In 2006, the Nintendo Wii started a new era of home fitness. And more recently with the advent of cloud and AI technology, home fitness is once again raised to new heights as professional online fitness services are becoming mainstream. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on across the globe, the world has seen virtual fitness programs become both a new reality for fitness enthusiasts and a new income source for fitness centers. Unsurprisingly, CES 2021 saw many businesses unveil their virtual fitness programs targeting this new market. Among them is Uniigym, a TTA-assisted startup with its own in-house developed AI cloud interactive fitness technology service. Uniigym boasts professionally designed fitness entertainment with a much lower barrier to entry and has attracted the interest of companies around the globe.
With the advent of the AI era, big data analysis has become the crucial technology for upgrades in various industries. However, physical equipment and online websites in both factory manufacturing lines and businesses, respectively, generate immense amount of data. Enterprises must strive to boost the operational efficiency by seeking ways to practically clean data to obtain the valuable information and to ensure strategies are made with more precision insight. Chao-Lung Yang from the Department of Industrial Management at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) and his team conducted in-depth research on big data analysis in different fields and scenarios and assisted enterprises across different industries to go through digital transformation with the aid of their research results.
Against the backdrop of nonstop technological advancements, smart energy has become a key policy for governments and enterprises around the globe. However, despite years of development, there is still room for improvement in the three major areas of innovative energy solutions: generation, storage, and conservation. A team led by Cheng-Chien Kuo, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), has been using AI and various information technology (IT) tools to help government agencies, factories, enterprises, households and other users track their electricity information more accurately and allow for the formulation of strategies that can further optimize energy use.
VNG is the first Vietnamese company ever to achieve unicorn status, with a valuation of more than $1 billion. The gaming industry leader in Vietnam has not taken any actions after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nasdaq for pursuing an initial public offering (IPO) since 2017. Nor has it confirmed market hearsays about its plans to raise US$3 billion in a reverse merger deal in relation to a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
The global manufacturing industry is facing several challenges right now, including a manpower shortage and a lack of diversity in production methods. As such, a large number of production lines are getting automated, driving development in the robotics industry.
BlackBerry and AWS formed a partnership in 2020 to launch BlackBerry IVY, a new intelligent vehicle data platform that provides automakers a consistent and secure way to analyze the in-vehicle information, and further use the information to create services for drivers to enhance the driving experience. Sarah Tatsis, BlackBerry SVP talked to DIGITIMES to comment on this collaboration and BlackBerry IVY's future development.
The cloud is often regarded as the key to successful enterprise digital transformation, with each industry having its own requirements for cloud architecture. Once digitization is complete, cloud platforms are the backbone of the enterprise. But if the infrastructure is not set up with a stable and long-term maintenance service, the lack of support will significantly impact future operation. In response, WiAdvance offers customized hybrid cloud solutions that meets the needs of different industries and follows up with a long-term service maintenance model so that enterprises can rest easy and focus on expanding their business and strengthening their market competitiveness without distraction.
As highlighted by the United Nations in 2019, there is a growing proportion of the elderly population across the world, especially in urbanized countries. This rapid increase of the elderly population exerts great stress on the existing manpower-based care models. The use of AI, IoT, big data and other new smart care technologies has become an important trend in the global healthcare industry. Imedtac uses time-of-flight (ToF) sensor technology to create a new generation of smart care system. The system can not only be quickly installed for use in wards, it can also help healthcare professionals to quickly and precisely understand care recipient's current status through AI analysis.
It is well known that highways are the lifeblood of metropolitan transportation. To increase the speed of highways and the convenience of road users, Taiwan entrusted Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection (FETC), a subsidiary of the Far Eastern Group, with the operation of the nation's highway electronic toll collection (ETC) system through a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model in 2004. More commonly known as just the "ETC" in Taiwan, the system has weathered through its early difficulties and controversies 17 years ago to become a model to replicate for countries around the globe, says FETC International vice president and chief technology officer, Richard Wu. FETC International is now planning to share its successful ETC model and experience in Taiwan to foreign markets.
In the age of globalization, remote technology has become the best tool for educational organizations to shorten the distance between cities and rural areas and minimize the difference in resources, especially with the frantic adoption of remote teaching by many schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the unstable nature of the pandemic, this educational model may become a constant in the future. However, ensuring that teachers maintain the efficiency and quality of teaching in a different space and medium has become a problem schools must solve first. The vice president of AVer Information Inc, Stanley Cheng, stated that remote teaching in schools today mostly use existing online meeting platforms in the market. On the other hand, AVer has integrated AI technology into products to assist teachers in strengthening teaching efficiency through smarter functions.
Different industries have been finding different ways to adapt to the global digital transformation. For example, customer service centers, which are heavily reliant upon extensive manpower, are now looking to transform because of the difficulties associated with employee training and rising labor costs. The most common tactic of the first call centers to undergo this transformation process was to utilize voice-activated self-service systems, which would allow customers to select the information they need through the click of a button, thereby reducing the wait time and the burden on customer service staff. There are also enterprises that chose to move their customer service centers to cost-competitive areas or outsource the department to professional customer service enterprises in a bid to reduce overall costs.
The Taiwan Excellence Award is often a reference point for many overseas buyers when they purchase Taiwanese products. Smart medical equipment company and winner of the 2021 Taiwan Excellence Award, Acer Medical, has announced that it will be attending the Smart Upgrade with AI Webinar which is promoted by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and jointly hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Information Service Industry Association of ROC.
Megvii Technology, a China-based artificial intelligence (AI) company, has finally received its notice of admission for listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR market). The approval in September 2021 comes after six months of waiting.
After 12 years as an engineer and salesperson in the semiconductor industry, Andy Lin founded Yo-Kai Express, a food technology startup. Lin has integrated Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, modular supply chain management, artificial intelligence (AI), and material science to develop a new platform that breaks through the confines of space and time.