|Asia’s Largest Spring Electronics Fair to Open in April
Concurrent International ICT Expo to feature Smart City solutions
|23 February 2018 – The annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and International ICT Expo will be held concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 16 April. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the two fairs will enter their 15th editions to provide an international platform for around 3,500 exhibitors to showcase their latest electronics products and cutting-edge ICT solutions to global buyers. In 2017, the twin fairs welcomed more than 94,000 buyers from 138 countries and regions.|
|Hong Kong’s electronics industry is the largest merchandise export earner of the territory, reaching US$329 billion in 2017, up nine per cent year on year. As an important electronics trading hub in Asia, Hong Kong is the ideal location to stage influential trade fairs for industry players to explore business opportunities, preview upcoming trends and exchange market intelligence.|
|Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC, said, "HKTDC organises the Spring and Autumn Electronics Fairs in April and October respectively each year to align with the sourcing periods of global buyers. The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) is the largest spring electronics event in Asia with more than 2,900 exhibitors taking part this year. Held concurrently with the Spring Electronics Fair is the International ICT Expo, featuring some 600 exhibitors to create more cross-sector business opportunities for the industry."|
|Startup zone returns to showcase innovation
Launched at the Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo for the first time in 2017, the Startup zone will return to the fairs to feature the latest innovations across different categories such as Apps, IoT, Consumer Tech, eHealth, Robotics and Digital Business.
|One of the local start-ups from Hong Kong will showcase the wearable electronic Peacify Sock dedicated for babies, which helps monitor the baby’s vital signs such as blood oxygen level, heart rate and body temperature. The collected data can be transferred to the parents’ smartphone in real time and alert them in case of abnormal readings.|
|A Chinese mainland start-up will present a consumer robot, Gomer, which comes with soft hand capable of holding objects in different shapes. The embedded AI algorithm allows Gomer to recogise the user’s face and emotion to provide relevant feedback. It can be used for home monitoring with live video and two-way audio function.|
|A series of themed events will be held to provide an effective platform for start-ups to present their ideas. These include pitching sessions for them to pitch solutions or product ideas to potential investors, buyers and media on the spot. At the mentoring sessions, mentors will help start-ups connect with potential partners at the fairs. There will also be "Startup, Smart Launch" sessions where newly developed technology and products can be introduced to buyers, as well as sharing sessions featuring representatives from successful entrepreneurs and angel investors to share business tips with start-ups.|
|Electronics Fair features Tech Hall
The popular Tech Hall introduced last year will return at the Spring Electronics Fair to showcase tech-savvy products in four thematic zones: Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Virtual Reality (VR) and Wearable Electronics.
|The Connected Home zone will showcase the application of IoT for home automation such as smart home system controlled by mobile apps. At the Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone, buyers can find aerial cameras, electric scooters, industrial and household robots. The Virtual Reality zone will feature a range of VR headsets, video cameras and related technology. Another popular zone is Wearable Electronics, which will showcase a wide range of products such as smart watches and smart wristbands that can show smartphone notifications and monitor sports functions.|
|Another highlight of the Fair is the Hall of Fame, which will feature more than 570 internationally renowned quality brands including Bourgini, Desay, Greatwall, HKC, Latitude, Roadrover, SKROSS and Polaroid.|
|During the first three days of the fair (13-15 April), the HKTDC will organise a series of seminars under the "2018 Tech Trends Symposium". Industry experts will examine the latest technology and application trends in robotics, connected home and wise living, wearable technology, as well as VR, Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR).|
|ICT Expo under the "Smart City" theme
Running concurrently with the Spring Electronics Fair, the ICT Expo is the ideal platform for different industries to keep abreast of the latest products and solutions in information, communication and technologies with the objective to enhance business efficiency and stay competitive.
|This year, the Expo will adopt the theme of "Smart City: The Way of the Future" to gather a wide range of related ICT solutions to develop an efficient and sustainable urban planning and management. A Smart City zone will be launched to present Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint, mapping out development plans for the next five years and showcasing various solutions and applications for smart city development. Exhibitors include research institutes like the Hong Kong R&D Centre for LSCM Enabling Technologies (LSCM), the Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems (APAS) R&D Centre and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI).|
|LSCM will present “Follow-Me” Robots and Platooning Technology. The Robots can carry heavy or bulky objects while following the worker who wears a dedicated vest with special signage. Configured with multiple sensors and advanced computer vision techniques, the Robots can detect and avoid obstacles to ensure the workers’ safety. A platooning technology is also developed to facilitate the Robots follow and control each other intelligently. A linking of two or more Robots can improve efficiency and reduce turnaround time of delivery.|
|APAS will showcase Portable Charger Kit (PCK), which is a handheld Electric Vehicle (EV) charger that works with proprietary AC power socket through wireless authentication. The driver can simply plug the charger to a nearby PCK Socket and get medium fast charging for the vehicle after parking. It replaces the traditional bulky wall mount AC chargers by simple PCK Sockets which are small, low cost and easy for installation and maintenance.|
|ASTRI will showcase an innovative Smart Pole which leverages Narrowband IoT technology to facilitate various smart city applications. The Smart Pole comes with an interactive display. It can facilitate Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications – enhancing road safety and modernising traffic management. It is also an ideal infrastructure to facilitate high-speed communication technologies like 5G by providing hotspot coverage.|
|SME IT Clinic will return to the ICT Expo, providing complimentary professional consultation services on ICT systems and solutions to help SMEs enhance business efficiency.|
|On each day of the Expo, there will be dedicated theme for seminars and sharing sessions featuring hot industry issues, which include Cashless & Secured City, Digitalisation, Smart Living, as well as Digital Marketing & Smart Retail.|
|Enhanced services to facilitate buyers’ sourcing
The HKTDC’s e-Badge initiative, which was well-received when it was launched at last November’s Optical Fair, will gradually be introduced to most of the trade fairs this year, including the Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo.
|The hktdc.com Small Orders zone will continue to serve as a convenient platform for buyers to source in smaller lots, featuring products available in the minimum order quantities between five and 1,000 pieces. It is also online at http://smallorders.hktdc.com for global buyers to source products and complete transactions online.|
HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) : hkelectronicsfairse.hktdc.com
HKTDC International ICT Expo : ictexpo.hktdc.com
|Some of the highlighted products:|
|Spring Electronics Fair & ICT Expo: Startup Zone|
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