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Information and communications technology (ICT) is not only a key enabler underpinning Hong Kong’s thriving economy, it is also taking shape as an economic sector in its own right. The Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint and its subsequent measures underpin HKSAR Government’s resolution to embrace innovation and technology to build Hong Kong into a world class smart city. Our physical and cultural proximity to Mainland China, our vibrant startup ecosystem and our advancement in smart technologies like IoT, AI, data analytics, provides tremendous potential for Hong Kong to thrive among other competitive economies. 

Information and Communications Technology and GS1 Hong Kong

GS1 Hong Kong has been proactively building a healthy and sustainable environment to promote the development of ICT, serving as a bridge between ICT solution providers, users, government and other stakeholders, realising the community’s vision to become a smart city. 




We play a holistic role in forging the local ICT landscape:

Our Standards and Origin of IoT

One of the concepts or innovations that shape the future of ICT is Internet of Things (IoT). First coined in 1999 by the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), IoT was a research project that involved integrating the Internet, unique identification with RFID technology, such that it can automatically identify any object along the supply chain by leveraging IoT solutions and IoT platform.

In 2003, the Auto-ID Center released “Electronic Product Code” (EPC) standard based on the research project. EPC was transferred to EPCglobal® formed by GS1 for the development of EPC standards and management to realise IoT adoption, addressing real-world business needs. Thus, the foundation for IoT is built upon the components of EPC technology. 

EPCglobal® developed industry-driven standards for EPC to support the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), enabling global visibility of items in today’s fast-moving trading environment. The following standards developed are recognized as ISO/IEC standards:

  • EPCIS (EPC Information Services) enables trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain, providing the visibility needed with what, when, where and why of a product’s movement. EPCIS and its companion standard, the Core Business Vocabulary (CBV), have been published by ISO as ISO/IEC 19987 and 19988, ratifiying the GS1 EPC standards improved traceability and anti-counterfeiting.
  • EPC Gen 2 standard defines the physical and logical requirements for an RFID system of interrogators and passive tags, operating in the 860 MHz - 960 MHz UHF range. ISO/IEC incorporated the EPC Gen 2 standard into ISO/IEC 18000-6C in 2005. The standard can be used for item level tagging applications, providing the visibility needed to assure that the right product in the right place, at the right time. 


Global language of business connects physical and digital worlds, laying foundation for IoT

IoT is all about integrating multiple disciplines, e.g. sensors, RFID, networks, cloud, security, information technology, etc. in an interoperable manner.

A critical factor in enabling the IoT will be the agreements on what standards to use for identifying things, for capturing data and for sharing information relevant to the IoT applications.

The foundation layer to IoT is the Connected Devices.  These devices include barcode and RFID readers that act as interfaces between uniquely identified objects and the next layers of the architecture where data are transferred, stored and analysed.

GS1’s “Global Language of Business” connects the physical and digital worlds, laying the foundation for IoT. The unique identification of objects, assets, locations, etc. (things) and automatic data capture, powered by GS1 barcodes and EPC/RFID, enables interoperability and is a key requirement for IoT.  IoT is driving increased connectivity of “things” – which leads to massive data collection. Seamless, trusted sharing of “big data” is enabled by GS1 standards. Data quality is more important than ever and GS1 standards provide the foundation for accurate, sharable, searchable and linkable data.


Smart Business Innovation Centre (“The Innovation Centre”)


Smart Business Innovation Ctr

Initially known as the “Hong Kong Internet of Things Centre of Excellence” and more commonly referred as the “IoT Centre”, The Innovation Centre was set up by GS1 Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Science Park in 2013, with the support of the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation as well as industries, technology partners and other related organisations. It was relocated to GS1 Hong Kong’s premises in Wanchai in Nov 2015, and renamed to “Smart Business Innovation Centre (“The Innovation Centre”) in 2019. Click to know more.




There are various IoT solutions powered by EPCIS –based IoT platform ezTRACK™

  1. REAL Visibility – Empower owners and consumers with instant product authentication and traceability.
  2. Smart Touch@Store – Retail experience enabled by Integrated IoT (RFID & video analytics) and AI (data analytics and predictive analysis) technologies. 
  3. Smart Traceability – Built on EPCIS, it helps businesses to address the demand for end-to-end traceability and build trust among supply chain stakeholders. 
  4. Smart Operations – Transforming business with automated data capturing and real-time actionable insights throughout the entire operation flow. 
  5. Cold Chain Management – A real-time temperature and humidity monitoring solution which transforms data into powerful information and insights. 

Advocacy and Events


We are dedicated to building a collaborative IoT ecosystem in Hong Kong via a range of initiatives:

Hong Kong Internet of Things Industry Advisory Council (IoT IAC)
In 2013, the Hong Kong Internet of Things Industry Advisory Council was formed by like-minded companies under the auspices of GS1 Hong Kong. Aiming to promote IoT innovations and broaden their adoption, it helps uplift the competitiveness of local enterprises. 

IoT Knowledge Hub
The idea to have a dedicated page for IoT news and trrends was first discussed within the IoT IAC meeting, and gradually built into a knowledge centre to help drive the awareness of IoT development. 

IoT Conference

Hong Kong IoT Conference  
One of the largest of its kind in Hong Kong ICT community held annually since 2013, the Hong Kong IoT Conference serves as an efficient platform for industry practitioners to discover how IoT is adopted to meet different market needs and to exchange expertise.

Partners Programme 
A business solution network to drive the adoption of IoT technologies, in order to provide the best of breed solutions conducive to driving growth. Benefits being our partner include:

  • Branding and marketing opportunities
  • Market outreach and business development
  • GS1 Standard and Technology Enablement Programme 

Hong Kong ICT Awards
Steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, and organised by Hong Kong ICT industry associations and professional bodies, the Hong Kong ICT Awards aims to recognise and promote outstanding ICT solutions, inventions and applications, thereby encouraging innovation and excellence among Hong Kong’s ICT talents and enterprises in their constant pursuit of creative and better solutions to meet business and social needs. 

GS1 Hong Kong has been the Leading Organiser (LO) of Hong Kong ICT Awards since 2015, hosting the Best Smart Hong Kong Award from 2015-2017, and the Smart Mobility Award since 2018. 

Submitted Response and Position Paper on Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong and Re-industrialisation
a) Response on Report of Consultancy Study on Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong  
b) Positioning on Re-Industrialisation  

Click here to view our advocacy related to the development of ICT in various response papers. 


Consultancy & Training


Leveraging the globally-recognised assessment tools, GS1 Hong Kong Professional Services  team offers consultancy services to help companies utilise best practices and apply latest RFID / IoT technologies and solutions into their supply chain, riding on GS1 standards. 

GS1 HK also offers elementary to advanced seminars/ trainings for the needs of different individuals / companies: 

  • IoT / EPC / RFID Training  – The principles of IoT / RFID, application and implementation of the technologies in specific industry / environment (available in both standard and customised courses) 
  • Supply Chain 4.0 Certification Course – How standards and technologies help supply chain automation and digitalisation.
  • Smart Retail Supply Chain and Big Data Analytics – A CPFA (Certified Professionals for Apache projects) Certified Citizen Data Scientist course that bridges data and business objectives to create real value through analytics.

Click here to learn more 
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