on Innovation & Technology on 14 October. Under the theme “Intelligent Connectivity: 5G and Beyond”, speakers from several major technology companies − including ASTRI, China Mobile, Google, HKT, imec, KeySight Technologies, Nokia, NVIDIA and PwC − will examine the latest developments and applications of 5G technology.
Cutting-edge robotic sensor technologies
Held concurrently with the Autumn Electronics Fair, electronicAsia creates an unrivalled platform for electronic components and production technologies suppliers to showcase products to international buyers. Featured zones include Wireless and Sensor Technologies, as well as Power Supplies, which will present various types of batteries, accessories, solar photovoltaic components and technologies. Other thematic zones include Printed Circuit Board & EMS, World of Display Technology, Electronic Components and Keyboards & Switches.
At the “Blockchain in Industrial IoT – The Next Big Thing?” seminar on the first day of the fair (13 October), experts and representatives from tech corporations will discuss blockchain applications in areas such as smart city development, real estate development and building management. The Hong Kong Electronic Forum on 15 October will feature representatives from German robotic programming company Wandelbots GmbH, Hong Kong semiconductor specialist Solomon Systech (International) Limited, and LED monitor producer Deepsky, to discuss topics such as microelectronics and smart manufacturing. The Product Presentation by Electronic Industries Award 2019 Winners will be held on the same day with the winners promoting Hong Kong’s innovative technologies and creative design to international buyers.
Lights for smart homes
The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) runs from 27 to 30 October at the HKCEC while the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo will run from 29 October to 1 November at AsiaWorld-Expo. The twin fairs have attracted about 3,100 exhibitors to form the world’s largest lighting marketplace.
Fuelled by the rise of smart lighting and IoT (the Internet of Things), the Autumn Lighting Fair will present a wide array of lighting products for smart living from many renowned international brands at the Connected Living • Smart Home zone. Exhibitors will include OSRAM, Prosperity Group, Opple, Panasonic and PHILIPS, a strategic partnership between Tmall Genie, Jingxun Software and Bright Power Semiconductor, and Broadline, a strategic partner of Baidu.
The reputed Hall of Aurora will feature around 650 famous lighting brands, including BJB and MEGAMAN from Germany, LEDUS and WiZ from Hong Kong, and Samsung from Korea. An exhibitor will showcase a converter that turns normal light bulbs into smart bulbs, where brightness can be adjusted using Bluetooth, a mobile app or sound activation. Another exhibitor will showcase a connected lighting system through which users can control the lighting environment using a dedicated smart phone or tablet app via a Wi-Fi network, as well as controlling brightness in traditional power switches through an add-on device.
Smart bulbs for smart city
The spotlighted zone at the International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo − Exterior Lighting Solutions and Systems − will present a broad range of the latest smart lighting products, including the L-Column, an intelligent lighting column produced by a first-time exhibitor from Thailand. The product can provide various technical options to adapt to different system configurations, offering a highly flexible smart city and public lighting solution. Other thematic zones include Outdoor & Public Lighting, Technical & Professional Lighting, Outdoor Advertising Lighting and Horticultural Lighting.
Close to 20 exciting and informative events will be organised during the twin lighting fairs. “The Ecosystem of Connected Living” forum on 27 and 28 October will feature representatives from leading industry players including Alibaba, Opple, Panasonic and TCL, who will share the latest developments and trends for smart household lighting. At the International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, the “Luminaires Beyond Illumination: What’s the Next Move in Smart City?” seminar will feature experts from Fonda Technology and Tecnon Smart Display sharing insights on the development of smart lighting and the opportunities it presents in terms of smart city development.