機電署針對客戶和社會的需要，應用創新的工程知識，並與大學團隊合作研發最新技術，以期提升公共服務質素，改善市民生活。今年3月，機電署聯同香港科技大學研發的智能發燒偵測系統榮獲「香港工程師學會青年會員創意獎2019（組別 I－專業發明）大獎」，而機電署團隊的「智能眼碌碌」空調控制系統則在另一個組別（組別 II－創新應用）贏得優異獎。
Creativity Wins Innovation Awards from
the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
With a view to enhancing the quality of public services and improving people’s lives, the EMSD applies innovative engineering knowledge to meet the needs of clients and the community, and works with university teams to develop state-of-the-art technologies. In March this year, the Smart Fever Screening System jointly developed by the EMSD and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was awarded a grand prize of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Innovation Awards for Young Members 2019 (Category I – An Invention). Meanwhile, our NeuroSmart Eyes Air-conditioning Control System also won a merit award in another category (Category II – An Innovative Application of Engineering Theories).
Combining infrared thermal imaging, artificial intelligence and automated operation, the Smart Fever Screening System automatically detects in real time the body temperature profile of people in an area of a given size. It also enables staff to obtain real-time data analysis for tracking febrile suspects, thus enhancing the operation efficiency of the Department of Health for health screening at border control points and minimising obstruction to people flow.
The prototype of the Smart Fever Screening System has been completed and funding from the Innovation and Technology Bureau’s TechConnect (Block Vote) has been secured for trial at selected border control points at a later stage.
The merit award winner, the NeuroSmart Eyes Air-conditioning Control System, is suitable for use at such venues as large exhibition halls with dynamic changes in people flow. With the video analytics technology, the system can collect in real time the data on people flow and adjust the air flow rate according to changes in the crowd density, thus providing a more comfortable environment to the public. Through a display board, the system can also show the level of crowdedness in a specific area. If it reaches a saturation point at a certain exhibition area, visitors can move to other exhibition areas, thus achieving effective control of people traffic. In the long run, it can even enhance energy efficiency of the air-conditioning system.