PolyU and FCE have been committed to remote sensing-related research for many years to promote the development of smart cities. On 25 July 2023, an MoU was signed between PolyU and the Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group (HKATG) to explore opportunities for collaboration in satellite navigation and communication, satellite remote sensing, payload development and strengthening exchanges among industry, academia and research sectors.
In a cross-departmental media briefing on satellite technology held on 30 August 2023, Prof. Charles Wong, Associate Dean (Teaching) of Faculty and Professor of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), introduced the use of satellite technology in the University’s research and application for the development of smart cities.
Prof. Wong expressed great enthusiasm for the potential benefits of the conventional optical remote sensing and synthetic aperture radar observation data in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to be provided by HKATG, which will be more frequent and of higher resolution than the current data. He emphasised how this valuable resource can greatly aid research efforts. High-resolution optical satellites can assist remote sensing research projects related to multispectral features including carbon neutrality research, tree health monitoring, land cover classification, marine water quality monitoring and research on urban surface characteristics.
The partnership between PolyU and HKATG will hugely boost FCE’s smart city and environment-related research endeavours in the future and make positive impacts on society.