Malaysia and Taiwan engage in industrial collaborations to drive AIoT in Southeast Asia

Under the efforts of the New South Bound Policy, Taiwan and Malaysia engage in active industrial collaborations to create win-win partnerships that foster the sharing of experiences in industrial, economic and human resource developments. Taiwan has built up a strong competitive edge as a result of its long-term devotion to and achievements in electronics manufacturing, refined agriculture, smart healthcare, biotechnology and particularly eye-catching artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT advances. Taiwan’s strength in technology, industry and talent will enable it to play an important part helping drive Southeast Asia’s economic growth.

The Institute for Information Industry (III) organized the 2020 Malaysia-Taiwan Industrial Collaboration Summit – Smart City Sub-forum under the guidance of Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), with an aim to keep strengthening the integration of the industry value chain under the New South Bound Policy initiative. The two-day event took place on September 17 and 18, 2020 in an online format for the first time due to COVID-19. Participating Taiwan-based firms in IDB’s Smart City Development Projects including Papago, MoGaMe Mobile Entertainment, Iscom Online International Information, Avalue Technology, OPEN LiFE, Quadlink, Kiwi Technology and GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology presented their smart applications and services that demonstrate their strong local R&D capabilities built in the three-year engagement in the projects. Malaysian investors and government delegates also joined the event to enhance communication between smart city industries of Taiwan and Malaysia and create matchmaking opportunities.

Explosive growth of AIoT applications

AIoT applications took center stage at this year’s event. Apart from AI and IoT integration, the combination of AI with blockchain, big data analytics, image analysis, voice analysis or a slew of sensors gives rise to a diversity of smart applications that address information security. For smart surveillance, Iscom Online International Information built a secure campus solution combining AI-enabled image and voice monitoring. Using voice recognition to help enhance image recognition, the solution stands out from traditional video surveillance applications that only rely on image recognition.

Among the AIoT solutions targeting diverse applications in precise agriculture presented at the event was Quadlink’s Aquadlink Smart Aquaculture Application System, which makes use of remote monitoring, big data analytics and remote control IoT applications to improve aquafarm management and increase aquaculture production. In addition, an application that uses drones to spray farm chemicals on crops won a partnership opportunity engaging Taiwan-based GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology and Malaysia-based MATA Aerotech, which provides commercial drone services.

Kiwi Technology built a smart temperature control solution supporting multiple wireless communication technologies including LoRa for cold chain management of refrigerated goods in transit or in storage. It can be combined with a smart air quality management solution to measure and monitor carbon dioxide levels as an indicator of air quality in buildings.

IDB exerts active efforts in guiding Taiwan-based vendors to develop smart city solutions. In collaboration with 22 municipal governments, the central government allocates resources to address local needs raised by the governments of respective municipalities where vendors can test and refine their solutions. IDB has successfully guided 294 vendors who have created 223 smart applications, including AI-based air pollution monitoring and smart parking solutions. By consolidating resources from the government, industry, academia and research and integrating software and hardware systems, IDB aims to team up vendors with promising export potential, expand Taiwan’s influence in Southeast Asia and lead the industry toward exporting high value-added integrated systems.

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