The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) is dedicated to researching and developing innovative technology for provision of engineering solutions for clients, raising productivity and efficiency to enhance service quality for the public. As a link between the trade and our clients, we proactively connect and collaborate with different parties. We encourage the trade to develop more research projects on innovation and technology, and support development of start-ups and university researches by providing testing grounds and technical support to meet different opportunities and challenges ahead.
Supporting Start-up I&T Projects by Developing
Shared Testing Platforms
In the Chief Executive’s Policy Address delivered in October 2017, one of the policy initiatives is innovation and technology (I&T). The EMSD is actively implementing this policy by supporting the start-up projects on I&T. To this end, in the media gathering held on 28 November 2017 with the theme of supporting start-ups, our Director Mr. Sit Wing-hang introduced a pilot plan whereby our headquarters building and its facilities will be used by start-ups of the E&M trade and energy efficiency related industry as shared testing grounds to field-test novel technologies. In addition to its headquarters building, EMSD will also identify other trial venues for start-ups, so as to facilitate and expedite field tests of related projects. During the field tests, we will provide professional advice to research and development organisations and assist in measuring and verifying the effectiveness of the technologies.
To cope with the new measures for supporting the development of I&T projects in the future, we are preparing to establish an “Innovation Office” to co-ordinate related issues to speed up the pace of technology transfer in Hong Kong. The EMSD is also planning to set up an online I&T collaboration platform, listing the technology development needs of the Government in relation to E&M and energy efficiency as well as the I&T proposals from the start-ups for matching.
Innovative Technology Day
On 12 December 2017, EMSD and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) co-organised the first Innovative Technology Day, in which various government departments, public organisations and 12 start-ups from HKSTP’s Incu-Tech Programme were invited to participate. Each start-up presented its latest research work on a range of different specialised subjects, such as smart building management system, energy-efficient fan coil unit, renewable energy generator unit, integrated 3D technology, smart data driving safety system, robotic application system, etc.
The Innovative Technology Day was packed with more than 200 participants, including over 30 representatives from client departments such as Airport Authority Hong Kong, Architectural Services Department, Customs and Excise Department, Correctional Services Department, Hospital Authority, Legislative Council Secretariat, Marine Department and Transport Department, etc. Participants were eager to find out about the design principles and applications of the products on display. Through this activity, we hoped to promote experience exchanges among ourselves, our client departments and the start-ups. Together, we also explored the feasibility of applying the start-ups’ fruits of research to our client departments – a joint effort to support and promote I&T development in Hong Kong.
We are delighted to explore appropriate I&T solutions for our clients. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Lee Kam-hung, Senior Engineer, at 2808 3703.