Development of an AIoT-based Inventory Auditing and Surveillance Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) System for the Smart Logistics Industry

: PRP/002/19FX
: With rapid growth of e-commerce, inventory turnover management is critical to successful business maintenance and customer satisfaction in supply chain management, but traditional inventory auditing is time-consuming, labor-intensive and error-prone. According to IBM statistics, global retailers lose approximately US$634.1 billion annually because of out-of-stock items, empty shelves, and related inconsistencies. Technological advancement, digital transformation, and computational intelligence foster industrial growth in human-computer interactions and influence workplace with regard to safety, performance, and quality. To overcome labor shortages, reduce human errors and deliver reliable customer service, an AIoT-based Inventory Auditing and Surveillance Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) System, integrated with latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), is proposed in this project. AIoT can translate the data from IoT devices or robots in physical world into valuable information in digital world by utilising AI techniques. The system is designed to perform physical inventory auditing and real-time inventory data is updated for just-in-time replenishment. It is also equipped with mobile surveillance functions to recognize human and identify specified objects from vision sensors. With the implementation of this system, businesses can increase efficiency and capture lost value using automated inventory monitoring, real-time point-of-sale data updating, and mobile surveillance function.

: RV Automation Technology Company Limited
: HKD $ 4.799M
: 1 OCT 2019 - 31 MAR 2021

Development of a Cloud-based Cyber Physical Logistic System for Cross-border E-commerce Industry

: ITS/324/17FX
: With the rapid growth of E-commerce in the China region, demand for logistics services keeps rising as high volume throughput across border. However, the current high-mix low volume procurement behavior results in the complexity of logistics operation. Without advanced logistic information system, the traditional logistics approaches are incapable to handle the latest customers’ logistics requirement. Third party logistics providers are now seeking solutions to maintain its competitiveness through providing more value-added service to tackle the latest trend of cross-border ecommerce. To encounter challenges created by the changing consumption patterns, a Cloud-based Cyber Physical Logistic System is proposed by integrating emerging technologies including cloud computing, big data analytics, AI-based swarm intelligence. Real-time data acquisition, automatic assignment of pick-up-and-delivery orders, optimal vehicle scheduling, visualization of delivery status and customers’ behaviors analysis are integrated in the proposed system. With the proposed system and e-commerce platform, the logistics service providers can increase its accuracy and efficiency in logistic operations and optimize human resources, while buyers can experience a better and speedy control in the pick-up-and-delivery of products. In this project, Cloud-based Cyber Physical Logistic System will be designed and developed to intertwine the physical logistic operation into the cyber world for better operation planning and control.

: Wah Tung Thai Logistics Company Limited
: HKD $ 2.717M
: 1 JUN 2018 - 30 NOV 2019
: ITS/324/17FX

Development of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) based Smart Robotic Warehouse Management System for Industry 4.0

: ITS/275/16FX
: According to data of Census and Statistics Department, freight transport and storage services contributed to 90% of the employment of logistics sector in the period from 2010 to 2014. Traditional warehouse operations in Hong Kong are labor-intensive without much automation. With the rapid increasing transaction volume through multi-channel, the preference for next-day delivery service has been increasing. As a result, 3rd party logistics providers have realized the importance of operational efficiency. With the advent of Industry 4.0 emerging technologies including Autonomous Robots, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud Computing, etc, a smart robotic warehouse management system is proposed as it redefines the warehouse putaway and picking operations from man-to-goods to goods-to-man using autonomous mobile robots. This project aims to develop and implement an IIoT-based smart robotic warehouse system for managing goods and autonomous robots, as well as to make use of the autonomous mobile robots to deliver the goods automatically for putaway and picking operations. The significance of the project is to leverage the Industry 4.0 emerging technologies to implement the concept of smart warehousing for better utilization of floor space and labor force so as to improve logistics operational efficiency.

: RV Automation Technology Company Limited

: HKD $ 5.055M
: 1 APR 2017 - 30 SEP 2019
: ITS/275/16FX

Energy, Environment and Safety Cloud Applications (EES-Cloud) for Smart Cities

: ITS/161/13FX
: The age of cloud computing should offer people better ways to access to, connect with and make use of digital information. The diversities of device and data formats should never be an obstacle to its growth and application, but the catalysts for quality of life, and the contributors of a smart city. The construction of a smart city depends heavily on the development of cloud computing and cloud-based platform because the status and strategy of city development to be acquired from vast amount of heterogeneous data. The collection and subsequent analysis of various data including technology, infrastructure, energy and living, should be done. The technologies of cloud computing and vast amount of data not only contribute to the establishment of smart city, but also benefit environmental protection, hygiene, scientific research, industry, and the well-being of the society.

: Towngas Telecommunications Fixed Network Limited
: HKD $ 8.49M
: 1 APR 2014 - 30 SEP 2016

Development and Implementation of an Advanced Automobile Parking Navigation Platform

: ITS/043/11FX
: This project aims to develop and implement an Advanced Automobile Parking Navigation Platform and the related hardware and software, through integration of different technologies, such as RFID, WSAN, NFC, IoT and Cloud Computing. On completion of this project, a cost effective approach for automobile parking will be developed and implemented to enhance the effectiveness of parking spaces utilization and to improve management of the related services.

: Sino Parking Services Limited
: HKD $ 3.917M
: 1 MAY 2012 - 31 OCT 2014
: ITS/043/11FX

Development and Implementation of an RFID-based Solution and an Intelligent eSecurity Device for Physical Asset, Container and Fleet Management

: GHX/002/07SZ
: This project aims to develop an intelligent eSecurity device and the related software modules and middleware, through integration of different logistics enabling technologies, such as RFID, GPS, Bluetooth, wireless network and sensors. This device can be applied in different applications especially in e-seal, cargo control and physical asset management. In additional, an intelligent eSecurity device based software package will be developed for information exchange and automation management. The software will have the capability to connect with public information sharing platforms such as On Board Truck Information System (OBTIS) to share real time logistics and physical asset information. On completion of this project, a cost effective and extensible intelligent eSecurity device and its related management system will be made available to improve logistics automations and achieve real time event reporting, management, analysis, and resource optimization.

: Autotoll Limited
: HKD $ 3.75M
: 1 APR 2008 - 30 SEP 2010

Development of RFID-based Business Solutions for Counterfeit Prevention, Physical Asset Management (PAM) and Commercial Applications

: GHS/091/04
: This project is focused on the development of commercial applications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in counterfeit prevention and physical asset management. These applications involve the tracking and manipulation of data carried by RFID tags. In the anti-counterfeit applications, a cost effective package will be developed for both manufacturers and retailers, which includes RFID readers and middleware for use in high-value-added products such as pharmaceutical products, garments and cosmetics. An RFID-enabled Point-of-Sale (POS) system supported by the EPC (Electronic Product Code) network will also be developed. The RFID technologies can also be used for tracking the mobile physical assets of companies. The data stored in the tag together with the appropriate sensors embedded in expensive equipment, machines, or other physical assets can be used for condition monitoring and fault prognosis.

: Dah Hua Printing Press Co. Ltd.

Great Asia Development Limited

Kerry Logistics Network Limited

Novetex Spinners Ltd.

SAE Magnetics (HK) Limited

Treasury Company

: HKD $ 5.5M
: 1 MAY 2005 - 31 OCT 2007