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Hong Kong SuperApp Sparks Smart City Innovation

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The inaugural SuperApp developed by the MetaBIM Research Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong is poised to revolutionise smart city technology. The application seeks to foster intelligent and sustainable urban development by optimising data processing and leveraging ISO knowledge to generate insights.

At its core, the AutoCDE system within the SuperApp is an inclusive smart assets solution, showcasing advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. This innovation holds great promise for sectors such as transportation, property management, public utilities, and community activities, with a specific focus on achieving carbon neutrality. The SuperApp is designed for global applicability, with development and implementation planned across 160 countries.

Image Credits: HKU, Press Release

Recent significant developments include the successful conclusion of a series A funding round, securing HK$25 million with a valuation reaching HK$424 million. Additionally, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Hong Kong Green Building System and an investment firm in November.

This MoU sets the stage for a joint venture aimed at propelling innovation in smart technology and carbon management, particularly targeting emerging markets such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

The primary goal of this collaboration is to promote the adoption of carbon management standards and sustainable practices in the specified regions, capitalising on the vast opportunities presented by the global smart cities industry. The joint venture is dedicated to advancing global infrastructure through the implementation of intelligent technology solutions aligned with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles and Carbon Neutrality goals.

The commitment of the joint venture involves deploying smart digitalisation and ESG solutions, accompanied by essential technological expertise, to enhance existing systems. The collaboration leverages the respective strengths of the partners, with the University of Hong Kong contributing academic insights and research, while the Hong Kong Green Building System and an ESG-focused investment firm offer expertise in green building technologies and global investment guidance.

The collaborative effort is underpinned by a shared commitment to advancing global infrastructure through the integration of intelligent technology solutions, aligning with ESG principles and Carbon Neutrality objectives. This transformative initiative underscores the intersection of academic innovation, research, and technological application in shaping more efficient and environmentally friendly urban landscapes.

The development of the SuperApp and its joint venture aligns seamlessly with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government’s strategic goals. The SuperApp, incubated by the MetaBIM Research Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong, stands as a significant contribution to HKSAR’s vision of a smart and sustainable city.

With a focus on carbon neutrality, the SuperApp streamlines data processing and integrates advanced technologies, particularly in Building Information Modeling (BIM), to benefit sectors like transportation, property management, and public utilities.

The recent series A funding success and collaboration with the Hong Kong Green Building System and the investment firm further emphasise the initiative’s global reach, targeting markets in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

The joint venture’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles aligns with the HKSAR government’s push for responsible business practices. This collaboration not only addresses the global smart cities landscape but also strengthens Hong Kong’s international influence in innovation and technology.

The partnership showcases the synergy between academic expertise and industry, supporting the government’s strategy to leverage research for practical applications. Overall, the SuperApp initiative and its collaborative efforts contribute significantly to advancing Hong Kong’s position as a leader in innovative and sustainable urban development on both local and global scales.

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