Hong Kong Police Force’s Information Systems Wing triumphs at Geneva Inventions Exhibition

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Photo shows one of the winning entries HKSOS Mobile Application, which safeguards citizens’ lives with the new automatic and dynamic risk assessments and prediction function.

22nd April 2024 – (Geneva) The Information Systems Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has notably excelled at the 49th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, securing five Gold Medals and one Silver Medal, including a distinguished Gold Medal with the Congratulations of the Jury. The event, a global platform for innovation, was held from 17th to 21st April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Under the theme “Reinventing Public Safety,” the Wing showcased six digital innovations aimed at enhancing smart rescue solutions and intelligence patrol. These entries, five of which are patented, leverage state-of-the-art local technologies to transform traditional search and rescue operations and daily police patrols, setting new benchmarks in public safety and service efficiency.

The Hong Kong Police’s entries were rigorously evaluated by a panel of international experts, resulting in one Gold Medal with the Congratulations of the Jury, four additional Gold Medals, and one Silver Medal in the “Security, Search & Alarm” category. The innovations presented include:

  1. HKSOS Mobile Application: This app introduces automatic, dynamic risk assessments and prediction functionalities to safeguard citizens, earning the Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury.
  2. Signal Radar Rescue Drone: A unique drone equipped for ultra-long-range detection of SOS signals in challenging terrains without mobile coverage, awarded a Gold Medal.
  3. HKSOS Emergency Wireless Mesh Connectivity: Enhances data connectivity in remote areas lacking mobile coverage, also receiving a Gold Medal.
  4. R-Map: An interactive, multifunctional rescue map and mobile application designed to streamline interdepartmental rescue responses, which earned a Silver Medal.
  5. Techsense: Claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest operational earpods, these devices provide real-time monitoring to ensure the safety of search and rescue personnel, securing a Gold Medal.
  6. i-Patrol: A mobile application that uses AI to analyze real-time and historical crime data to enhance police intelligence capabilities, also awarded a Gold Medal.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Information Systems), Ms Kwan Chui-ching, expressed deep pride in the team’s achievements. She highlighted the successful implementation and public acceptance of the HKSOS project, particularly its “AI Mode” which replicated last year’s success by winning a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury.

The inventive projects attracted considerable global attention, especially from Swiss Police’s search and rescue teams, who praised the practical applications and technological prowess of the HKSOS. Demonstrations in snowy mountains conducted jointly by Swiss and Hong Kong Police confirmed the system’s effectiveness in snow rescue scenarios.

David Taji, President of the Jury, commended the high level of sophistication and creativity demonstrated by the Hong Kong Police’s technology projects, underscoring the significant impact these innovations could have on global public safety practices.