Promoting Innovation and Technology Development
To facilitate smart city development, we have been committed to leveraging I&T and have formulated a strategy of E&M digitisation to meet the needs of our clients.
I&T Digital Solutions Win International Awards
We continuously implement pilot projects to provide digitised engineering solutions for clients’ E&M facilities. These I&T solutions have received international awards. Last year, the EMSD installed its self-developed digitised air-conditioning, electricity distribution and energy management system at the Tuen Mun School Dental Clinic. Not only does it enhance the operational efficiency of E&M facilities, but it also helps strengthen preventive maintenance. The EMSD received the Digital Award for the Best Small Project / Collaboration from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) with this I&T solution in May this year, in recognition of our outstanding achievements in applying digital technology and data analysis to improve the efficiency of building services. Besides, the Health Signs Monitoring System and Passage Surveillance System that we developed with the Correctional Services Department (CSD) under the smart prison I&T solution won the Gold Medal at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, demonstrating that our I&T solutions can effectively enhance the management efficiency of correctional institutions.
I&T Project that Meets Clients’ Needs
To enhance the efficiency of land utilisation and meet the needs of the Transport Department (TD) to develop smart car parks, we made our headquarters building a testing ground and completed the installation of the Puzzle Parking System in June. This new smart parking system has three storeys in total. With a design of five-grid per storey, it offers a total of 13 parking spaces, doubling the original capacity. This system not only uses a fully automated computer system to control the mechanical installations in order to help move a vehicle to a vacant parking space, which facilitates the parking and retrieval of vehicles, but it also dovetails with smart city development and incorporates multiple innovative solutions. For instance, we can reserve parking spaces for visitors via the intranet; a licence plate reader is installed at the vehicle entrance, and the allocated parking location will be displayed on the electronic screen upon verification of the car plates; users can also view the parking spaces available in real-time via the computer and smartphone applications, make a booking for car retrieval and request the system to move the vehicle to ground level in advance.
By this pilot project, we provide technical support to the TD on the development of smart car parks, and share with the trade our experience for the construction of the same type of parking system.
Milestone in Digital Transformation
Our self-developed Building Information Modelling – Asset Management (BIM-AM) system is another pilot project of digital transformation. The application of the system in the newly built West Kowloon Government Offices (WKGO) is a milestone in the development of digital transformation and of significant importance, as it is the first project that provides complete BIM model and asset information according to the BIM-AM system’s delivery standards and guidelines developed by the EMSD. After incorporating comments from client departments and the trade, version 2.0 of the BIM-AM Standards and Guidelines was officially released in January 2019 and uploaded to the EMSD website. You are welcome to click on the link https://bit.ly/2XrcNBo to view the content.
Develop Digitisation of Internet of Things
The digitisation of the E&M world is also a huge project. The EMSD and the Flood Control Section of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) took the lead to introduce a pilot programme for the application of Internet of Things (IoT) to provide innovative technologies and cost-effective solutions, with a view to developing a smart drainage system. We have installed IoT base stations and sensors at the stormwater pumping stations and bridges respectively near rivers that are prone to flooding during rainy and typhoon seasons, such as Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, Lam Tsuen River and Tai Po River in Tai Po, so that information on the river water level collected from the sensors can be transmitted to the Government-wide IoT Network at the EMSD Headquarters via IoT base stations for assessment of the application of IoT technologies. Wireless IoT communication technologies can provide quick monitoring of the jobs deployed, which are not only cost-effective, but also offer rich data with a wide range of applications to serve as the basis for big data analysis. We will analyse the collected data and discuss with the DSD on further arrangements to apply the new IoT technologies for better protection of public safety during rainy and typhoon seasons.
If you are interested in I&T projects, please contact Mr. Tommy Lam, Senior Engineer, at 2808 3879.