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Octopus Talk and Exhibition

Announcement of Exhibition and Talk

From Proven Strengths to New Horizons
Octopus’ success story – from a home-grown brand to a global premier contactless smartcard payment system

HKU ITS is pleased to have senior executives of Octopus Holdings Limited coming on campus to introduce the fast growing corporation and how Octopus, as a home grown brand, has evolved to be one of the world’s most successful contactless smart cards by applying innovative technology in diverse applications that make our everyday life easier.

Octopus Cards Limited is the operator of the Octopus system and is the issuer of Octopus. "Octopus" is the world’s pioneering and most extensive contactless smart card system including Octopus cards and products. Octopus is widely used in payments on public transport and a wide array of retailers.  Users simply tab their Octopus over a reader, and the correct amount will be deducted from their Octopus automatically without the hassle of using cash and coins.  For some residential and commercial buildings, Octopus is also used as access control.

The event includes an exhibition and a talk.  All are welcome to visit the exhibition.  Seats are limited for the talk.  Please register as soon as possible through the HKU Event Management System (http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=21616).

Should you have any enquiries, please contact us by email (ithelp@hku.hk) or by phone (2859 2480).

TALK DETAILS (Registration required)

Date:  February 22, 2013 (Friday)
Time:  3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue:  CPD-3.04, Level 3, Centennial Campus
(map: http://www.its.hku.hk/sites/default/files/floorPlan.pdf#page=5)

Mr. Sunny Cheung, CEO, Octopus Holdings Limited
Mr. Sammy Kam, Technical Director, Octopus Holdings Limited

- History
- Portfolio of front end devices
- Smart card content
- Overall technical environment (robustness, resilience and disaster recovery)
- Backend clearing house/settlement operation
- Technical excellence
- Business model (local, mainland, overseas)
- Future

About the Speakers:

Sunny Cheung was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Octopus group of companies in January 2011. Mr. Cheung has over 30 years’ experience in consumer banking and payments. Prior to joining Octopus, he was Country Manager of Visa International for Hong Kong and Macau. He has also held senior management positions with several financial institutions.

Sammy Kam joined Octopus in 1995 and has since been involved in the development, implementation and operation of the Octopus system in Hong Kong. Mr. Kam is the Technical Director at Octopus, managing a team of IT professionals with diversified skills and extensive experience in contactless smart card applications, central clearing house system design and large-scale international projects. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and system integration projects.

EXHIBITION DETAILS (Walk-in, all are welcome)

Date:  February 22 -27, 2013
Venue: Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

Octopus Cards Limited displays panels and booths with showcase and interactive elements, e.g.
-  Corporate information display
-  Various types of Octopus cards and products
-  KMB Reader (passenger unit + driver unit)
-  POP Reader
-  Reader bi-sect (main board + antenna)
-  Live demo of OctoCheck