Reference List of IT Equipment (Secondary Schools)

Participating schools should go through the Important Notes before making reference to the reference equipment list and follow Application Guidance of the IT Innovation Lab in Secondary Schools initiative in in making applications.

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Reference List of IT Equipment
Technology Hardware / Software / Cloud Services Level Pre-requisite, if any
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - Vision Recognition Kits
  • Hardware kits that contain built-in AI functions such as face recognition, object recognition, vision line tracking, color recognition, object classification, etc.
  • With camera.
  • Can be connected to microcontroller such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or micro:bit through UART / I2C port.
  • Support machine learning and data training without using complex algorithms.
  • Support block-based programming.
ElementaryNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - Vision Recognition Kits
  • Hardware kits that equip with microcontroller board/embedded processor, e.g. Raspberry Pi.
  • With camera and other programming controllable peripherals, e.g. button, LEDs, GPIO pins, etc.
  • Can deploy and run pre-trained machine learning models locally for cognitive functions such as recognising objects / faces and capturing texts to perform analysis.
  • Support common programing languages such as Python.
  • Can be configured via web browsers, mobile app, SSH, etc.
ModerateNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - Voice Recognition Kits
  • Hardware kits that equip with microcontroller board/embedded processor, e.g. Raspberry Pi.
  • With microphone, audio speaker, and other programming controllable peripherals, e.g. button, LEDs, GPIO pins, etc.
  • Can run pre-trained machine learning models locally for cognitive functions, such as translation of speech into texts and taking voice commands.
  • Support common programing languages, e.g. Python.
  • Can be configured via web browsers, mobile app, SSH, etc.
ModerateNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - Microcontroller for machine learning
  • Designed to support running machine learning models.
  • Can run multiple neural networks in parallel for applications like image classification, object detection, segmentation, and speech processing.
  • Support machine learning platforms e.g. Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe/Caffe2, etc.
AdvancedAI or text-based coding experience.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - AI hardware accelerator
  • Specialised hardware accelerator designed for hardware acceleration for machine learning model training (e.g. neutral network) e.g. GPU.
AdvancedAI or text-based coding experience.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Robotics CodingHardware - Educational Programmable Robot
  • An educational programmable robot such as car, drone, humanoid robot, quadruped robot, etc.
  • Support AI chip and sensors such as vision sensor, microphone, speaker, etc to give AI functions such as vision recognition, voice recognition, AIoT, etc.
  • Aim to educate students to build new projects to solve daily life problems by applying the knowledge they learnt, such as applying AIoT knowledge to build a smart home and applying face recognition knowledge to build an automatic door opening device, etc.
  • Support deploying trained machine learning models from the cloud to the robot.
  • Support block-based and text-based coding.
ModerateMay require text-based programming experience.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Software / Cloud Services - Vision Tools
  • Cloud service to support computer vision API for detecting, categorising and labelling objects (e.g. animals, building, cars, etc.) or analysing videos.
  • Support REST APIs or SDKs for development of applications that analyse image data by trained machine learning models.
ModerateNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Software / Cloud Services - Speech and Text Tools
  • Cloud service to support speech API.
  • Support REST APIs or SDKs for development of applications that performs conversation of speech-to-text, text-to-speech, speech-translation and textual analysis functions.
  • Support multi-language (e.g. English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, German, Spanish, etc.) and text tools (e.g. English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Spanish, etc.).
ModerateNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Hardware - Speech-enabled Smart Voice Assistant Device
  • Smart Assistant devices can be an inspiring tool for students to learn the inner working of smart assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Learn the basics of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.
  • Understand the operation of text-to-speech and speech-to-text.
  • Support to be controlled through speech commands.
  • Support coding with external API to control IoT devices such as light switches and home appliances.
  • Support programming using Natural Language Processing technology to enable the assistant to understand colloquial expressions in Cantonese and English.
  • Software for students to learn how to design conversational model using intents, entities and scenes.
ElementaryNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Software / Cloud Services - Chatbots Tools
  • Tools in the form of online platforms or client SDKs for users to create intelligent chatbots with pre-trained machine learning models or customised machine learning models.
  • Learn the basics of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.
  • Understand the operation of text-to-speech and speech-to-text.
  • Support online functions to speak, listen, interpret, interact with users in a conversational way in different channels such as apps, websites, etc.
  • Tools that enable the students to create conversational models and workflows in graphical interfaces.
  • Tools that enable the students to connect the Chatbot with external services or devices.
ModerateNone
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Software / Cloud Services - Natural Language Processing Platforms
  • Cloud services to support various NLP tasks such as Topic Detection, Spell Checking, Machine Translation, Sentiment Analysis and Intent Classifications.
  • Support REST APIs or SDKs for development of applications that enables understanding of natural languages.
  • Support graphical interface to view, analyse and modify the training data for the machine learning models.
AdvancedBasic NLP understanding.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Cloud Services - Machine Learning Platforms
  • Online platforms that provide cloud-based development environments for students to develop, train, test, deploy, manage, and track machine learning models by visual drag-and-drop environment.
  • Support programming languages such as Python, R, Swift, etc.
AdvancedText-based coding experience.
Big DataSoftware / Cloud Services - Data Storage & Analytics Tools
  • Tools in the form of software or online platform that support data ingestion, data by connecting data sources of wide variety of structured and unstructured data, data cleansing, data transformation, data discovery.
  • May support machine learning-driven automated data transformation scripts.
  • Support running in different ways such as client software running on desktop OS (e.g. Windows, MacOS, etc.), mobile apps, or online service on websites.
  • Support NoSQL Databases, such as key-value stores, document databases, column-family databases and graph databases.
ModerateNone
Big DataSoftware / Cloud Services - Data Visualisation Tools
  • Tools in the form of software or online platform that support data visualisation.
  • Support interactive visualisation of statistical profile metrics, interactive dashboards, tables, charts and graphics, etc.
  • The tools may run in different ways such as client software running on desktop OS (e.g. Windows, MacOS, etc.), mobile apps, or online service on websites.
ModerateNone
Cloud ComputingSoftware - Hypervisor
  • Hypervisor can be used to create a scalable, resilient and highly available virtualised environment such that multiple instances of a variety of operating systems.
  • Support running Linux, Windows, and MacOS on a single physical x86 machine.
  • Allows students to learn setting up of cloud servers and to try virtualisation related tools such as security configuration, data migration, image version control, etc. for virtual machines.
ModerateHigh-End PC / Servers are required.
Cloud ComputingCloud Services - Cloud Storage Services
  • Support elastic cloud data storage for users to store files or data (such as web based media like video, images, audio) on a platform that can be accessible from the Internet.
  • Depending on individual providers, supported access methods such as Internet "folder"" or ""drive"" via HTTP or file system, synchronisation or backup with devices via corresponding applications or mobile App, block storage access via iSCSI, RESTful API or proprietary interfaces.
  • May support additional features such as online editing, file versioning, encryption. The charge is usually based on data volume per month or per year.
  • Some cloud storage providers offer free plan.
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ElementaryNone
Cloud ComputingCloud Services - Database-as-a-Service
  • Support online database services that typically run on a cloud computing platform like on-premises database.
  • Support connections to the database instances by using standard DBMS API interface (such as ODBC, JDBC), RESTful API interface (such as OData, ORDS).
  • Support specific library of various programming languages (e.g. Python, PHP, Node.js, etc.) to cloud servers with public IP addresses or proxy.
  • Support web-based consoles for users to self-provision and configure the database.
ModerateNone
Cloud ComputingCloud Services - Virtual Machines (Infrastructure-as-a-Service)
  • Support online virtual machines running on public cloud.
  • Support self-provisioning for customised virtual machines of different computing capabilities (e.g. number of vCPU, memory size, storage size, etc.).
  • Support different operating system e.g. Windows, Linux, etc.
ModerateNone
Cloud ComputingCloud Services - Version Control Repository
  • Provide the central place where developers store, share, test and collaborate on web projects.
  • Used for track changes and manage different versions of projects as they change over time.
  • Manage projects by individual or with a team, quickly identify changes made, especially if issues arise within the code.
  • May support additional features, such as issue tracking, import and export, documentation and wikis. The charge is usually based on data volume per project or per user, or private repositories, backups needed.
  • Most of cloud service providers offer free plan with limited storage and features.
ElementaryNone
Coding / AlgorithmSoftware - Educational Coding Software
  • Software that offers learning tools for students to learn coding including block-based coding (e.g. MakeCode in Minecraft, Scratch, etc.).
  • Support text-based coding languages e.g. Swift Playgrounds, Java, Javascript, etc.
ElementaryNone
Cyber SecuritySoftware - Network Protocol Analysers
  • Support functions to capture and analyse network traffic, through deep packet inspection of different layer protocols (e.g. TCP, UDP, etc.).
  • Support browsing the captured network data via a GUI or a command line interface.
  • Some analysers (e.g. Wireshark, Tcpdump, etc.) can be run on different OS (e.g. Linux, MacOS, Windows, etc.).
ModerateNone
Drone CodingHardware - Drone Kits
  • Drones can be a good and inspiring tool for students to learn computational thinking, coding, and analytical thinking.
  • The drones kits consist of various drone components such as propeller, motor, frame, etc. that can be assembled by students for learning the fundamental knowledge about drones including the structures, flying mechanism and how they work with drone coding.
  • Suitable kits should support coding (e.g. Scratch, Swift playground, Snap, Python, Blockly, etc.) for custom flight pattern.
ElementaryNone
Drone CodingHardware - Programmable Drones
  • Support to be remotely controlled through coding.
  • Support connection through Wi-Fi.
  • Support Coding with block-based (e.g. Scratch, Swift playground, etc.) or text-based coding languages (e.g. Javascript, Python, etc.) to control the drone.
  • Some drones models are with flight controllers while some require mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets with app to control the drones.
ModerateNone
Drone CodingSoftware - Drone Coding Software
  • Software for students to design custom flight patterns and/or to develop applications.
  • Support coding (e.g. Javascript, Python, etc.) for drone flight controllers to control drones.
  • Depending on individual software, the software can be run in different forms such as mobile apps, desktop applications, etc.
ModerateNone
Digital Game Design and DevelopmentHardware - Graphic Cards / External GPUs
  • Support high quality graphics, 3D animation and video display for digital game development.
  • Support graphics processor and VRAM to deliver high quality graphic experiences and compatible I/O connections internally (such as PCI Express) and externally (such as Thunderbolt 3, USB Type C, etc.).
  • Support APIs (e.g. Open Graphics Library (OpenGL), DirectX, Vulkan, etc.) in PC / laptops for rendering graphics.
ModerateNone
Digital Game Design and DevelopmentSoftware - Game Engines for Development
  • Support development tools including integrated development environment with support of coding languages (e.g. C#, Javascript, Python, C++, etc.), graphic editor, animation tools, APIs, etc.
  • Support features to create digital games, including three-dimensional, two-dimensional, virtual reality, and augmented reality games, as well as simulations, animations and other game experiences.
  • Support different platforms (e.g. PC (Windows, MacOS), headset, game consoles, mobile devices (e.g. iOS, Android), etc.).
ModerateNone
IoT CodingHardware - Educational Microcontrollers
  • Support coding (e.g. Scratch, Python, etc.) on different operating systems (e.g. Windows, MacOS, etc.).
  • Normally consists of sensors, buttons, display, connectivity (e.g. Bluetooth, USB), etc.
  • May be used as remote sensing nodes, smart home devices or other parts of an IoT network.
ElementaryNone
IoT Coding / Robotics CodingHardware - IoT Hardware Kits
  • Support a range of input sensors such as temperature sensors, humidity sensors, pressure sensors, light sensors, proximity sensors, RFID readers, etc.
  • Support various output devices such as LEDs, small OLED screens, speakers, motors, servos, etc. that can be combined with the microcontrollers to make IoT devices.
ElementaryNone
IoT CodingSoftware / Cloud Services - Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for Microcontrollers Coding
  • Support transfer of coded programs (e.g. C++, Python, etc.) to compatible microcontrollers.
  • Students can write code by such tools for the microcontrollers to perform functions such as controlling, sensing and communication among devices.
ElementaryNone
IoT CodingSoftware / Cloud Services - Management and Analytic Tools for IoT Devices
  • Support different IoT functions such as monitoring physical IoT devices, making connections between multiple IoT devices, data streaming.
  • Support real-time analytics functions to collect, filter, transform.
  • Support the use of APIs and coding languages (e.g. SQL, Javascript, C#, etc.), etc. to drill into unstructured data from IoT devices.
ModerateNone
Mobile App DevelopmentHardware - Mobile Devices
  • Devices including smartphones, tablet computers, etc. that are used to develop, test and run mobile apps.
ElementaryNone
Mobile App DevelopmentSoftware / Cloud Services - Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for App Development
  • Support tools including frameworks, app simulators, etc. to write, test and build apps for different operating systems (e.g. iOS, Android).
  • Support text editors for text-based coding (e.g. Xcode, Android Studio, etc.).
  • Support graphical user interface with drag-and-drop features for block-based coding (e.g. App Inventor, Thunkable, etc.).
ModerateNone
Robotics Building / CodingHardware - Modularisable Programmable Robot
  • Educational robot that can be modularised. Students will be able to disassemble the robot and learn about each component of the robot, and understand the relationship among the components.
  • Can be utilised in project-based learning, help students learn about project management and daily problem solving.
  • Support cloud data storage.
  • Support text-based programming languages like Python, Swift, C++, etc.
ModerateNone
Robotics CodingHardware - Preassembled Programmable Robots with Different Functions
  • Different types of preassembled programmable robots which can be coded to perform various functions such as simple movement, image analysis, voice dialogue, etc.
  • Examples of this type of robots include dancing robots, underwater robots, conversational robots and acrobatic wheeled robot.
  • Supported platforms for development may include mobile apps, specific desktop applications, etc., depending on the robots design.
ModerateNone
Robotics CodingHardware - Programmable Robot Kits
  • Support robot components such as bricks, wheels, motors, sensors, mechanical arms, processing unit on board, etc.
  • Allow students to assemble a robot.
  • Support coding on the assembled robot to design some tasks (e.g. following lines to grab, hold and move objects by robotic arms, etc.).
  • Support block-based coding (e.g. Makeblock App and mBlock Blockly) or text-based coding (e.g. Python editor in mBlock).
ModerateNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Hardware - 360 Degree Cameras
  • Cameras having a field of view that covers approximately the entire sphere or at least a full circle in the horizontal plane.
  • The photos and videos captured can be used to create 3D VR scenes / games / animations.
ModerateNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Hardware - Advanced VR / MR Head-mounted Display Devices with Controllers
  • Head-mounted devices (HMD) with controllers that can display high resolution quality of computer-generated panoramic images and data with low latency.
  • Some support providing MR experiences which present an overlay of digital content that interacts with objects in the real world to users.
  • Some support providing built-in hands tracking, interactions and gesture sensor module.
  • Support wired or wireless connection to a PC fully standalone with built-in computing power.
ModerateNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Hardware - Elementary VR Headsets (Slide-on Head-mounted Display)
  • An elementary VR headset consists of a holder that a smartphone is inserted into it for displaying VR scenes.
  • It is assembled by using simple and low cost components such as cardboards, plastic, etc.
  • Some of the headsets contain simple components for input and require additional controllers for advanced interaction.
  • It is suitable for designing and implementing simple VR applications.
  • Smartphone is required.
ElementaryNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Hardware - Hologram Devices
  • The projection system can either be embedded or mounted to the wall/floor.
  • Require a dark room with enough space.
  • Project up to roughly 1 meter from the surface.
  • Come with software that allows users to make 3D holograms of small, real world objects such as historical artefacts, as well as convert and upload 3D models, laser scans, point cloud models, and polygon models from most formats.
AdvancedNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Hardware / Software - Projectors, Motion Capture Devices and Associated Software for Virtual Reality CAVE System
  • Devices which create an immersive virtual reality environment, with a perception of being physically present in a non-physical world, where projectors are directed to between three and six of the walls of a room-sized cube.
  • Motion capture devices are used to record user's physical movements to interact with the environment.
AdvancedNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Software - Cross-platform Development Engine for Creating AR Apps
  • Support creating AR apps including applications and games that overlays computer-generated content on top of the real world.
  • The app can be deployed across platforms (e.g. iOS, Android, etc.) and devices (e.g. smartphones, tablet computers, etc.).
  • Mobile devices are required.
ModerateNone
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR)Software - Cross-platform Development Engine for Creating VR Scenes / Games / Animations
  • Support creating 3D VR scenes / games / animations which can be operated in different kinds of devices such as elementary VR headsets, advanced VR/MR head-mounted display, etc.
  • Support coding editor and 3D modelling editor.
  • Mobile devices are required.
ModerateRequire knowledge of computer graphics design and 3D modelling.
Web DevelopmentSoftware - Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for Web Development
  • Support comprehensive facilities for web development including source code editor, build tools, deployment tools, debuggers, etc.
  • Support different coding languages (e.g. .NET, Python, C++, etc.).
ModerateNone
Web DevelopmentCloud Service - Web Hosting Service
  • Provide online web hosting services.
  • Support functions of web server including data storage, Internet connectivity, domain name hosting, etc.
  • Allow students to make their websites accessible via the World Wide Web.
ElementaryNone
Others - Three Dimensional (3D) ModellingHardware - Laser Cutters
  • Used for 3D modelling maker workshops.
  • Support cutting or engraving different materials by following a pattern under software control.
  • Such workshops can produce complementary products for building an IT prototype.
ElementaryNone
Others - Three Dimensional (3D) ModellingHardware - 3D Printers
  • Used for 3D modelling maker workshops.
  • Support creating three-dimensional objects by joining or solidifying different kinds of materials under computer control.
  • Such workshops can produce complementary products for building an IT prototype.
  • 3D printing filament is required.
ElementaryNone
Others - Three Dimensional (3D) ModellingSoftware - 3D Scanners
  • Used for 3D modelling maker workshops.
  • Support scanning real-world objects or environments to collect data on their shape and possibly its appearance.
  • Support constructing digital 3D models from the collected data, which is otherwise difficult to be built with 3D modelling software.
  • Such workshops can produce complementary products for building an IT prototype.
ElementaryNone
Others - Three Dimensional (3D) ModellingSoftware - 3D CAD Software
  • Used for 3D modelling maker workshops.
  • Support creating and designing 3D models which can be processed by 3D printers to create three-dimensional objects.
  • Such workshops can produce complementary products for building an IT prototype.
ElementaryNone

Important Notes:
1. The purpose of the reference equipment list is to provide general information on IT products for organising IT-related activities funded under the IT Innovation Lab in Secondary Schools initiative. The reference items, descriptions and specifications are for reference only. They do NOT imply recommendation, endorsement or guarantee of any product by OGCIO, nor are they specific purchase instructions. Participating schools should select and procure suitable product(s) by making individual assessments or relevant consultation on the applicability of the items, regardless of whether they are on the reference equipment list, according to the needs of their needs and circumstances of the schools.

2. Rapid technology development has given rise to a wide range of relevant products available and hence this reference equipment list is by no means to be treated as exhaustive. It was drawn up through consolidation of advice of the Advisory Committee to the IT Innovation Lab in Secondary Schools initiative and experience arising from Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools. OGCIO will review and update the reference equipment list as and when appropriate as recommended by the Advisory Committee.

3. The IT Innovation Lab in Secondary Schools funding may cover the one-off cost and warranty or maintenance and related cost within the three school years up to 2022/23 school year. Participating schools may need to take into account any cost of works and recurrent expenses incurred beyond the three school years period.

4. Participating schools should adhere to the principles of open and fair competition, transparency, integrity and innovation on procurement and are required to follow proper procurement, accounting and financial control procedures as set out in the EDB Circular No. 4/2013, the School Administration Guide, the Stores and Procurement Regulations and other relevant guidelines, as revised from time to time. Participating schools should also make reference to the “Best Practice Checklist on Procurement” issued by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).