Smart Barrier System

Overview

Smart Barrier System developed by LSCM allows real-time monitoring of falling debris and build-up, and uses a web platform and mobile app to issue alerts to the authority. This low-cost, reliable, low-power-consumption system ensures the real-time detection of landslide impact on barriers.

  • Smart Barrier System 0
  • Smart Barrier System 1
  • Smart Barrier System 2
Research completion
2020
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

To improve public safety against landslides, this system adopted internet-of-things sensor technologies to detect the impact of landslide debris on the barriers in real time and issue instant alerts to the authority for follow-up actions.

Innovation
  • An instant camera system with infrared light has been developed to provide images and instantly transmit them to the related departments for follow-ups.
  • An on-site Warning Message System (WMS) helps deliver the landslide warning messages by using the technique of Moving Message Display and the structure of the system is strengthened to withstand the external load brought by extreme weather.
Key impact
  • The system enhances the effectiveness of the remote barriers built by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) of the HK SAR Government throughout the years.
  • The system helps to remind the public not to stay too close to the high-risk areas during adverse weather, which can mitigate the risk of landslide hazards in natural terrains.
Award
  • Silver Medal at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2019
Application
  • Landslide detection
Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006, with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes to bring about meaningful and significant impact on the industry and the community. 

LSCM serves the industry by initiating research projects, contract research, as well as providing business matching opportunities, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. LSCM initiates technology and knowledge transfer to the marketplace to promote industrial digitalisation, facilitate technology advancement and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading logistics and commercial hub.

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