Published:  12:48 AM, 01 November 2017 Last Update: 01:06 AM, 01 November 2017

Making headway in tech innovation

Making headway in tech innovation

The 2017 Edition of Taipei International Electronics Industry Exhibition or TAITRONICS - successfully ended at Taipei Nangang Exhibition centre in Taipei, Taiwan. It was the 43rd anniversary of the expo running from October 11 to 14 under the supervision of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA).

The event created a unique platform for great set of innovations involving the recently emerged issues- Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. The 4-day event featured 400 IT manufacturers who used 800 booths to showcase the latest electronics industry technology and next generation products, attracting more than 74 countries, nearly 16,000 domestic and foreign buyers and industry experts.

Further, to drive innovation and to facilitate creative alliance in different industries, the first Smart Innovation Application Award contest was organized. 12 winning products were displayed during TAITRONICS.

For the first time, TAITRONICS laid the platform for international well known accelerators, which can also be addressed as seekers and moderators for startups. Notable accelerators were Garage+, TSS, Innoventure Startup Club Taipei and TRIPLE, all together bringing forth 14 innovative local and international startups.

The startup accelerators helped the startups to project their innovative designs of physical monitoring, power monitoring, wearing devices and intelligent life and other products through the electronic exhibition platform to find strategic partners but also to stimulate domestic and foreign manufacturers of innovative energy.

Such participation demonstrated not only how the TAITRONICS platform has integrated the electronics industry chain but also how it has become the optimal platform for building diverse, disruptive applications and innovative tech solutions particularly in the Far-East Asian region.

To state literally the highlights of the exhibition included new age technologies and innovations. Compal launched "BOOSTFix", which uses lightweight electronic protractor to automatically track the measurement results. The service states that, "a doctor can edit the commonly used rehabilitation exercise, and assign the designated patients; the patient can be in accordance with the system and movement awareness.

In its bid to solve the parking problems - NISI Industrial R&D "NBIOT/ CAT-M1 highlighted the Wireless Intelligent Parking System", using accurate geomagnetism sensors to determine whether the parking spaces are occupied or not, with additional help from telecommunications company's base station as a receiver.

Lite-On Technology showcased its "LITE-ON Smart City Street Light" capitalising on the popularity of street lamps over street lights for the installation of sensors, photographic lens, wireless network and a variety of wireless communications Modules.

In the future, the solution can also incorporate air pollution monitoring, intelligent traffic monitoring, urban safety and even river water level monitoring, to help the government to do better urban services, so that the city's life is made more convenient.

Apart from the AIoT Pavilion and the Startup Pavilion, there were six feature pavilions that could not be missed. All the pavilions focused on the latest worldwide topics and technologies, including Smart Devices and IoT Application Pavilion, Cloud Computing, Taiwanese Cloud and IoT Pavilion, Green Technology Living Certification and Made in Taiwan Product MIT smile mark appliance Theme Pavilion.

In addition to displays, a series of forums and seminars was also held during TAITRONICS.  Topics of the forums and seminars focused on IoT handheld smart device, smart cities, wearable devices, automobile technology and LPWAN. Through prospective insights, high tech professional forum activities, and inspiring industry talents, TAITRONICS has in my opinion done quite enough to promote innovative research and development for the new generation.

"AIoT Intelligent Life Experience Museum" showcased the intelligent manufacturing ecosystems, intelligent agriculture, intelligent education, intelligent transportation, intelligent retail and other cross-domain applications, during the exhibition to attract a large number of domestic and foreign buyers' attention.

In line with Big Data, IoT and AI technology trends, TEEMA invited the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) to showcase the achievements of a wide range of cross-industry smart applications in the AIoT Pavilion, such as smart agriculture, smart transportation, smart retails, smart medical and more.

As far as domestic manufacturers are concerned, this year's TAITRONICS attracted enthusiastic participation from mainland China, India, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore exhibitors.

Earlier during the opening ceremony, Ming-Hsin Kung, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced the successful accomplishment of Taiwan's ICT industry and government's determination to invigorate domestic collaboration with Southeast Asian countries. "TATRONICS successfully leads Taiwan electronics industry into another wave of paradigm shift as it enters the 43rd edition."

TAITRA Chairman James CF Huang unveiled the themes and highlights of TAITRONICS 2017. "New Technology, New Applications" is the main theme for this year's event, which comprises 10 shows on subjects including Energy-Efficiency Solutions, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Living and Consumer Electronics, Broadband Products and Cloud Tech, Cells, Batteries and Power Supplies, Industrial Process and Automation Equipment, Electronic Components and Parts, Active and Passive Components, Meters and Instruments and LED Lighting and Applications. Key exhibitors were Cheng Uei, Chroma, Compal, Excel Cell Electronic, GW Instek, Inventec, KING DESIGE, Lite-On, Protech, TATUNG, Tenmars and more.

In his speech, Huang noted that in addition to key leading Taiwanese companies, exhibitors from India, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and China were also exhibiting to infuse their creativity into the show.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India has made great connection with TAITRONICS for several years. They organised a National Pavilion again this year and led a delegation to visit TAITRONICS." Besides India, Japan and Korea also coordinated national pavilions.

The Indian government set up the "Make in India National Pavilion" at TAITRONICS, and held a trade association summit between the Taiwan and India Industry Link Summit Forum. The Japan Radio Promotion Association got together six EMI / EMC solutions and related materials manufacturers. The Japan Pavilion organised local exhibitors from Akita Prefecture, Japan.

In addition to the advantages of the supply chain in the middle and lower reaches of the electronics industry in Taiwan, this year's electronic exhibition has led to the combination of artificial intelligence (AIoT) and Internet of Things (AIoT) innovation and development.

Mojahidul Islam is Technology Editor at Daily Ittefaq. He can be reached at

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