Eco Expo Asia welcomed record visitor numbers to discover the latest green tech and environmental protection solutions
 
Nov 29, 2018
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HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 13th edition of the show, held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, welcomed a record 14,824 visitors from 106 countries and regions. With 54% of visitors coming from outside of Hong Kong, the expo lived up to its billing as an international gathering point for the environmental protection industry. Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair is also co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The 2018 fair embraced the theme of “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future” to align with the global push to raise environmental awareness and strive for better waste management. Highlighted environmental sectors at the show included Waste Management and Recycling, Water Treatment and Quality Management, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency and Green Transportation. In total, 338 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions participated. The Startup Zone also returned after a successful debut last year. 20 startups showcased their innovative new products and technologies offering a glimpse into the future direction of the green tech industry.

In line with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area scheme to link the cities in the region and strengthen economic integration, Eco Expo Asia saw pavilions and group participations from all nine municipalities in the region as well as the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao. The Greater Bay Area Zone represented a major presence at the fair. In recognition of the extensive green business opportunities emanating from the region, a Greater Bay Area Forum was also organised to reveal more about green projects and future developments of interest to the environmental protection industry.

Eco Asia Conference among the key event programme sessions to gather global green industry experts The Eco Asia Conference is a high-level gathering that invites influential industry experts and academics from around the world to discuss important environmental issues. Some 40 speakers delivered talks and discussions on wide-ranging topics that touched on pressing environmental concerns affecting Hong Kong and Asia as well as far-reaching global issues. Meanwhile, a wide range of other event sessions delved into other essential environmental topics including smart construction, green transportation and a government department forum.

Mr Syed Mubarak, Director of Sustainability & MEP-Plant Operations, Sands China Ltd, attended the Green Buildings and the Renewable Energies and Usage sessions of the conference: “While the sessions focused on very different topics, they both offered abundant solutions to help combat climate change and that’s ultimately why we are all attending this fair, looking for fresh new ideas and to connect with different people.”

Comments from exhibitors:

“We are exhibiting reverse vending machines for recycling items like plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles which operate on a user deposit scheme. We were thrilled to have the chance to speak with representatives from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department and explain to them how the system works. We are exhibiting this year as we think our system would integrate very easily into Hong Kong and around Asia. The fair is a great chance to meet potential clients.”

Mr Andre Farstad, Business Development, Circular Economy, TOMRA Sorting Technology (Xiamen) Co Ltd (Norway)

“This year we met many new customers and they found our products very interesting. We managed to verbally confirm some orders at the fair, some from the private sector, some from various government departments. Eco Expo Asia has always been able to help us to achieve our exhibiting targets and it is well established in Hong Kong. We will come back next year, and we may even need a bigger booth!”

Mr Matthew Hin Sum Ho, General Manager, Enviro Process Technologies Co Ltd (Hong Kong)

Comments from buyers:

“My business concentrates on waste management solutions and I create waste management plans for different types of clients, ranging from governmental bodies to private organisations. I found that the exhibitors have been very friendly and happy to take the time to analyse my requirements and suggest solutions. This is much more important than just being sold a product as you are able to see whether it truly fits with your needs. In the past I have only visited environmental protection trade shows in Europe, but this year I wanted to try somewhere in Asia and Hong Kong seemed like the perfect place to start, I haven’t been disappointed.”

Mr Rustem Bassenov, Managing Partner, Tau Innovative Solutions (Kazakhstan)

“Our company primarily focuses on the IT aspect of the environmental industry. This year, I was searching for products related to energy management, sensors, odour-removers and air purifiers. I have found many useful business contacts at the fair and some are potential clients that we may cooperate with in the future. Eco Expo Asia is the major environmental fair in Hong Kong, and it is an effective platform for business traders to exchange information. I will definitely return next year.”

Mr Frederick Lee, Project Manager, Digital Green Technology Co Limited, Hong Kong

Comment from a speaker:

“I always enjoy coming to Eco Expo Asia as you are exposed to a variety of new, unexpected solutions. The panel discussions at this conference are a great platform for sharing and it was a good opportunity for me to update people on the environmental situation in Malaysia. It’s important to have these fringe programme events, and I think that we need more informative discussions year-round. This is also a good platform for networking; there were a lot of government officials from China, and I’ve met overseas media including from Finland. There’s no doubt that this is a good place to meet interesting people.”

Dr Theng Lee Chong, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Environmental Consultants and Companies of Malaysia (AECCOM), Malaysia

The next edition of Eco Expo Asia will be held from 30 October ‒ 2 November 2019 at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org

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Crossovers Abound! The International Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Community Descends in Tokyo for SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
 
Nov 27, 2018
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• Keynotes by NASA’s David Oh, MIT’s Erik Demaine, and GROOVE X’s Kaname Hayashi Explore the Limits of Engineering and Design
• Featuring 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions

TOKYO, Japan, 26 November 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 11th edition of SIGGRAPH Asia aims to take computer graphics and interactive techniques into space and beyond this year. Themed, Crossover, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, today announced the full lineup of its conference program. The annual conference and exhibition will take place from 4 – 7 December at the Tokyo International Forum, where 10,000 attendees from more than 60 countries are expected to attend.

"In a few short decades, the computer graphics and interactive techniques community has been exploring new frontiers of digital media and industries. The international teams at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will share their knowledge, crossover experiences and achievements to further inspire the next generation of the computer graphics community,” said Dr. Ken Anjyo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Conference Chair. "This year, we've also sought out keynote speakers, who are pioneers in their own fields beyond computer graphics, bringing interesting topics that are reflective of our conference theme "Crossover". We believe that the delegates will be very much excited to attend the future-minded conference.”

Close to 750 speakers will be presenting at the four-day conference. Notable panel and production sessions include:

The boundaries of Space, Origami and Robots will be explored through the Keynotes:

• Exploring Red Planets and Metal Worlds: How JPL turns Dreams into Reality by Dr. David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Technical Authority for “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World”
• Computational Origami: From Science to Sculpture by Dr. Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• New Generation Household Robot’s Concept by Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO, GROOVE X (Inventor of the Robot “Pepper”)
Invited Sessions from the Featured Sessions and Computer Animation Festival – Panel and Production Talks, which spotlights major breakthroughs in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, include:
• Featured Sessions – Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Creating Realistic Virtual Humans in the 21st Century with Christophe Hery, Senior Scientist, Pixar Animation Studios; Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd; Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, Senior Game Designer, Luminous Production; Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios and David Hanson, CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – The Making of Pixar’s Bao: A Production Panel with Domee Shi, Story Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Ian Megibben, Director of Photography, Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios; Rona Liu, Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Patrick Lin, Director of Photography – Camera, Pixar Animation Studios; Mara MacMahon, Character Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Cinematography of Incredibles 2 - Function and Style with Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios
• Featured Sessions – From Gollum to Thanos: Characters at Weta Digital by Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Behind the scenes of Solo - A Star Wars Story with Nigel Sumner, Creative Director, ILM Singapore Atsushi Kojima, Lead Animator, ILM Singapore

Cutting-Edge Technologies on the Exhibition Show-floor

A total of 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions will showcase the latest developments in hardware and software applications in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques on the exhibition show-floor.

Some of the key exhibiting companies and brands include: ASTRODESIGN, Inc., AWS Thinkbox, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., BinaryVR, Inc., CLO Virtual Fashion Inc, CyberAgent, Inc., Dell Japan Inc., Digital Hollywood University, Dwango Media Village, EEZ Production Studios Co., Ltd., FORUM8 Co., Ltd., HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., IMAGICA GROUP, InstaLOD GmbH, NOITOM, teamLab, Too Corporation, Tsinghua University-Tencent Joint Laboratory, Unity Technologies Japan G.K., VFX-Japan Association, Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Xsens Technologies B.V., YGGDRAZIL Group Co., Ltd, Zero C Seven, Inc. and more.

Delegates who are looking for career opportunities can head to the Job Fair, held by Imagica Digitalscape and Kurihaku Navi, where the companies will present job offers from leading companies in computer graphics, film and game studios.

Key Exhibits at the Art Gallery

The Art Gallery program is a specially curated exhibition that aims to engage, challenge and entertain the conference attendees via media works. Art pieces under the Crossover theme include, Candle TV (1975) by Nam June Paik, which is designed to represent two interrelated organisms in a communication system, and Mannbi (1981), a mask used in classical Japanese musical drama Noh, by Ayako Iwai.

Academic Sessions and Research Papers

For academia and industry professionals, the Technical Papers program will feature the results of state-of-the-art research on topics ranging from modeling and design to fabrication, from HDR imaging to novel displays, and physically based animation to capturing faces, bodies and hands and more. The Posters program is an interactive forum for innovative ideas that are not yet fully polished, it also showcases high-impact practical contributions, behind-the-scenes views of new commercial and artistic work and solutions that help solve challenging problems. The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to meet and discuss their work with one another and with a panel of experienced SIGGRAPH Asia researchers in an informal and interactive setting.

First-time Programs at SIGGRAPH Asia

Three sessions make their debut at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018. Real-Time Live!, deconstructs the most innovative interactive techniques on stage, while VR Theater, a part of the Computer Animation Festival program, will feature virtual reality narrative films in the newly established VR Theater. Production Gallery (Artists Behind The Scenes Exhibition), also a part of the Computer Animation Festival, is one-of-a-kind exhibit that recognizes the art, processes, and physical materials used to create major studio projects. This gallery features artwork, props, special makeups and more from recent films, TVCM or game productions. This program will be jointly operated with Born Digital of Japan.

To register for SIGGRAPH Asia, and for more details, visit https://sa2018.siggraph.org/registration/. Attendees can select from full week, single-day, and exhibition-only options.

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2018) will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 – 7 December 2018. The annual event held in Asia attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference will include a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Technical Briefs, Technical Papers and Virtual & Augmented Reality. A three-day exhibition held from 5 – 7 December 2018 will offer a business platform for industry players to market their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit http://sa2018.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia.

About ACM SIGGRAPH
The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm Cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is ACM SIGGRAPH’s event organizer for the last 10 editions of SIGGRAPH Asia. For more information, please visit www.koelnmesse.com.sg.

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Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
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2018 TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan Open to Reshape the future with New Technologies
 
Oct 12, 2018
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The 2018 Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS) and Taiwan International AIoT Show (AIoT Taiwan), jointly organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA), see their grand opening on October 9 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall1. Mr. Ming-Hsin Kung, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Mr. James C. F. Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, Mr. T. C. Gou, Chairman of TEEMA, and Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, India, unveiled the themes and highlights of TAITRONICS 2018 and AIoT Taiwan 2018.

The four-day show will highlight the theme “Transforming for an Innovative Future.” In parallel, the inaugural edition of “AIoT Taiwan” will be held, bringing renowned firms including Chunghwa Telecom, Advantech, Lite-On Technology, Delta Electronics, , Mobiletron, Protech Systems, Good Will Instrument, TES Electrical Electronic Tenmars Electronics, ECE, TARO &TYC, and The System Group. These companies come together under one roof and attract more than 350 exhibitors using over 650 booths.

Organizers have joined forces with strategic cooperative partners and dedicated media channels to host a spate of forums and seminars during the exhibition period, conduct deep discussions on such subjects as AIoT development trends, India-Taiwan Electronics Meet, and edge computing. Experts with forward-looking perspectives and high tech content are invited to explore and analyze the positioning of industries within tech development trends, to inspire new-generation innovation capabilities.

TEEMA, TAITRA, and the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) have joined forces again to jointly host the “2nd Innovative Smart Application Competition.” This event aims to expand AIoT technological applications and innovations, encourage exhibitors to organize cross-industry, cross-trade and cross-border competition teams, and create new AI and IoT business opportunities. This year, 12 award-winning products have been selected and will join the dedicated exhibit area “Smart Innovation Application Award Winner's Hall of Fame”, which will allow the interactive situational presentation of 12 AIoT application products and solutions.

The organizers are expecting to attract more than 1,500 international buyers to the show. In order to efficiently assist international buyers search for potential partners with excellent products, TAITRA will organize one-on-one procurement meetings, matching the business opportunities of the supply and demand. At the same time, the largest Taiwan’s national B2B e-commerce portal - Taiwantrade will provide assist businesses everywhere in finding quality suppliers and products from Taiwan.

For more information on TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan, its exhibitors, forums and activities, please check out the official website: www.taitronics.tw.

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Energy-saving Products and Green Tech at Eco Expo Asia
 
Oct 09, 2018
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9 October 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia will run from 25 to 28 Oct at AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring some 330 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.

Groups from the Chinese mainland’s Hunan, Zhaoqing and Inner Mongolia will participate for the first time, joining 13 international pavilions to showcase the latest green technologies. In line with the government’s efforts to push the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, various cities will gather in the Greater Bay Area Zone to present local green opportunities. The Environment Bureau will cooperate with different government departments to form an HKSAR Government booth, the largest zone at the expo, to promote environmental policies and a range of green projects.

“We are currently facing a range of environmental challenges across the globe,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The business sector and governments across Asia have been actively promoting waste reduction and energy saving. As Asia’s leading innovative technology hub, Hong Kong can provide the latest solutions for carbon reduction and drive the region’s development of the environmental industry through events such as Eco Expo Asia, bringing together a wide array of innovative green products and technologies.”

Mr Chau noted that there are plenty of business opportunities in the green market. According to the government’s Census and Statistics Department, the value added by Hong Kong’s environmental industry in 2016 was HK$8.4 billion, growing 6.7% year on year. Statistics also showed that investment in the environmental sector on the Chinese mainland, including environmental pollution control, waste management and energy-saving, is projected to exceed Rmb$15 trillion during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

Commenting on the importance of Eco Expo Asia, Alice Cheung, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Department, said she hopes the event will enhance cooperation and exchange between the government and industry players, promote the enormous opportunities in Asia, encourage the business sector and government departments to conduct green sourcing, and help to raise public awareness on environmental issues.

Nine Thematic Zones: Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technology

To promote waste-reduction awareness among businesses and the public, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new theme this year – “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. The expo will feature nine thematic zones, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling and the Startup zone, presenting a comprehensive range of green products and technologies.

An increasing number of start-up companies are being attracted to invest in research and development in green products and technologies. The expo’s Startup Zone will feature products from 20 fledgling companies, offering them a prime opportunity to connect with potential investors and business partners. Some of the start-up products and technologies were showcased at today’s Eco Expo Asia press conference, with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) highlighting its patented innovative soundproofing metamaterials that outperforms traditional soundproofing material such as sponge and rock wool. This pioneering technology is highly effective in blocking sound in adverse conditions and can be applied to power generation and energy systems, transportation and household appliances.

Green Transportation Zone: Ready and Charged for a Test Drive/Ride

One of the hottest environmental trends is the development of green transportation that will help to reduce exhaust emissions and carbon footprint. Several eco-vehicles and charging devices will be on display at the expo, including the Nissan e-NV200 electric car that is equipped with a 40kWh high-capacity lithium battery offering 80% chargeability in 40 minutes. Hyundai’s second-generation commercial hydrogen fuel cell electric car, Nexo, will also be presented at the expo. The model is the first hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV to be showcased in Hong Kong, with a drive distance of over 600 kilometres and a five-minute fuel fill time.

Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or queue on-site.

Eco Asia Conference: To Unveil Green Policies and Business Opportunities

The Eco Asia Conference will run concurrently with the expo, bringing together government officials and business leaders from various countries and regions to share their insights on a range of issues. Experts from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong will discuss smart water management solutions and the latest wireless sensor network for metropolitan smart drainage systems. Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, together with other mainland officials, will share the country’s latest green policies and initiatives to prevent water pollution in the pan-Pearl River Delta region. In addition, the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet” Symposium, where experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest developments in construction noise-control policies and innovative methods for quieter construction.

Green Mart and Workshops on Public Day to Promote Green Living

Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. Free shuttle bus services will be offered between the venue and other locations in the city throughout the fair period. Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly products and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. At the Public Day Forum, a representative from the Hong Kong Observatory will assess the impact of global warming on Hong Kong while a Water Supplies Department representative will share tips on smart water usage.

The concurrent Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) at the AsiaWorld-Expo will showcase outdoor lighting, industrial lighting, advertising lighting, lighting accessories, parts and components for construction design. In addition, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held from 27-30 Oct at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), creating synergy and more business opportunities for exhibitors.

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Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com/tc

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Asia: A Hotbed of Innovation
 
Sep 30, 2018
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Asia continues to deliver technological innovations par excellence to the global community. Such is the unprecedented growth of Asian enterprise that more people are moving to cities, effectively expanding one metropolis after another. This has the effect of rapid and widespread urbanization with an estimated 50% + of Asian people now living in cities. No other continent on the planet boasts as many megacities as Asia, at 17 and growing fast. The implications of this urbanization are unprecedented.

For starters, the paradigm shift from rural to urban has spawned a new economic class of people, and its affecting every facet of Asian life. A thriving cultural milieu now embraces Asia, and it is expanding outwards at a rate of knots. This means that Asian enterprise and innovation are deeply entrenched in the psyche of countries across the region. This spans China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Philippines and well beyond. The mass migration of people into urban areas brings with it a myriad of opportunities for new concepts, exciting ideas, and cultural growth.

This type of change comes with many challenges. Existing infrastructures are being placed under immense pressure to accommodate ever-growing numbers of people. Power grids, sanitation systems, roads and highways, housing markets, transportation facilities and so forth must grow rapidly to keep pace with these changes. Asian imaginative flair is up to the challenge, with a series of featured innovations designed to foster growth, support massive urbanization, and enhance productivity like never before. The indomitable Asian enterprises – the juggernauts of global commerce – are able to extract the best from their employees, thanks to participative styles of management, innovative idea generation through top-tier open innovation platforms, and greater efficiency across the board. Such is the broad mindedness of Asian enterprise that many exciting new processes, systems, and innovations are now available. In 2016, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) launched its Watt A Box idea. This was a limited-edition concept designed to help users with mobile phone charging. The KFC box doubles as a take-out box and a phone charger replete with USB cable and lithium-ion battery. It was released in Mumbai and Delhi in India, and proved to be a resounding success at the time.

Safety first in Asia

Chinese on-demand taxi company Didi Chuxing has always operated on the cutting edge, much like Uber and Lyft. 2 years ago, this company launched a safety feature known as an SOS button via its app. With so much congestion in Asia, and so much demand for transportation, drivers tend to rush all over the place, endangering their passengers. To prevent such reckless activity, this ride service placed another consumer-friendly feature on the app. The company gets alerted every time a rider feels at risk. Much like its US-based counterpart Uber, Didi Chuxing also allows riders to share their itinerary with friends and family who can then monitor the trip in real time. The security measures came about after a female passenger was murdered by one of the drivers.

Safety is a big issue across Asia, and for good reason. Thailand is home to many reported incidents of violence against women. However, one makeup company – Oriental Princess – is having none of it. It perfected a product known as Lip Rescue. The lipstick dovetails as an alert system when the user blows into it. It emits a 120 dB high pitched sound which can be heard within a radius of 100 m. With an estimated 3 attacks against women every minute, Thailand certainly benefits from this innovation.

Making Space in Densely Populated Cities

Cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Mumbai and others face a major problem when it comes to space. People live on top of one another in high-rise apartments, often in pokey apartments. To combat this problem, companies across Japan and beyond have pooled their collective talents to conjure up workable solutions. One such company, Yves Behar in tandem with MIT Media Lab has crafted robotic furniture for micro--sized apartments. Known as Ori, this smart furniture features units that dovetail as bookshelves, beds, tables and the like. They are all fully programmable via an app, and allow for maximum space utilization. Tokyo is not alone in this, other major cities like Singapore have partnered with major multinational enterprises like 3M to create noise cancelling construction materials. These initiatives are but a handful of the many exciting innovations currently underway across Asia.

 
 
Shanghai 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference kicks off, China's AI biggest players surfaced
 
China Knowledge Online
Sep 18, 2018
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Sep 18, 2018 (China Knowledge) - The 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) opened yesterday in Shanghai, with the theme "New Era of Artificial Intelligence". WAIC gathered not only some of the most influential scientists in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also some front-line entrepreneurs.

The chiefs of BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent), Robin Li, Jack Ma and Pony Ma attended the conference, and made speeches on different aspects of AI. Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun, Microsoft's global executive vice president Shen Xiangyang also attended the conference.

Robin Li in his speech said that modernization today is AI. Arguably, no company in the future can claim to have nothing to do with AI. In his opinion, a true AI company possess three qualities, which are, AI thinking, AI ability and the ethics of AI.

Li further explained that AI thinking means rethinking the company's strategy based on Internet of Everything (IoE). Whether it is the PC or the mobile internet, the main focus of the enterprise should still be on the software level. But in the era of AI, enterprises must pay more attention to the combination of software and hardware to find new innovation opportunities.

The AI definition, on the other hand, is the ability of companies to leverage AI technology rather than the invention of AI. Currently there are a large number of open source platforms in the field of AI, so people should combine industry characteristics and competitive environment to strengthen their own business.

Finally, the AI ethic mean that a true AI company must be "AI" not only technically but also culturally. The highest principle of AI is ‘safe and controllable.’ AI's vision of innovation is to promote equal access to technological capacity. The value, is to teach people to learn and to grow, rather than to replace and surpass them. The ultimate ideal, is to bring more freedom and possibility to human beings.

While there is a debate that development of AI will lead machines to replace humans which may result massive unemployment. Li seemed least concerned about it, he is of the view that "we see that every technological revolution is accompanied by a lot of people being replaced by machines, and a lot of new opportunities being created."

Alibaba’s Jack Ma said, "We are worried, hopeful and confused about the expectations of the technological revolution of AI." It is not only a technology, but it is a way we understand the external world, the future world, the human body and redefining our thinking.

Jack said that, in future, AI will transform manufacturing industry into service industry, which is the perfect fusion of both. The future of manufacturing depends on services, and the quality of services determines the quality of new manufacturing. Those enterprises, which do not comply with this intelligent transformation, will be eliminated.

The Internet, Jack Ma opined, is a relationship of production. Big computing is a productive force, and big data is a means of production. Big computing combined with cloud technology is the real future. The age of data is also a significant opportunity for supply reform and economic transformation.

He concluded that, if we fail to promote the transformation of manufacturing industry and the social transformation towards a greener and more inclusive society, AI, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are meaningless.

Tencent’s Pony Ma expressed his opinion by saying that AI is a transnational and interdisciplinary scientific exploration project. Various enterprises and countries should strengthen the communication and connection in this field.

The development of AI technology is leading the era of "big social network". WeChat has 1 billion monthly active users, making it the first Internet product in China with that many users. Connecting people to each other through billions of nodes, but if connected people to things or services, the scale will grow to tens or even hundreds of billions. The key to the connection between human and object, and human and service is AI.

We also need to take into consideration the possible social impacts of future AI's development. AI technology in the future is likely to become a master key. For example, some people in China have used AI technology to make and distribute internet virus, or the use of this technology for network scams. All this force us to change the traditional security protection mode.

Pony Ma later posed the following questions to arouse thinking of the global AI practitioners:

I. Comprehensibility: Can AI algorithms become clear, transparent and explicable?

II. Controllability: How to prevent AI from harming the interests of humans or the whole civilization? And, will the decisions made by AI still hold specific people accountable?

III. Availability: Can AI be used by as many people as possible, sharing technological dividends and avoiding a technological gap?

IV. Reliability: Is AI able to repair its own vulnerabilities fast enough to truly achieve security, stability and reliability?

Other prominent political and business figures including President Xi’s economic advisor Liu He, Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun and many others spoke at the event.

 
 
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Vietnamese Government Encouraged to Embrace Agricultural Innovation to Protect Vietnam's Economy & Food Security
 
JCN Newswire
Sep 12, 2018
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A statement from a coalition of local and international bodies across agriculture, commerce and trade September 11, 2018

HANOI, VIETNAM - (ACN Newswire) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently called for Vietnam's agriculture sector to become one of the top 15 most developed in the world in just ten years and utilise scientific and technological advances. His Excellency further emphasized that more innovation is needed to generate new drivers for growth to ensure macroeconomic stability. Such an ambitious agenda can be achieved only if the government embraces agricultural innovation.

Unleashing the possibilities of modern agriculture to support sustainable, inclusive development requires enormous investment, collaboration and a stable policy and regulatory environment. All three factors are critical in the context when Vietnam harnesses cutting-edge technology to accelerate its development.

Putting exciting new technology such as data science in the hands of farmers also relies on allowing them to continue using the tools that have helped to feed billions over recent decades. More people have access to safe, quality food than ever before in Vietnam and worldwide because farmers continue to have access to technology developed over the years.

To this day, crop protection tools such as pesticides play a critical role in producing more food using fewer resources. Without these tools, more than half of the world's crops would be lost to insects, diseases and weeds, leading to enormous economic and environmental damage. To increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese farmers as well as to ensure the future investment in innovation, Vietnamese farmers should be encouraged to have access to safe crop protection products supported by high quality training and education. This will ensure that farmers continue to produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for the community and export.

Against this backdrop, we call on the government to ensure that crop protection tools are properly assessed through a consistent, scientifically rigorous process in line with internationally accepted methods and standards. Such assessments need to be conducted by scientific experts and a suitable timeline should apply to allow for a thorough review. This is consistent with the direction recently set by the Prime Minister when His Excellency called for the removal of unnecessary government procedures that can stifle production and trade while reinforcing the need for transparency.

The industry takes its responsibility seriously and offers its commitment and support to help the Government achieve its food safety objectives. This includes continuing to research the development of alternative natural products, to promote the importance of the responsible use of crop protection products in Vietnam's agricultural sector, as well as providing a scientific and international standards-based approach towards achieving the government's objective of 30% reduction of product registrations by 2021 without sacrificing the sustainability and competitiveness of Vietnam agriculture. Also, it is important that proper police controls are reinforced to prevent illegal imports to Vietnam.

Dao Thu Vinh | Coordinator -- CropLife Vietnam | vinh.dao@croplifevietnam.org | Mobile: +84983330209

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R+T Asia 2019 expects to set new attendance records
 
Sep 06, 2018
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SHANGHAI, CHINA --( ASIA TODAY )-- After setting attendance records at R+T Asia 2018 and seeing record attendance at R+T in Stuttgart, R+T Asia 2019 is expected to shatter all previous records for the number of exhibitors and visitors. The exclusive annual trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates, windows, and sun protection systems is set for February 27 to March 1, 2019, at Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

The 2018 show filled 50,000+ square meters of space in six exhibition halls and attracted 507+ exhibitors and 34,000+ professional visitors from 92 countries and regions, seeking abundant business opportunities in the huge Asian market.

Based on the show’s recent success and market growth in the Asia-Pacific region, organizers expect R+T Asia 2019 to set new records in quantity and quality. Several prominent companies have committed to exhibit at R+T Asia for the first time. Such companies include Vertilux, the world’s top manufacturer of fabrics and components for the window covering Industry, and Gaviota Simbac, a leading global company in accessory and system business for smart awnings and rolling shutters.

Many areas of the show are expected to see new growth, such as the Korea Pavilion, which has attracted notable exhibitors such as Dongwon Industry, Daekyeong, Nakyung, Winplus, XERA, and others. The number of international exhibitors has also been increasing at a rapid rate, revealing an increasingly positive view of business opportunities in the Asia market.

New co-located exhibition for HD+ Asia

With annual Chinese consumption in the soft decoration industry now reaching 200-300 billion (RMB), the potential for growth in the Chinese market and the Asia-Pacific Region is expected to be huge. Inspired by this growth, R+T Asia is creating more opportunities for attendees. In 2018, the Yuhang Pavilion debuted with the Yuhang Home Textile Industry Association, representing top curtain manufacturers in China. In 2019, the HD+ Home Textile & Decoration Asia show will be featured in a brand-new exhibition hall at E7.

The HD+ show, operating under the theme of “Combining Product With Design,” will introduce product application scenarios for the office, hospital, and homestay environments and others. HD+ will take advantage of R+T Asia’s demonstrated ability to attract foreign business and boost domestic business by bringing buyers and exhibitors together.

Popular educational summits and conferences

As always, R+T Asia 2019 will bring its premium educational opportunities to attendees. The Smart Home 2025 pavilion will again demonstrate the realistic life of the future home, and the Soft Decoration Summit and Cadex Conference will create a channel for insider communication. More highlights and emphasis will be placed on industrial door knowledge at the 2019 Warehouse Construction Equipment Conference. InnovAction Hub and the International Window & Door Summit (IWDS) will again showcase the latest advanced technology and global trends.

For more information about exhibiting and attending R+T Asia 2019, go to www.rtasia.org/en.

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Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 Debuts with Distinction
 
Sep 05, 2018
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For the first time, business leaders and decision makers in the emerging Western China market can take advantage of the latest Professional AudioVisual and Integrated Experience solutions through the Chengdu InfoComm China platform

Chengdu, Sichuan, 5th Sept 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Chengdu InfoComm China made its debut with a bang, opening today with a dazzling showcase of cutting-edge Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions, many never before seen by the excited visitors who thronged the Western China International Expo City.

The buzz surrounding the lead-up to the show stemmed from the fact that Western China is a new and emerging market to be reckoned with. Testament to the promise of the region, Chengdu InfoComm China is the second such show to be organized within China. Event organizer InfoCommAsia has organized Beijing InfoComm China to great success since 2007, with the Beijing show held in April 2018 attracting a record 38,809 visitors.

David Labuskes, the Chief Executive Officer of AVIXA, said at the Opening Ceremony, “In April this year, we hosted our most successful Beijing InfoComm China show ever. If that success has taught us anything, it is that the pro-AV market in China is so significant — so dynamic — that it needs a second trade fair. One that is strategically located and professionally executed where the opportunity is the greatest. An event created to fuel the amazing momentum of technological innovation in this part of the world. Chengdu is the right place; Chengdu InfoComm China is the right event, right now.”

Guests officiating at the Opening Ceremony included Liu Ying, Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs and Ma Ze Lin, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition.

As a direct beneficiary of China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, Chengdu and the rest of the Western China region has been earmarked for development. Based on economic indicators from a survey conducted by the international well-known economic think-tank Milken Institute in 2017, cities in Western China are already outperforming the traditional heavyweights like Beijing and Shanghai.

Said Richard Tan, the Executive Director of event organizer InfoCommAsia, “After months of preparation and anticipation, we are heartened that the show has come to fruition. As a bridge between the best in cutting-edge Pro-AV and Integrated Experience solutions, and a dynamic emerging market which is a force to be reckoned with, we are certain that the next two days will be very exciting ones on the Chengdu InfoComm China show floor.”

AN OUTSTANDING SHOWCASE

The inaugural Chengdu InfoComm China runs at Hall 5 and Hall 6 while Summit at Hall 9. The exhibition which spreads over 30,000 square meters features top-of-the-line technologies from over 150 local and overseas exhibitors, all of whom are eager for a slice of the Western China economic pie. Big-name exhibitors at Chengdu InfoComm China include Intel, Yamaha, Harman, Epson, AOTO, Extron, WolfVision, Dataton AB, DigiBird, Hitevision, Digital China, GuoHua, BXB, IFLYTEK and DeskMedia.

Exhibition highlights include Command and Control systems for traffic management, security surveillance, defence and healthcare services, digital signage for advertising, retail and information communications, 3D projections for education, entertainment, museums and exhibitions, collaborative communications technology, conference systems for corporate and hospitality, and theatre systems for smart homes. Of these products and solutions, many are new to Western China.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

The Summit portion of Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 comprises a series of free summits and seminars are highly popular amongst visitors. These are conducted by industry experts who will provide macro overviews as well as in-depth insights into the latest innovations which are transforming specific industries.

Summit subjects focus on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital intelligence and smart city developments. InfoCommAsia is also partnering major corporations, industry associations and leading industry media including Intel, Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center, Digital Solutions Multimedia Asia, China Hotel Association Wisdom and China InfoWorld to deliver content which would be meaningful to participants.

6 September (Thursday)
CHENGDU ROOM
09:30-12:00 IOT Innovation Forum (co-organized with China InfoWorld)
14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

YIBIN ROOM
09:40-11:40 Industry Forum - Smart City & Smart Transportation (co-organized with Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center)
14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

NEIJIANG ROOM
09:30-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

7 September (Friday)
NEIJIANG ROOM
09:30-11:00 InfoCommAsia Seminar

As the show is slated to run until 7th September 2018, those who are interested in grabbing the opportunity to check out the technology on display or dropping in on a free Summit session are welcome to do so. For detailed information about the show and Summit agenda, please visit the official website or official WeChat.

All show visitors can:
 Redeem a limited-edition temporary parking signage.
 Participate in the Lucky Draw and stand a chance to win a 3-day-2-night travel package with round-trip air tickets and hotel accommodation to visit the inaugural InfoComm Southeast Asia (15th -17th May, 2019) in Thailand.

SHOW VENUE
Western China International Expo City
88 Fuzhou Road East, Tianfu New District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

TRAVEL INFORMATION

•Line 1, Western China Int'l Expo City Station (Exit C); or Guangzhou Road Station (Exit F) .
•Car park facilities are available on Guangzhou Road East
•Please inform taxi driver to let you alight at Western China Int'l Expo City (Shu Zhou Road)

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About the Show Organizer - InfoCommAsia
InfoCommAsia is the region’s preeminent organizer of tradeshows for the Professional Audiovisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions industries. Through industry-leading shows in China, India and Southeast Asia, InfoCommAsia connects global and regional Pro-AV and Integrated Experience purveyors as well as end-users across industries with the most important markets of Asia Pacific.

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E: candy.he@baobab-tree-event.com

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Fly high and far with Asia’s first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone created by NUS students
 
Sep 02, 2018
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Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway – such as helicopters and quadcopters – are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.

A first in Asia, the current prototype has flown above 10 metres in test flights – higher than a typical three storey building – utilising solar power with no battery or other energy storage on board.

This solar-powered drone, which was developed as a student project under the Innovation & Design Programme (iDP) at NUS Faculty of Engineering, can take-off and land vertically without a runway. Constructed using lightweight carbon fibre material, the quadcopter drone weighs only 2.6 kg, and has a surface area of about 4 sqm. It is fitted with 148 individually characterised silicon solar cells and supported by a frame equipped with four rotors.

A major aviation feat

Rotary winged aircraft are significantly less efficient at generating lift compared to their fixed wing counterparts. Hence, while there have been examples of solar airplanes in recent years, a viable 100 per cent solar rotary aircraft that can take-off and land vertically remains a major engineering challenge to date.

“Our aircraft is extremely lightweight for its size, and it can fly as long as there is sunlight, even for hours. Unlike conventional quadcopter drones, our aircraft does not rely on on-board batteries and hence it is not limited by flight time. Its ability to land on any flat surface and fly out of the ground effect in a controlled way also makes it suitable for practical implementation,” said Associate Professor Aaron Danner from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, who supervised the project.

The solar-powered quadcopter drone can be controlled by remote control or programmed to fly autonomously using a GPS system incorporated into the aircraft. The aircraft can potentially be used as a ‘flying solar panel’ to provide emergency solar power to disaster areas, as well as for photography, small package delivery, surveillance and inspection. Batteries can be incorporated to power the aircraft when there is no sunlight or for charging to take place during flight to enable operation when it is cloudy or dark. Other hardware such as cameras can also be included for specific applications.

Since 2012, eight NUS student teams have made successive design improvements and worked towards a fully-solar powered aircraft under the supervision of Assoc Prof Danner, who also holds a joint appointment at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore at NUS. The first solar-assisted quadcopter drone developed by students in 2012 could only achieve 45 per cent of flight power from solar cells and the rest from on-board batteries.

The latest team, comprising then-final year NUS Engineering students Mr Goh Chong Swee, Mr Kuan Jun Ren and Mr Yeo Jun Han, made further refinements to the earlier prototypes of the quadcopter drone. They eventually achieved a fully solar-powered flight with their latest prototype. The team members, who have just graduated from NUS in July 2018, were jointly supervised by Mr Brian Shohei Teo from the iDP programme for this project.

Mr Yeo said, “We encountered many engineering challenges when building the drone. These included finding an optimal number of solar cells efficient and light enough to power the propulsion system, which in turn has to be light and at the same time able to produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft. Other issues we faced included tuning and calibration of flight controls to enhance flight stability, as well as designing a frame that is lightweight yet sufficiently rigid. This has been an excellent learning opportunity for us.”

“To be able to make something fly under control for a long time is a very complex engineering problem. Our students have attained flight in its purest form, powered by natural sunlight. This is an amazing achievement,” said Mr Teo.

The team will continue to fine-tune the aircraft to further improve its efficiency. With these enhancements, they hope to bring the technology closer to commercialisation.