Tech Bundle

Future Mobility

Future Mobility explores the movement of people and goods, as well as other ancillary services, via new modes and concepts of mobility which could be electric-powered, autonomously-controlled, and as a shared and interconnected fleet. Shaped by emerging technological trends and shifting attitudes, the future mobility ecosystem could be profoundly different from the one we know today, offering greener, safer, more efficient travel and most of all, greater convenience and comfort.

Microcapsule-Based Self-Healing Smart Coating for Corrosion Protection
Anti-corrosion coatings have attracted tremendous attention due to their significant safety, financial, and environmental impacts. However, the protective coatings are highly susceptible to damage during transport, installation, and service. The detection of initial micro-cracks is very difficult, but the propagation of corrosion can be quite fast. Therefore, smart coating with self-healing function is a promising route to address the above challenges. The technology owner has developed a polymer-based hollow microcapsule that can release the active ingredients in response to external stimuli. Microcapsules encapsulated with corrosion inhibitors can be added as anti-corrosion additives in coating primer. In the presence of damage, microcapsules get activated and release corrosion inhibitors directly onto the corroding site to prevent the corrosion. This self-healing anti-corrosion coating can effectively extend materials’ lifetimes, reduce maintenance expenses, and enhance public safety. The advanced microcapsule technology can also largely reduce the content of toxic corrosion inhibitors by 90%, enabling an environmentally friendly coating solution. The technology owner is interested in IP licensing and R&D collaboration with industrial partners who are seeking self-healing smart coatings for corrosion protection. The microcapsule technology is also available for co-innovation in other applications, such as anti-fouling and agricultural pest control.
TV White Space Super Wi-Fi
Demand for wireless communication is ever-increasing. However, the frequency spectrum is a scarce resource that cannot be created. This has resulted in an issue commonly known as "spectrum crunch" -- a phenomenon where demand for spectrum outpaced supply that resulted in congestion and drop in wireless communication quality. Ironically, measurements done at many places globally concluded that spectrum utilisation was only around 5-15%. This calls for a need to use next-generation technologies to utilise spectrum in an innovative manner in order to ensure sustainability. TV White Space (TVWS) is the first technology that uses spectrum dynamically. It is able to find pockets of unused spectrum dynamically and utilise them for communication. Thus, significantly improve spectrum utilisation. TVWS is also known as Super Wi-Fi as it covers much larger range than Wi-Fi. TVWS can also be touted as the next "sharing economy" in the spectrum. Its concept is similar to Uber or Airbnb where resources (in this case spectrum) are shared whenever or wherever they are not utilised.
Closed-Loop Automatic Frequency Control of Wireless Power Transfer
This technology has been developed in response to the state-of-the-art wireless power transfer systems, especially, in response to a need that has not been fully solved by current wireless power transfer systems. Magnetic resonance coupling is used to extend the effective charging range of inductive coupling from only a few millimeters to several centimeters, or even several feet. However, the sensitivity to operating frequency becomes highly pronounced with resonant coupling, and a theoretical optimum efficiency can only be achieved at one fixed antenna distance called critical coupling. At closer spacings, the efficiency will drop significantly due to a shift in the resonance frequency from over-coupling. Foreign conductive object proximity will also shift the resonance frequency and lower the efficiency. Accordingly, this technology was developed to track the resonance frequency and maintain high overall efficiency in the event of any shift in resonance frequency.
On-demand Shared Transport and Route Optimization Systems
The company powers some of the most successful on-demand shared transport systems across the world. Its technology reinvents a fixed route bus into a dynamically routed system that continually redesigns itself based on real-time passenger demand. The algorithm works to ensure the highest patronage for buses, while providing a high-quality shared experience for passengers. The system is highly configurable to ensure it can adapt to different geographies, densities and also citizen behaviours around the globe.
Tri-State Electrochromic Device - Modulation between Transparent, Color and Mirror
Our technology features a three state optical modulation between transparent, color and mirror appearance of a given surface, primarily on glass substrates. The switching between the three states can be triggered by a small voltage application. The versatile electrochromic device allows user to enjoy outdoor view in transparent state, blocking of sunlight in colored state and reflective finish in mirror state. It can offer additional light management capability compared to the solid state electrochromics. This technology is promising for the optical modulation of building façade and fenestration, in reducing energy consumption for in-door air conditioning, creating interactive visual displays on glass or façade decoration for interior designers to create space and light interaction.