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					For discussion on 4 December 1997                    IIAC Paper No. 25/1997


                   INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
                       ADVISORY COMMITTEE

                         Progress Report on
   Hong Kong Information Infrastructure Exposition & Conference (II)


INTRODUCTION

            This paper provides an up-date on the progress of the Hong Kong
Information Infrastructure Exposition & Conference since the fourth
Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IIAC) meeting held on 23
October 1997.


PROGRESS

2.           The Steering Group met on 24 October 1997 and working groups
on various themes of the "Future Society" held eight meetings since the last
meeting of the IIAC. The major areas of progress are as follows -


Press Conference

3.          A press conference announcing the first-ever public exposition and
conference on information infrastructure was held on 5 November 1997. The
press conference was hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(HKTDC) and attended by five guest speakers representing the Office of the
Telecommunications Authority, co-organisers and a sponsor of the "Future
Society" and the co-organiser of the "TechWorld '98". The press conference
was attended by about 40 reporters and guests.

The Participation of the Chief Executive and the Business & Services
Promotion Unit of the Financial Secretary's Office

4.           The Chief Executive has kindly agreed to be the guest-of-honour
and to speak at the Opening Ceremony of the Exposition and Conference.
Details of the Opening Ceremony are being formulated.
5.          In addition, the Business & Services Promotion Unit of the
Financial Secretary's Office has become a sponsor of the "Future Society".

The Exposition

6.          The "Future Society" will display both developed technology /
research reaching a maturity stage and technologies which are still in the
development stage but feasible to explore. The detailed features in each of the
11 themes of the "Future Society" have been developed and are set out at
Annex A.

7.           A total of 99 organisations have been invited to be exhibitors in
the "Exhibition Area". 15 of these organisations have agreed to be exhibitors
and reply from the rest is being awaited. Please refer to Annex B for details.

The Conference

8.           The proposed programme of the Conference have been drawn up.
Invitation letters to proposed speakers have already been sent out and replies
are being awaited. The proposed programme and speakers are set out at
Annex C.


ADVICE SOUGHT

9.           Members are invited to note and comment on the content of the
paper. Members are also invited to sponsor, support and promote the event as
far as possible.




Office of the Telecommunications Authority
26 November 1997




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                                                                                    Annex A


                Hong Kong
         Information Infrastructure

E X P O S I T I O N & C O N F E R E N C E Hong Kong , 12-15 February 1998

BASIC FEATURES OF THE *FUTURE SOCIETY*

The total floorspace to be occupied by the “Future Society” will exceed 5,000 sq. metre.
Each designated theme will be assigned to an exhibition space of no less than 250 sq. metre
within the pavilion.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council will coordinate the overall thematic design
concept and arrange each display to its best advantage. Latest information technology will be
utilized wherever possible.

Objective:

Introduce to the public on the impact of information infrastructure development on our daily
life and present technology in a friendly and interesting atmosphere to open up their minds for
the new information age.

What we want to display:

Create both a physical and virtual infrastructure, accessible on site, internet, mobile
communication equipment.

Some exhibits are developed technology or research reaching a maturity stage for commercial
or mass application - a realistic time schedule for implementation is expected.

Some are more in the development stage but feasible to explore - this is more visionary and
creative.

Suggested display format or use of the following medium:

* connection of multi-function computer terminals
* virtual reality simulation
* display panels with graphic support
* video projection
* wall-mounted terminals
* information kiosks
* robust displays
* directory services
* audio presentation
* personal handsets




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There will be a total of 11 major themes to be presented within the “Future Society”.

Home                                  Office                             Street
Government Office                     Mobility
Financial Services                    Electronic Commerce
Transportation                 Education/healthcare
Community Services                    Infotainment

1.     PRESENTED BY HONGKONG TELECOM
       THEMES : FUTURE OFFICE, HOME & STREET

      −        please refer to list attached

2.     PRESENTED BY FS’S OFFICE / BSPU
       THEME : FUTURE GOVERNMENT OFFICES

       Setting :       Various government offices / counters

       Features:

      − introduce government website, electronic access to government services &
          directory
      −   EDS system, how public and government offices can interface
      −   tradelink - on line import/export license registration
      −   forms (registration) on internet, electronic procurement
      −   Business License Information (BLIC) on Internet
      −   on-line access to database ie. Hong Kong Law, land & company search
      −   electronic payment to government services - utility bills

3.     PRESENTED BY NEW WORLD TELEPHONE
       THEME : FUTURE MOBILITY

       Setting: Multi-visual images of Hong Kong to represent real and cyber space

       Features:

      − 3rd generation mobile communication systems to borderless and mobile
          personalised communication including voice, fax, data and images
      −   interactive capability of power-phones
      −   mobile information society eg. News, weather and traffic conditions
      −   use of multimedia payphone, information kiosk, remote control point to carry out
          commercial transactions ie. banking, shopping, control of electrical appliances
      −   at home/office.
      −   telecommuting home office for small office/home office (SOHO) - message
          roaming between home and office, application of virtual private network.



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4.   PRESENTED BY BANK OF CHINA (TBC)
     THEME : FUTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES

     Setting:       Afuture bank teller counter and ATM machine. Terminals to
                    demonstrate on-line trading of stock and commodities or foreign
                    exchange.

     Features:

     −   electronic cash / stock trading
     −   extended smartcard application
     −   simulation and functions of a virtual teller / broker / bank
     −   on-line interactive banking services
     −   secure cyber payment
     −   data analysis of global foreign exchange and trends

5.   PRESENTED BY IBM
     THEME : FUTURE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

     Setting:       A supply chain management / trading cycle and how it is managed
                    electronically - from store merchandise display, retail point of sales
                    scanning, retailer back office, supplier (manufacturer factory),
                    warehouse back to to retail point of sales. (retail point could be virtual
                    or on-net)

     Features:

     − virtual merchandise display
     − VOD or online home shopping
     − online or via computer terminals to browse stock inventory (either at the virtual or
         real market), select goods, place order and settle payment using smart cards and
         auto delivery.
     −   facilities for online trial of goods like TV set, VCR, or other household appliances
         which a customer wants to purchase
     −   electronic document tracking
     −   electronic stock control & purchase order
     −   electronic cash & payment
     −   electronic file systems
     −   voice input for computing and data input/retrieval
     −   computerized trade enquiries answering system which can recognize voice
         messages of the enquirers and answer simple enquires or forward appropriate calls




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6.   PRESENTED BY MTR
     THEME : FUTURE TRANSPORT

     Setting:      A MTR future train compartment and station entrance
                   A street scene with electronic sign boards and kiosks

     Features:

     − smartcard applied to all transportation modes
     − electronic information access eg. Traffic conditions / bus information / road map
         display
     −   future car with installation to locate current position road map display
     −   driver voiceinput control driver voiceinput the destination, and the car
         automatically determines the route and starts without driver intervention
     −   full logic autocruising the car continuously monitors the road conditions and
         receives information on territorywide traffic conditions and adjusts routes
     −   terminals providing functions such as TV/radio reception by voice/touch screen
         input, playing games

7.   PRESENTED BY HKJC
     THEME : FUTURE HOSPITAL / EDUCATION

     Setting:      A hospital registration counter and operation theatre connected with
                   video conferencing technology

     Features:

     −   multipurpose card as a national ID and health card
     −   intelligent hospital data processing
     −   long distance diagnosis / telemedicine
     −   long distance health care programme
     −   live long distance training via video conferencing
     −   Interconnection of computerized hospital management systems to allow
     −   transfer of patient records or records of medical diagnosis
     −   smart card for patient medical records
     −   electronic device automatically monitoring of patient conditions and alert the
         medical staff on emergency

     Setting:      A virtual classroom with computer as the tutor and laboratory created
                   by simulated computer generated images.

     Features:

     − online lecture video with autoindexing
     − visual simulation of concepts, historical events & records


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     − computersimulated laboratory experiment
     − distance learning via internet / mailbox for students
     − interconnection of computerized library management systems providing full access
     − interactive online training programme
     − installation of versatile A/V terminals where students can attend different classes
       using the terminals, students of different disciplines can attend different subjects at
       the same time.
     − computerized library management systems of universities and colleges so that
       students have full access to all university and college libraries
     − electronic online assignment, students complete their homework using computers
       to submit them via Internet
     − kit training programme: “Digital City”

8    PRESENTED BY CENTALINE
     THEME : FUTURE COMMUNITY SERVICES/INFORMATION

     Setting of a Hong Kong skyline with information kiosks and mobile networks

     Features:

     − access to community institutions information ie. electronic community directory
         service
     −   property market information via wireless communication and internet network
     −   video flat viewing
     −   electronic booking of community facilities, such as buying concert tickets, football
         match tickets, booking facilities of recreation centres and playgrounds, swimming
         pools, etc
     −   advanced security systems ie. digital video surveillance, or video image system to
         assist the identification process
     −   library services such as reserving books, browsing book list/availability, preview
         of books, watching video, listening to audio
     −   Interconnection of computerized library management systems so that books can be
         borrowed from one public library and returned to any other
     −   Geographic Information System (GIS) for disseminating data such as land use
     −   patterns, completion dates, number of storeys etc.
     −   Palm Pilot for “Hand Carry” property market information
     −   Ecology theme park
     −   Electronic medical device alert system for senior citizens
     −   Weather forecasting and information system, Pollution prevention and information
     −   system



9.   PRESENTED BY TELEVISION BROADCASTS LTD.


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THEME : FUTURE INFORTAINMENT

Setting :     A studio with video conferencing technology connecting a TV studio
              and the exhibition site. Various stations and equipment to introduce
              the production of TV special effect.

Features :

interactive broadcasting
− a two way communication
− development of stories depends on the audience‘s choice
− a number of film segments will be prepared
− audience/viewers will choose the happenings at different stages
− audience may also be asked for their responses, eg. voting (similar to Mass
    Calling)

virtual reality theatre
− similar to traditional Chroma Key operation
− the setting which used to be composed of wood, paint and nail will be replaced by
    computer generated images instead
− actors/actresses are acting in front of a blue screen
− the images of actors/actresses will be composed with the computer generated
    images
− the background images can also be live video
− audience will be taken shot and be superimposed with various setting
Virtual reality : with the aid of special eyeglasses, audience should be able to travel
and interact with the virtual objects inside a virtual world

animation & computer generated images
− similar to what had appeared in “A Journey to the West” and “The
   Disappearance”.
− use computer technique to generate 3D images (eg. TVB ‘s logo)
− trend: part of the main casts may be computer generated characters
− human actor/actresses will be replaced by computer generated characters
− a device called Motion Tracking System is used to control the movement of the
   virtual actors/actresses




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               LIST OF SIMULATIONS BY HONGKONG TELECOM
                        (HKII EXPO FUTURE SOCIETY)


A. FUTURE HOME

  1.    Permanent connection of multifunction computer terminal to digital network for (all
        with virtual reality graphics support)

       a) television/radio reception
       b) playing games
       c) access to TV/radio programme schedule by voice/touch screen input
       d) access to information on weather condition/forecast by voice/touch screen input
       e) access to information on traffic conditions by voice/touch screen input
       f) access to the stock of supermarkets or other shops for home shopping (pay with
          smart cards)
       g) access to community services (e.g. library services such as reserving books,
          browsing book list/availability preview some books, watching video, listening to
          audio; other community services such as buying concert tickets, football match
          tickets, booking facilities of recreation centres, playgrounds, swimming pools,
          etc)
       h) students to do their homework and submit them to their teachers
       i) general medical diagnosis

  2.    Using smart cards with the multifunction computer terminal for

            a) purchasing goods
            b) making bank transactions


B. FUTURE OFFICE

  1. Electronic file systems which can replace the present paper systems
  2. Voice input for drafting documents
  3. Voice input for computing
  4. A single line for telephone, fax Internet access and other data communication
     services 5.    Centralized IVRS which can recognize voice messages of the enquirers
     and answer simple enquiries or forward the call to the appropriate officer
  6. Virtual meeting or demo training
  7. Electronic catalogue display




C. FUTURE STREET


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1.   Wallmount terminals or some sort of information kiosks to provide services similar
     to those described in items A.1 c), d) and e)
2.   Wallmount terminals or some sort of information kiosks, used with personal smart
     cards, to provide services similar to those described in items A.1 f), g) and A.2.
3.   Wallmount terminals or some sort of information kiosks providing details road
     maps, travel guide, etc.
4.   Busstops with robust displays for bus number and fare information
5.   People can use a personal handset over the street for

         a) voice and visual communications
         b) receiving audio and video broadcasting services
         c) receiving Internet web page information
         d) remote access/control of home appliances such as multifunctional computer
            terminal, digital A/V recorder, lighting, etc.
         e) booking of medical services
         f) access of library and other community services as described in item H




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                                                                                             Annex B


       Organisations Invited to be Exhibitors in the "Exhibition Area"
ABC Communications Ltd                         JB Marketing*
Acer Computer (FE) Ltd                         Kadak (Far East) Limited
Advanced Computer Applications Limited         Ketech Industrial Co Ltd*
Apple Computer                                 KPMG Management Consulting Ltd.
Apple Computer International Ltd.              Lecco Consultants Ltd
Asia Online                                    Linkage Online Limited
ASM e-Trade                                    Machine Intelligent Systems (HK) Ltd
AT & T                                         Mandarin
BSM                                            Manwai Int'l Trading Ltd
BT (HK) Ltd                                    Matlock Telecom Ltd
Cargonet                                       MCS Asia Ltd.
Centaline Property Agency Limited*             Memorex Telex (HK) Ltd
China Hong Kong Telelink Co Ltd                Metro-Link Services Co Ltd*
China Internet Corporation                     Microsoft HK Ltd
CI Development Ltd                             Microworld Ltd.
Cirkisys Technology Ltd.                       Motorola AirCommunications Ltd
Citizens Party                                 New T&T HK Ltd
CM Telecom Co. Ltd                             New World Telephone*
Compaq Computer HK Ltd                         Nokia Telecommunications (HK) Ltd.
Consulate General of Mexico                    Novell HK Ltd
Contactica (Asia) Ltd                          Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data*
Countrytech Recruitment                        Oracle Systems HK Ltd.
Cyber Channel International Ltd                P Plus Communications Ltd
Digital Equipment HK Ltd                       Pacific Link Communications Ltd
DSC Consultants Ltd*                           Pacific Professional Network
EFP-xpedite                                    Peoples Telephones Co Ltd
Ericsson Limited                               Philip Consumer Communications*
Financial Telecom Limited                      Planet Technology (HK) Ltd
Fulcm (Cameo) Co. Ltd                          Positron Limited
Gardism Group                                  Premisys Communications Pte Ltd.
Global One*                                    Realink Paging Limited*
Global Technology Integrator Limited*          Roctec Systems Ltd
Hammiton Development Ltd.                      SGI
Henyep Group                                   Smartone Mobile Communications Ltd*
HK Supernet Limited                            South China Hse of Technology Consultants Ltd
HK Telecom IMS*                                Star Internet
HKnet Co Ltd                                   Star Press Communications Ltd
Hong Kong Police, Crime Prevention Bureau      Sun Microsystem
HP                                             Systems Scanning Ltd
Huge Net Ltd                                   Telemaster International (HK) Ltd
Hutchison Telecom HK Ltd                       Tiglion Consultancy Company Ltd*
i-Matrix Multimedia Ltd                        Tolital Hong Kong Ltd.
iCom                                           Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited
Industry Department                            Uni-tech Technologies Ltd*
Infocapital                                    Unitech Computer Systems Ltd.
Infosource Technologies Ltd                    V-Tech (Holdings) Ltd.
Innovax Technology (HK) Ltd                    Wharf Cable Limited
Int'l Transport Information System Ltd         Worldwide 800 Services Ltd
Integrated Concepts Int'l Ltd.                 Zi Corporation
Interadasia

*       Denotes organisations which have agreed to be exhibitors

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                                                                        Annex C


                 PROPOSED PROGRAMME AND SPEAKERS
                        OF THE CONFERENCE

                                                                   12 February 1998

                     Main Session - Entering the Information Age


10:00 - 10:15 a.m.     Introduction
                         Dr. Victor FUNG
                         Chairman
                         Hong Kong Trade Development Council


10:15 - 10:45 a.m.       Keynote 1, Future Market Place
                         Mr. Lawrence ELLISON
                         Chairman & CEO, Oracle


10:45 - 11:15 a.m.     Keynote 2, Information Infrastructure - The Road Ahead
                         for Hong Kong
                         Professor Charles KAO


11:15 - 11:30 a.m.                Tea Break


                            Plenary Sessions - NII Update

11:30 - 11:50 a.m. UNITED STATES - National Information Infrastructure
                    Dr. John H. GIBBONS
                     Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy,
                     Executive Office of the President


11:50 - 12:10 p.m. EUROPEAN COMMISSION - I*M Europe
                    Mr. Paul AYSCOUGH
                     Department of Trade and Industry, United Kingdom


12:10 - 12:30 p.m. CHINA - National information Infrastructure
                    Ms. Zhang Qi
                     Director, Ministry of Electronic Industry, PRC




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                                                                 12 February 1998

12:30 - 14:00 p.m. Luncheon Speech
                     The policy sescretary who will be overseeing II
                       Hong Kong Special Administration Region
                       (subject to future announcement of who the secretary
                       will be)


14:00 - 14:20 p.m. JAPAN - Advanced Information Infrastructre
                     Mr. Tsuyoshi KIMURA
                      Director - General of Communications Policy Bureau,
                      MPT,
                      Japan


14:20 - 14:40 p.m. SINGAPORE - IT2000
                     Mr. Stephen YEO
                      Chief Executive, National Computer Board, Singapore


14:40 - 15:00 p.m. MALAYSIA - National Information Technology
                    Mr. Abdul Rahman BIDIN
                     General Manager, Business Multimedia Division,
                     Telekom
                     Malaysia


15:00 - 15:20 p.m. CANADA - Information Highway
                    Mr. David JOHNSTON
                     Chairman of the Information Highway Advisory Council,
                     Canada


15:20 - 15:40 p.m.              Tea Break


15:40 - 16:00 p.m. HONG KONG - Hong Kong Information Infrastructure
                    Mr. Anthony S K WONG
                     Director - General of Telecommunication, HKSAR


16:00 - 16:45 p.m. Discussion Panel




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                                                                    13 February 1998

               Concurrent Sessions (Time : 09:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)

                            Track 1- Human Resources

Moderator - Prof. Chia-wei WOO
            President, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Speakers to be invited (25 - 30 minutes each):

Mr. Irving WLADAWSKY-BERGER
       General Manager, Internet Division, IBM Corporation, USA

Dr. Ross BOTT
      Vice President & General Manager, Silicon Graphics Inc., USA

Dr. Victor W. ZUE
       MIT Laboratory

Professor Dale A. HARRIS
       Executive Director, Center for Telecommunications, Stanford University

                             Track 2- Content & Media

Moderator - Mr. Raymond WONG
            Assistant General Manager, Television Broadcasts Ltd.

Speakers to be invited (25 - 30 minutes each):

Mr. Thomas FEIGE
      President, Time Warner Full Service Network, USA

Mr. Peter TSANG
      Chief Executive, New World Telephone Group

Dr. Joseph Man CHAN
       Chair, Journalism and Communication Department,
              Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr. Richard KAPLAN
      President, Cable News Network/USA

Mr. W T LEUNG
     Associate General Secretary, Breakthrough Youth Village


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                                                                 13 February 1998

                      Track 3- Technologies & Infrastructure

Moderator - Mr. Garry SCARBOROUGH
            Great China Marketing Director, Cisco Systems Hong Kong Ltd.

Speakers to be invited (25 - 30 minutes each):

Mr. Bob SHAW
      IAHC Member, Advisor, Global Information Infrastructure, International
           Telecommunications Union

Mr. Leslie HARRIS
      President, New T&T Hong Kong Ltd.

Mr. Simon CHAN
      Chairman of HKTUG, Asia Pacific Telecommunications Manager, Digital
            Equipment Corporation

Mr. Michael WAN
      Managing Director, Novell Hong Kong


                         Track 4- Services & Applications

Moderator - Mr. Linus CHEUNG, Chief Executive
                  Hongkong Telecom
Speakers to be invited (25 - 30 minutes each):

Dr. Raymond Kuo-fung CH’IEN
      Member of Executive Council, HKSAR

Professor Paul SCHIMMEL
       MIT Laboratory, MIT

Mr. Bob CARLSON
      Assistant General Manager, Head of Technical Services, Hongkong &
             Shanghai Banking Corporation

Mr. Pete HIGGINS
      Head, Interactive Media Unit, Microsoft Corporation, USA




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                                                                13 February 1998

                           Track 5- Regulations & Policy

Moderator - Mr. Tim BERNERS-LEE
            Director, World Wide Web Consortium, MIT, USA

Speakers to be invited (25 - 30 minutes each):

Ms. Rita LAU
      Deputy Secretary for Broadcasting, Culture and Sport, HKSAR

Mr. Reed HUNDT
      Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, USA

Ms. Anna WALKER
      Deputy Director General, The Office of Telecommunications (OFTEL), UK

Mr. Richard KALBRENER
      President-Asia Pacific, Global One




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                                                                 13 February 1998

12:30 - 14:00 p.m. Luncheon Speech
                    Professor Michael DERTOUZOS
                        MIT Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
                        USA

14:00 - 14:15 p.m. Roundup Remarks of Track 1, Human Resources
                     Professor Chia-wei WOO
                         President, Hong Kong University of Science &
Technology

14:15 - 14:30 p.m. Roundup Remarks of Track 2, Content & Media
                     Mr. Raymond WONG
                         Assistant General Manager, Television Broadcasts Ltd.

14:30 - 14:45 p.m. Roundup Remarks of Track 3, Technologies &
                   Infrastructure
                     Mr. Garry SCARBOROUGH
                         Greater China Marketing Director, Cisco Systems

14:45 - 15:00 p.m. Roundup Remark of Track 4, Services & Applications
                     Mr. Linus CHEUNG
                         Chief Executive, Hongkong Telecom

15:00 - 15:15 p.m. Roundup Remark of Track 5, Regulations & Policy
                     Mr. Tim BERNERS-LEE
                        Director, World Wide Web Consortium, MIT, USA

15:15 - 16:00 p.m. Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks


                                  Adjournment




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