CityU lights up biggest electronics fair in Asia

Michael Gibb

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Two dynamic young companies under CityU Enterprises at City University
of Hong Kong (CityU) have been honoured with major awards, including the overall top prize, by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKIEA) at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006.

These achievements once again illustrate CityU’s excellence in applied research and the University’s commitment to adopting innovative technology for the benefit of Hong Kong through CityU Enterprises, the extension arm of the University that helps to commercialize research outcomes and turns innovative research projects into viable companies.

The TeleEye Group and DynaCity Technology won Gold Awards in the HKIEA awards for Outstanding Innovation and Technology Products 2006 in the categories of “Security Products” and “Parts/Components”, respectively.

The TeleEye Group, which has been listed on the Growth Enterprise Market in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since May 2001, was also awarded the overall Grand Prize, selected from 22 finalists in the four categories, the other two being “Consumer Electronics” and “Personal; Electronics”.

“I am delighted that we have won the overall Grand Award,” said Dr Cliff Chan Chok-ki, CEO of the TeleEye Group and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering. “In the past, we have won Gold Awards in the “Security Products” category. This time we won both.”

The TeleEye Group won the prestigious Grand Award for TeleEye RX Series Video Recording Transmitter that contains the SMAC-M video compression technology, the first multi-rate video coder in the world. The TeleEye RX Series is the transmitter and SMAC-M is the proprietary technology incorporated inside.

Dr Chan, a former academic in the Department of Electronic Engineering at CityU before he joined the management of the Group on a full-time basis in December 2000, is one of the founders of TeleEye.

“The TeleEye remote surveillance and management system provides an ideal security and management solution for manufacturing plants, retail shops, property management, logistics management, construction site, intelligent homes, unmanned premises and restricted areas,” Dr Chan said.

Meanwhile, DynaCity Technology won its award for its second generation

of motion control products—series DCT0020 and DCT0040—used in areas of automation. The first generation product series—DCT0030—received the 2003 Hong Kong Award Industry.

“Getting the Gold Award this year means that our work over the past three years has been well recognized by industry,” said Dr Sun Dong, DynaCity chairman and an associate professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management.

Motion controls form the core technology in areas of automation areas such as surface-mount technology in electronic assembly, machine tools, rotary-knife cutters and laser marking systems.

“Our technology is very accurate and very fast and can be used in machines that build many other different kinds of application,” said Dr Sun, who set up DynaCity three years ago.

In addition, DynaCity is the sub-contractor for the provision of motion controller/drivers for the installation of e-channel gate controllers at some checkpoints in mainland China.

Mr James Ng Kam-ming, Executive Director of CityU Extension and Managing Director of CityU Enterprises, said the awards proved CityU was playing an active role in promoting applied R & D for the betterment of society.

“CityU's mission is to anticipate and respond to the needs of industry, commerce and the community by engaging in applied research and using the results of such work to directly benefit Hong Kong and beyond,” Mr Ng said.

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006, which was held at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre from 13 to 16 October, is the biggest electronics show in Asia and second only to the Consumer Electronics Show in the US. More than 3,400 booths operated at this year’s show.

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