HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 4 August 2021 - Hong Kong Cyberport,
Unissoft - Cyberport Incubation Programme Alumni, SmarTone, and Ericsson
announced a partnership to build Hong Kong's first Multi-access Edge Computing
(MEC) deployment scenario at the Cyberport campus and capture the benefit of 5G
communication technology. Developed by Unissoft and supported by a 5G MEC
system architecture designed by SmarTone, this deployment scenario combines
SmarTone's 5G network with the Ericsson Enterprise Edge Link, becoming the
first project in Hong Kong to adopt it in a commercial capacity and the first batch
of projects in Asia. The first use case will be the Pet Monitoring System at
[email protected], estimated to be operational in October this year.
(From left) Howard Cheng, Chief Operating Officer of Cyberport, Peter Fung, President of Ericsson Hong Kong & Macau, Stephen Chau, Chief Technology Officer of SmarTone, and Aldous Ng, Founder of Unissoft, at the launch of Unissoft's 5G edge computing solution at the Cyberport campus.
Computing to Improve Response Time and Data Security
In addition to higher transmission speeds, 5G technology comes
with a number of breakthrough technological capabilities such as edge computing
and network slicing, qualifying 5G network for more applications that require instant
responses, as well as high stability and accuracy. Edge computing allows data
to be processed at nearby stations or dedicated computing platforms, negating
the need for transmitting data to distant servers. This not only reduces data
processing time, but also enhances data security through bypassing data
processing through public cloud servers.
This represents the first instance of a local startup
applying an in-house developed technology to enhancing 5G's commercial value.
With lower latency and a more secure network design, 5G can be broadly applied
in commercial and industrial communications, and even unmanned driving. MEC's
advantage lies in its ability to enable application ownership within
enterprises, while Unissoft's technology significantly reduces cost to
highlight the advantages of 5G.
Unissoft will be providing a Pet Monitoring System,
supported by 5G MEC edge computing, to the pet friendly at [email protected]
This MEC device features a nEdge setup developed by Unissoft, integrated with
the latest enterprise 5G Ericsson Enterprise Edge Link. Through high-definition
cameras connected with the SmarTone 5G network, multiple real-time video stream
will be transmitted via the SmarTone-developed 5G MEC architecture, through
mobile edge gateways within the mall, to Unissoft's in-house nEdge multi-cloud
design for artificial intelligence (AI) analysis. This helps staff of facility office
stay apprised of real-time information, such as the pet count within the mall
and whether pets have entered any unauthorised areas, giving pets and their
owners a better user experience while enabling staff to respond more quickly to
emergencies and improve operational efficiency. The research and development
process of this project was supported by the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the project was funded
by the "Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G" of the Office of
the Communications Authority.
Campus Provides Application Scenarios for 5G Solutions
Howard Cheng, Chief
Operating Officer of Cyberport, said, "5G
communication is a disruptive technology that provides unprecedented dimensions
of development for innovative technologies, expanding the realm of technological
applications using wireless networks. We are delighted to work with Cyberport
Incubation Programme Alumni – Unissoft, SmarTone and Ericsson to drive 5G edge
computing applications, bringing 5G MEC and the Pet Monitoring System to the
Cyberport campus. We will also continue to utilise the existing campus
facilities and seize the opportunity of Cyberport expansion project to provide
startups with testing and application opportunities while uplifting the digital
technology experience of campus users."
Ng, Founder of Unissoft,
said, "We are delighted to be supported by Cyberport, SmarTone and Ericsson,
and to have them provide an application scenario as well as comprehensive
technological assistance for our 5G solution. The company will continue in our
development of 5G-enabled AI Internet of Thing (IoT) applications in areas such
as smart campus management, smart factory and esports, with the hopes of
bringing 5G's benefits to a wider audience. We also look forward to using our
nEdge edge computing technology to cooperate with other Cyberport startups
interest in developing 5G applications. The company is also endorsed by the
Chinese Academy of Sciences, and will be bringing nEdge to technology parks in
the Great Bay Area."
5G Applications to Highlight the Technology Leadership of Hong Kong
Stephen Chau, Chief Technology Officer of SmarTone, a member of
the Cyberport Technology Network, said, "SmarTone is the leading 5G mobile
operator in Hong Kong, dedicated to building a world-class 5G network. With the rapid development of 5G, mobile operators need to make full use 5G
characteristics - ultra-high speed, low latency and mass connectivity, and
integrate them with other advanced technologies to create more innovative
solutions that will help enterprises solve their pain points and improve operational
efficiency. This collaboration with Cyberport and its Incubation Programme Alumni
– Unissoft is a great example of this, and we look forward to working to more
startups across different industries to co-create a 5G ecosystem."
Åsa Tamsons, Senior
Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses at
Ericsson, said, "This is one of the first Ericsson Enterprise Edge Link collaborations
in Asia to support commercial use, and this installation provides technology
enterprises the capacity to adopt 5G edge computing more easily and at a lower
cost. Combined with Unissoft's smart solution and SmarTone's network coverage,
we believe that this innovative solution can spotlight Hong Kong's leading
position in innovative technologies."
The 5G-enabled Pet Monitoring
System will be installed and tested at [email protected] over the next two
months, and is estimated to be operational in October this year.