Population ageing is a global phenomenon. On the one hand, it brings unprecedented challenges to society, but it also provides a golden opportunity to transform the definition of ageing and to utilise the consequent resources as a way to contribute to the community.
“Smart ageing” is a pioneering concept to address both challenges and opportunities of ageing. It covers such domains as “Healthcare”, “Civic Engagement”, “Social Participation”, and “Technology Use & Application”. The CECS Thematic Booth showcases a series of student projects which strive to fulfil smart ageing by sharing with practitioners and the public the creative solutions for the ageing industry to grasp the opportunities to promote smart ageing in Hong Kong society.
1. SMART Aging - Smart Bus Stop
"Smart Bus Stop" is a bus stop installed with an electronic system to allow the passengers to alert the bus driver to stop at the bus stop. It aims to reduce the chance of the bus driver skipping the bus stop. The new system can facilitate the needy to use the bus stop services. It can help motivate them to engage more in community activities by using public bus transport service and also build up an inclusive community.
2. SMART Aging - Homie
The solution proposed by ‘Homie’ is to integrate the product into users’ daily life, i.e. insole. The product will use GPS in association with a relevant App and identity card holder/insole with a tracking function. The patients can thus go out on their own, and caregivers can rest assured of the patients going out alone.
3. SMART Aging - 3D Drug Icon
Students identified the problems encountered by the visually impaired elders when taking medicines. They found that elders’ autonomy in taking medicines was reduced due to decreased visual ability. Students designed tactile drug icons in order to increase the independency of self-medication.
4. SMART Aging - Personal Trainer System for Elders with Dementia (PTSED)
PTSED promotes the innovative use of technology in reminiscence work to aid caregivers in designing personalised training for people with dementia (PwD). It is a readily-available hardware customised to suit the personal experiences and preferences of PwD and their caregivers. From the perspectives of older adults and their caregivers, this readily-available technology, which is practical to caregivers and acceptable to PwD, promotes the engagement of PwD in physical and cognitively stimulating activities to enhance the everyday lives of PwD. It improves their health and well-being and supports caregivers’ participation in care solutions.
Engineering Defines Smart Living
Welcome to VTC INNOHouse.
Embrace technology and be inspired by IVE Engineering students’ creativity. You are about to enter a new era of smart home, where you can get a glimpse of innovation in engineering design.
Modern technology has revolutionised our daily lives. At INNOHouse, you can experience how technology enhance quality of life with a series of showcased inventions by IVE Engineering students. Forward-thinking systems designed to improve at-home safety, facilitate smart electricity consumption and prevent spread of diseases, etc. These human-centered inventive solutions will pave the way for building a caring and sustainable society in the future.
In order to minimise the risk of domestic accidents to the elderly with dementia, the “i+Home” system, an Internet-of-Things platform equipped with multiple sensors and household appliances have been developed with multiple safety features to monitor fire hazard, flood, door status to keep the elderly safe at home.
2. U-Trap Refill Automator
Adequate amount of water inside U-traps create a water seal to stop bacteria and viruses from entering living areas from drainage system. U-trap Refill Automator equipped with an ultrasonic sensor can be used to detect the water level in U-traps or to set a timer to refill water when the water level is too low.
3. Smart Battery Light
Battery Type Emergency lighting is one of the most important safety measures in a building, especially during an evacuation in the case of a fire hazard, when electrical power might be shut off completely.
An innovative LoRa controller is designed and inserted into the lighting to perform a series of tests to ensure the battery in good condition. The battery status and technical parameters can be viewed on the dashboard of the IoT cloud platform, enabling immediate real-time monitoring of the condition of emergency lighting systems.
The system consists of 3 parts: Entrance, Corridor and Central Server.
- Targeted to guarantee all the people inside the facility keep wearing mask at anytime.
- AI machine learning will be used for recognising people whether already wear face mask or not, to determine the desire actions.
- Automated robots will clean and spray disinfectant to walls, handrails and other frequently touched items periodically.
- Suitable for crowded place, for example shopping malls, schools or offices
Digitalized Learning Experience - Building Information Modelling
Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology is gradually becoming an important tool in promoting the design and construction of new buildings in Hong Kong and the world. BIM can present the simulation and visual construction process of different stages of the project, providing an effective communication platform in the collaboration of different partners in engineering projects. Also to exchange opinions with companies and professionals around the world, in order to provide effective support for the rapid development of smart cities.
In recognition of the need to maintain and enhance the long term competitiveness of Hong Kong Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, Vocational Training Council (VTC) has established the Building Information Modelling Innovation Hub (BIMiHub) aiming to foster professional education and training in BIM and to stimulate innovative solutions and research on practical BIM applications.
In addition, VTC actively promotes BIM education. In the Hong Kong Youth Skills Competition held for the first time in 2022, BIM contributes the main part of the Digital Construction competition. Through basic BIM software training, secondary school student competitors can successfully complete the requirements of the competition and present their design concepts.
Design what “You Think”
Visitors will have opportunity to modify the interior design and landscaping design for the provided BIM model by using the BIM software - Autodesk Revit. From this activity, visitors will be able to gain some hand-on design skills.