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Hong Kong to implement electronic ID system

The system will be one of the foundations for its smart city infrastructure and allow citizens to conduct online transactions.

The identity system will play a key part in Hong Kong's smart city journey
The identity system will play a key part in Hong Kong's smart city journey

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) government and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has contracted Ping An Technology to assist the HK SAR government in building an electronic personal identity (e-ID) system.


The HK SAR government plans to provide e-ID to all Hong Kong residents to enable them to conduct online transactions via unique electronic identification, to promote a new economic service model directly to citizens, and to provide key electronic infrastructure for its smart city project.


Smart city foundation


Under the terms, Ping An Technology will be a service provider for the establishment, support and maintenance of ‘category A’ and ‘category B’ of the electronic personal e-ID system.


“The e-ID project is the framework for building a smart city in Hong Kong. Participation in the project is conducive to helping Ping An Technology further develop the overseas practice of smart city,” said Ericson Chan, CEO of Ping An Technology.


Ping claims its face recognition technology has been “widely and deeply applied” in more than 400 fields. Sectors include airport security, community intelligent management, financial risk control, medical insurance, social welfare security, railway facilities connection as well as high-security areas.

“The e-ID project is the framework for building a smart city in Hong Kong”

At present, face recognition technology has been integrated into Ping An Pi-comprehensive identity verification platform, which integrates many artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms such as biopsy detection, OCR recognition, voiceprint recognition and so on. According to Ping, the platform service has been extended to Southeast Asia and other overseas areas.


“We hope that the application of technology can benefit more people,” added Chan. “Ping An Technology has accumulated core technologies in AI, blockchain and cloud computing, and has gained rich practical experience in China.”


In the next stage, Ping An Technology will apply its landing technology in a wider area to help improve the technology application in local areas.


Ping An Technology is the core technology arm of Ping An Group, using AI, cloud and other technologies to develop and operate mission-critical platforms and services that support smart cities, financial services, medical health, automotive services and real estate services.


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