What Makes S. Korea and Sweden the Most Innovative Countries in the World
Feb 19, 2018

South Korea and Sweden are the most innovative countries in the world, according to a league table covering everything from the concentration of tech companies to the number of science and engineering graduates.

The index on innovative countries highlights South Korea’s position as the economy whose companies filed the most patents in 2017.

Bloomberg, which compiles the index based on data from sources including the World Bank, IMF and OECD, credits South Korea’s top ranking to Samsung.

The electronics giant is South Korea’s most valuable company and has received more US patents than any company other than IBM since the start of the millennium. This innovation trickles down the supply chain and throughout South Korea’s economy.

Sweden in second place is fast gaining a reputation as Europe’s tech start-up capital.

The Scandinavian country is home to Europe’s largest tech companies and its capital is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to the number of “unicorns” – billion-dollar tech companies – that it produces per capita.

Education Hinders the US

The US dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index, for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled.

Bloomberg attributed its fall to 11th place from ninth last year largely to an eight-spot slump in the rating of its tertiary education, which includes an assessment of the share of new science and engineering graduates in the labour force. The US is now ranked 43 out of 50 nations for “tertiary efficiency”. Singapore and Iran take the top two spots.

The US’ ranking marks another setback for its higher education sector’s global standing in recent months: in September it was revealed neither of the world’s top two universities were considered to be American. Those honours went to the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge universities respectively.

In addition to the US’ education slump in the innovation index, Bloomberg claims the country also lost ground when it came to value-added manufacturing. The country is now ranked in 23rd place, while Ireland and South Korea take the top two spots.

Despite these setbacks, the Bloomberg Innovation Index still ranks the US as number 1 when it comes to its density of tech companies. The US is also second only to South Korea for patent activity.

These rankings may explain the disparity between Bloomberg’s list of innovative countries and the World Economic Forum’s own list of the 10 most innovative economies.

Under this ranking, compiled as part of The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, the US is listed as the second most innovative country in the world after Switzerland.

The US’ inclusion in this league table, and South Korea’s exclusion, are the two most notable differences between the different rankings.

Other than these nations, the majority of countries included in the top 10s are the same in both lists.

Tech Titan Israel

One nation to feature prominently in both innovation rankings is Israel.

Taking third spot in the Global Competitiveness Report’s innovation league table, Israel is ranked 10th best country in the world for innovation overall by Bloomberg. However, its index also ranks Israel as number 1 for two categories of innovation: R&D intensity and concentration of researchers.

Israel’s talent for research and development is illustrated by some of the major tech innovations to come out of the country. These include the USB flash drive, the first Intel PC processor and Google’s Suggest function, to name just three.

Despite being smaller than the US state of New Jersey with fewer people, Israel punches well above its weight on the global tech stage.

It has about 4000 startups, and raises venture capital per capita at two-and-a-half times the rate of the US and 30 times that of Europe.

When it comes to being a world leader at innovation, it may simply be the case that you get out what you put in: according to OECD figures, Israel spends more money on research and development as a proportion of its economy than any other country – 4.3% of GDP against second-placed Korea's 4.2%.

Switzerland is in third place spending 3.4% of its GDP on R&D, while Sweden spends 3.3%. The US spends just 2.8%.

By John Mckenna

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Towards Consolidated Energy Technology Conference @ SETA 2018
Feb 12, 2018

Bangkok, 9 Feb. 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Spring-cleaning our energy not only benefits environment, it also improves jobs and economy. SETA - Sustainable Energy Technology Asia (SETA), brings its highly anticipated conference to its third edition to Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bang Na Bangkok, Thailand from Mar. 21st to 23rd 2018.

Conference is supported by remarkable speakers from government, influential public and private business entities, and industry top suppliers. Through intense and inspirational dialogue, the conference aims to present upcoming innovative renewable energy solutions, which includes energy production, distribution and consumption. It particularly addresses them in the key infrastructures of transportation, industry and city planning.

Conference consists 4 parts:
1. CEO Energy Forum “ Future Energy Outlook”
• Energy Policy and Planning for the Next Decades
• Future Energy Industry to Low Carbon Decade
2. ASEAN Energy
• Power Interconnecting Grids
• Gas Pipeline ASEAN Map
• Digi-Energy Outlook
• Smart Grid
3. Smart Urbanisation & Energy Storage Technology
4. Innovative Renewable Energy Policies and Procurement

The chair will be presided by Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, ACM Dr. Prajin Juntong, SETAASIA’s Conference 2018 affirms its prominent role in the industry. Together with Kingdom’s deputy prime minister., visitors will be greeted by Minister of Energy, Thailand - Mr. Siri Jirapongpan, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand - Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Transport, Thailand - Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan - Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, General Director of World Nuclear Association - Ms. Agneta Rising and many important figures.

2018 edition is themed “ Towards Consolidated Energy Technology”. It expects over 7,500 professional visitors from over 50 countries to participate this year. Kicking off the conference with exhibition which demonstrates the inaugural idea to real old with “Smart Urbanization Simulation" with more 500 sqm such as smart condo, smart home, smart grid, smart retails, smart farm, SETA ASIA 2018 takes participants to sneak peek into revolutionary energy concepts of the future such as Smart Urbanisation , Future Energy and Fuel Cell Technology and many more.

Register now at SETAASIA.com

SETA 2018 details:

When: 21 to 23 March 2018
Where: Hall E103-104 of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bang Na, Bangkok, Thailand

For more information, or to register your attendance as a member of the media, visitwww.seta.asia or contact:
Email: marketing@gat.co.th; Tel No.: +66 2 6430744

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The 6th Edition of Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2018, Focusing on the Theme Achieving Peak Productivity
Feb 06, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia and organised by UBM Malaysia, Ecobuild Southeast Asia will be held from 27 to 29 March 2018 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

2018 marks ICW's 18th edition bringing together construction industry players to showcase, learn, build partnerships and share innovative ideas. This year's theme, "Achieving Peak Productivity" fits perfectly with one of the pillars of the Malaysia Construction Industry Transformation Plan (CITP) for 2020.

Ecobuild SEA is co-located with Greenbuild Asia, Ecolight Asean, Construction Showcase, Malaysia IBS International Exhibition (MIIE) and Construction Career Fair, making it a true platform for the construction industry in ASEAN.

Mr M Gandhi, Group Managing Director of UBM ASEAN Business said, "The opportunities created in the booming construction industry have attracted the attention of companies in the region. We welcome Gamuda Berhad on board as a Gold Sponsor and with over 150 participating companies, which include UAC Berhad, Protasco Berhad, USG Boral Sdn Bhd, BASF Sdn Bhd, Bubbledeck Construction Sdn Bhd, Ply-Tec Formwork Industries Sdn Bhd, API Precast Sdn Bhd, Johawaki Construction Sdn Bhd, Engtex Industries Sdn Bhd, Perceptive Profile Sdn Bhd and many other leading companies coming from more than 10 countries, namely Malaysia, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Korea, Greece, Singapore, Vietnam and many more."

The events are expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees from around the world, to engage in activities and interact with key industry players. Expected visitors will include a wide range of participating groups, including government procurers, wholesalers, architects, contractors and consultants.

Ecobuild SEA will be accompanied by over 50 free-to-attend seminars, presenting a number of topics that include quality, safety and professionalism, as well as environmental sustainability, productivity and internationalisation, reflecting the categories emphasised under CITP.

Apart from that, ICW 2018 and Ecobuild SEA will offer a perfect platform for the next generation of construction industry players. Young university designers are encouraged to join the MSSA Open Ideas Competition Youth 2018 "REIMAGINE: MRT STATIONS" (ReMS), as co-organised by Malaysia Structural Steel Association. This competition promises a highly challenging project to students, using steel as the main structural and finishing material.

ReMS aims to take a step in the direction of socially, economically and environmentally viable solutions. All design strategies are tailored with the goal of modernisation that promotes sustainability, constructability and functionality. This project for the youth will see more than 10 universities of 40 teams competing for the MSSA Challenge trophy and prizes.

Ecobuild SEA 2018 visitor pre-registration is now open. Please visithttps://onlinereg.ubmasia.com/Registration.aspx?EventID=2018EBM to register or check outwww.ecobuildsea.com for more information.

Source: UBM Asia (Malaysia)

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Reed Panorama Exhibitions Launch Security, Safety & Facility Management Expo Indonesia
Jan 28, 2018

-Hundreds of Distinguished Brands and Business Players Showcasing Various New Products, Services and Technology devices in Security System in Indonesia to Offer Solutions for all the Problems and Challenges of the Security System in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Reed Panorama Exhibitions together with the Indonesian Security Systems Industry Association (AISKINDO) officially launched SECURITY, SAFETY & FACILITY MANAGEMENT (SSF) EXPO INDONESIA, the first exhibition and conference in Indonesia dedicated to the security industry. The four-day event will start on March 15, 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Center, open for public from 10 am - 8 pm. SSF Expo Indonesia will take place simultaneously with Megabuild Indonesia and supported by the Association of Indonesian System Intergrator & Security Systems (ASISINDO) and the Indonesian Engineers Association (PII).

SECURITY, SAFETY & FACILITY MANAGEMENT (SSF) EXPO INDONESIA presents a variety of products from leading brands, services and the best security technology at home and abroad. SSF Expo Indonesia is a real step from industry to industry. Reed Panorama Exhibitions together with AISKINDO are continuously active in promoting and strengthening the market of security industry in Indonesia, educating consumers on the latest products and technology.

SSF Expo Indonesia combines showrooms and education to address the needs and challenges of future security system tools in Indonesia. SSF Expo Indonesia is expected to be a forum that brings together business players from distributors, operators to security integrators with users ranging from retail, tourism to building owners.

In Indonesia, the market of security system devices is seeing very promising growth. High public awareness on the importance of security system devices has pushed up the demand for these products and services industry. There are more than 100 companies engaged in the security industry, including distributors, operators and security intergrators. The growth of the retail business, property and tourism industry and the middle class in Indonesia has contributed to the increasing demand for sophisticated products and technology from security system devices.

In addition, the rise of crime and criminal act happenings also encourages the awareness of business actors and the public about the importance of having adequate safety and security system equipment.

Stefanus Ronald Juanto, Chairman of Aiskindo, said, "The security system is very critical and can not be underestimated. The awareness of security systems in a building or dwelling, encouraging us, as an association engaged in the security system to educate and support the implementation of Security Expo, Safety, & Facility Managenet (SSF) Expo Indonesia. Through this exhibition, we hope that business players can share information, communicate, as well as introduce the latest products and technologies to stakeholders, government and users."

Steven Chwee, General Manager of Reed Panorama Exhibitions, said, "Through SSF Expo Indonesia 2018, Reed Panorama Exhibition will actively support the advancement of the security industry in Indonesia. The presence of leading brands in the industry is expected to provide more reference and education to the public about the importance of the security sector, and safety. In addition, we hope this event can be a suitable place to bring business actors together with stakeholders, government and users so that it becomes an annual agenda that must be visited."

On the other hand, Hellen Woon, Project Director of Reed Panorama Exhibitions added that the presence of SSF Expo Indonesia in Megabuild Indonesia is expected to complement the 'Security, Safety and Facilities Management' segment as well as reaching a wider market, making Megabuild Indonesia a one-stop solution for building needs.

Security Conference, Safety & Facility Management Expo Indonesia 2018

Occupying an area of Cendrawasih Room, Jakarta Convention Center, SSF Expo Indonesia will also be equipped with various educational programs in the form of seminars and conferences with "Security Technology Breakthrough" as a theme.

Presenting expert and professional speakers in their field, this event will discuss the latest industry trends, providing technical as well as practical solutions and insight to address current security concerns. This event will be open to the public free of charge.

For property businesses, contractors, architects and building owners looking for security solutions and management facilities, do not miss out on this best opportunity, gain knowledge about new products, services and technologies and exciting offers from exhibitors. Ensure your visit to SSF Expo Indonesia, an exhibition and conference dedicated to the security industry located at JCC - Jakarta.

To facilitate the visitors of SSF Expo Indonesia, and to speed up the registration process, the organizers have opened pre-registration through the websitehttp://www.megabuild.co.id/Preregister/ to get direct access and follow the various activities held during the exhibition.

For further information, please contact:

Hellen Woon
Reed Panorama Exhibitions
O: +6221 25565000
E: hellen.woon@reedpanorama.com

Riyan Haritama
Reed Panorama Exhibitions
O: +6221 25565000
E: riyan.haritama@reedpanorama.com

Source: Reed Panorama Exhibition

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The Gap between AI-Haves and AI-Have-Nots Will Be Larger
Jan 25, 2018

He is in charge of the Microsoft search engine Bing, personal assistant Cotana and cloud platform Azure. He comes from Taiwan and is now CVP of Microsoft AI Core and CTO of the AI and Research Division. He is David Ku, the person in charge of integrating AI function into Microsoft’s essential products.

At the 2018 CommonWealth Economic Forum David Ku said that data is the artery of AI and will become a new form of capital. How do businesses turn data into capital and reflect it on actual operational performance?

The following are excerpts of his speech:

When Bill Gates founded the Microsoft research lab 25 years ago, he had a vision that computers can one day see, talk, and understand humans. And it’s with that vision and ambition we have seen prominent progress and investments around AI over the past decades. The development of AI has its setbacks. However, the proliferation of computing and artificial voice recognition has created new possibilities. If you look at scenario like self-driving car, it was actually proposed in the 1990s. It has taken us so long to get to where we are today.

Why is everyone so enthusiastic about AI today? What has created the momentum and energy around AI? There are three major reasons: better algorithms, more data and bigger computing capabilities.

In particular, there is a paradigm shift in algorithms, in the way we think about computing. Now we have the deep neural networks. The more data you give to the model, you can get better results. This is what classical machine learning is not able to accomplish. There is now proliferation on finding algorithmic solutions in areas that was once thought not possible, such as self-driving cars. Moreover, this push on AI has spurred a new industry on developing innovative ways of computing like GPUs, providing a solid ground for AI’s development.

AI Can Improve Business Performance

What does the application of AI mean to businesses? AI has created great opportunities for companies to harness the value of their data. Through collecting data and predictive analysis, their business performances can be significantly increased.

According to the estimation of IDC (International Data Corporation), AI’s application would create over a trillion dollars of net new incremental value in the next 3 years. There is a great momentum on AI because everyone thinks it can unlock the value of data.

How can business make better decisions and properly manage their supply chains? This is also related to data. Collecting data from customers can help business with decision making, reasoning and analyzing. And with good feedback mechanism, they are able to provide users with the most in-time and responsive service.

Most importantly, AI can improve the interaction among businesses, employees and customers. It is capable to help business to solve operating and producing challenges, knowing what can be done in order to optimize the organization.

Innovative applications of AI open new doors for traditional industries such as agriculture and medicine. With sensors and drones, small farmers can now closely monitor and manage their crops to maximize production. AI can also be used to solve medical conditions, addressing the aging populations. For instance, Microsoft has projects where doctors can use AI to create accurate 3D models of cancer or other diseases from MRI and X-rays scans. This optimizes patients’ chance of recovery.

In fact, AI is fundamentally digital transformation. Every company can digitally transform its business. At the industry level, several industries cooperating and sharing information together in the same supply chain would create a better forecast of demand, which ultimately benefit the consumers.

Turning Data into Capital

AI also has great impact on the society level. How will digital transformation influence universities, NGOs or even countries? How do we embrace this strong, furious tide of transformation?

From the standpoint of Microsoft, there are three dimensions to be discussed. It first starts with data. Data is the lifeblood of AI. It is the new means of production. Data is the new capital because it can bring more value and data to be used in models and diagnoses, which create bigger value in the future. Therefore, what businesses should do is take a fundamental look at where their data assets are.

Secondly, once we identify the flows of data and how the data assets are produced, we need to create systems of intelligence that connect these data signals. When we know the causalities and sequences, we are able to create a feedback loop which can be applied to building accurate predictive models or reducing defects. All of these require the data to flow. Data is less valuable if it is stale or disconnected.

Ultimately, this is not about updating computers to a newer version or using new devices. This is about understanding the flow and value of data, knowing what kind of ‘muscles’ you need to build. This is about rethinking how you interact with customers. This is about driving a new digital transformation in your business operation.

In sum, data can give tremendous power to those who can leverage AI in the most effective way, which may create inequities in the process. The distance between the AI-haves and AI-have-nots will become larger.

This decision of digital transformation concerns not only businesses, but also industries, society and the whole country.

Three Major Values of AI

What should we do to create ‘good’ AI, which benefits everyone? Here are three major values that Microsoft is currently pursuing.

The first one is to democratize AI. AI is a tool, a kind of software. We need it to be inclusive, so more people have access to information. The business world should collaborate with each other, even establish data co-op programs. With data sharing, decisions and plans can be executed in a better way. In addition, by contributing back to the providers of data, we can create a healthy value chain.

The second is being proactive in creating responsible AI. We need to think of security and responsibility when developing AI, making sure that it does not harm people. Last year, we started ‘Partnership on AI’ that comprises over 40 companies and 30 NGOs. Our goal is to understand and discuss the nuisances and ethics of AI.

Last but not least, partnership is going to be the key. AI’s success depends on not only technology but also data. However, the owners or drivers of technology do not necessary have the domain expertise or the data. The partnership that brings the technology and domain together will let AI benefit more people in various fields.

AI is a technology revolution. But let us not forget that it is never about the technology alone. It is always about technology enabling people, companies and societies. We want to augment human ingenuity with AI. Moreover, we want to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, reaching their full potential.

Translated from the Chinese Article by Shawn Chou

CES 2018: COMPUTEX Making a Presence Taiwan Innovators Unveil Major Breakthroughs in Smart Devices and IoT
Jan 19, 2018

COMPUTEX is making a presence at CES 2018. While the show is continuing on its transformation of BUILDING GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEMS, promotional activities are non-stop. A press conference held on Jan. 8 unveiled the major breakthroughs of Taiwanese products as well as previewing COMPUTEX 2018.

Insights and a first look at cutting-edge products from Taiwan’s top innovators — ITRI, AEON Motor, GEOSAT, Robotelf, and Taiwan Main Orthopedics—were the highlights of yesterday’s press conference at CES 2018, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organization. These breakthrough products have the potential to dramatically improve people’s work and everyday lives and include a highly intelligent robot for serving the entire family, a drone of the future, a smart navigation motorcycle dashboard, cutting-edge surgical glasses and intelligent vision systems for the science of robotics.

“With the rise of AI and IoT, Taiwan is shifting to an innovation-driven economy. To accelerate innovation, TAITRA provides an integrated platform for Taiwanese startups to expand their global reach. We’re an Accelerator+. We’re also a “Smart Integrator,” said TAITRA President and CEO, Walter M. S. Yeh. “You can see this shift to an innovation-driven economy in COMPUTEX’s focus. For the second consecutive year, COMPUTEX 2018 will highlight two featured exhibits: SmarTEX and InnoVEX. InnoVEX, the leading startup show in Asia, is building a networking platform for global startups. The theme for InnoVex 2018 is “Finding the Right Fit.” It’s all part of COMPUTEX’s mission to help startups find their strategy partners.”

The 2018 press conference featured addresses from TAITRA’s President and CEO, Walter M. S. Yeh and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology Deputy Minister Yu-Chin Hsu highlighting the Silicon Island’s evolution in the information and communications technology industry, from its early prowess in hardware technology to creating some of today’s most cutting-edge AI, robotics, and IoT innovations.

A large audience of media and industry representatives participated in the event, Q&A sessions and networking opportunities. At least 82 attendees from 12 countries were present. Meanwhile, a global audience watched the livestream online.

Throughout CES 2018, 200 Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. The TAIWAN EXCELLENCE Pavilion will showcase 40 innovative products from 20 companies honored by the TAIWAN EXCELLENCE Awards. The COMPUTEX d&i awards will showcase 35 products with stylish design and innovation.

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​NTU and Volvo to jointly develop autonomous electric buses in Singapore
Jan 17, 2018

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Volvo Buses announced today that they will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses in Singapore in 2019.

For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public transportation anywhere in the world and it has chosen NTU Singapore as its partner in this endeavour. Volvo has already demonstrated its autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse collection operations.

The 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric bus is already in service around the world, providing a quiet and emission-free operation, and requiring 80 per cent less energy than an equivalent sized diesel bus.

The 40-seater buses to be deployed in Singapore will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies. These include GPS and LIDAR laser technology systems for charting, positioning and detecting obstacles around the vehicle, and an integrated navigation system that includes automated steering, gear changing, and speed throttling technologies.

The buses will be tested from early 2019 at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous vehicles at NTU (CETRAN). The autonomous vehicle test circuit, which is modelled after real road conditions in Singapore, provides a safe and controlled environment to test autonomous vehicles.

The NTU and Volvo partnership is also part of the collaboration between NTU and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) under the university’s living lab platform announced in October 2016. The living lab platform assesses technology maturity and road-worthiness, including the certification of the technologies for deployment on public roads.

The NTU-Volvo programme will be supported by SMRT and ABB, which will be assessing the vehicles’ roadworthiness and charging systems.

“We are seeing fast-growing interest in both autonomous and electric vehicles in cities all over the world. Together with NTU, one of the world’s leading universities of technology, we now have the possibility of testing various solutions under realistic conditions in a major city that has high ambitions for its public transport,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.

He added: “We consider Singapore and NTU as excellent partners for Volvo, offering an enabling environment and complete ecosystem of research, development and implementation of new solutions. The technology developed in Singapore can contribute to future autonomous applications by Volvo Buses.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said, “We have a vision to transform NTU into a smart campus that embraces technology to improve everyday life, and ensures the sustainability of resources. This partnership with Volvo on electric autonomous buses is part of the roadmap of the Smart Campus initiative. We hope that the solutions created out of this programme will contribute significantly to Singapore's ambition of adopting autonomous vehicle technologies and enhancing public transportation.”

LTA’s Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Mr Lam Wee Shann said, “The Land Transport Authority fully supports innovation and cutting edge technology that will ultimately benefit commuters. The agreement to develop and trial electric autonomous buses is a significant milestone in our journey to make this a reality in Singapore’s public bus network.”

Comprehensive research and rigorous testing

The autonomous electric buses will be tested on campus at CETRAN, which replicates different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules.

The circuit features a rain simulator and flood zone to test autonomous vehicles’ navigation abilities under tropical weather conditions. It also helps improve overall safety and efficiency by allowing researchers to assess the vehicles’ interaction with pedestrians.

Håkan Agnevall said, “Our electric buses already make it possible for cities to improve their air quality and reduce noise levels. With our system approach to electromobility we, in addition, open up new ways for urban planning. When developing autonomous solutions for public transport we can really leverage the Volvo Group expertise in this rapidly developing technology field.”

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Vice President for Research, said, “NTU fosters a culture of research excellence centred around translational research, accelerating ideas nurtured at the lab into practical and industry-relevant innovations for society. Our partnership with Volvo, a world leader in public transportation which explored hybrid and electromobility solutions as early as 2010, will set a new milestone in this era of disruption, automation and artificial intelligence.”

Singapore’s public transport operator SMRT will also play a critical role in determining the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles and assist in operational trials.

One of the buses will undergo tests at a local bus depot managed by SMRT. This would test the vehicle’s capabilities to autonomously navigate into vehicle washing bays and park safely at charging areas.

Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation, said, “Our goal is to stay future-ready with the latest urban mobility solutions to provide safe, efficient and comfortable journeys in Singapore’s unique operational setting. This MOU paves the way for SMRT, working with our partners, to host operational trials for autonomous buses, and test out the command & control system required for operating such smart vehicles. Our engineers will be part of the joint effort to lead the proof of concept in Sweden, before moving the trials to Singapore. We will leverage on our extensive experience operating and maintaining buses to support the eventual deployment of autonomous vehicles safely on our roads in the future.”

For the development and deployment of fast-charging stations based on the OppCharge interface, Volvo and NTU will be partnering ABB, a global leader in charging solutions for electric vehicles.

The charging station is capable of providing 300kW of charging power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the bus route’s end points.

Commenting on the initiative, Tarak Mehta, President of ABB’s Electrification Products division said: “ABB has long been at the forefront of developing greener solutions. With this project, we reaffirm our intent to develop the Electric Vehicle industry in the Asia Pacific region. Our high-quality electric charging systems, combined with our cloud-based connected platform ABB Ability™, are paving the way for vehicles to become cleaner, more efficient and cost effective than ever before.”

Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electrified buses and has sold more than 3,800 hybrid buses, electric hybrid buses and all-electric buses.

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For further information, please contact:

Nur Amin Shah, Corporate Communications
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)
Email: aminshah(a.t.)ntu.edu.sg

Helena Lind, Manager Media Relations, Volvo Bus Corporation
Email: helena.lind(a.t.)volvo.com

About Volvo Buses

Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading bus manufacturers, with a strong focus on vehicles and systems for long-term sustainable public transport. The product range includes complete transport solutions, city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches, as well as services in financing, vehicle servicing, vehicle diagnostics and traffic information. Volvo Buses is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction machines as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Volvo Group also provides complete financing solutions. For more information visithttp://www.volvobuses.com

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg


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Top-Notch Agriculture Technology is to be seen at 2018 Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum in Taiwan
Jan 11, 2018

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 11, 2018 - Taiwan's well-known tropical fruits and street snacks have become a hot topic via the internet in the recent years. It has also been recommended by many overseas bloggers and tourists as one of the must-visit places in the world. Behind these delicacies, the growers and agri-tech developers who have promoted the food's quality and quantity should be appreciated besides the talented cooks.

Asia's largest exhibition organiser, UBM Asia Ltd. Taiwan Branch, took the initiative to launch the "Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum" in Taiwan last year. Featuring "Innovative, Eco-friendly and Sustainable" agricultural technology, the trade show will kick off at the Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 1 from July 26-28, 2018. Highly supported and co-organised by the "Council of Agriculture", the competent authority on agrarian affairs in Taiwan, the "Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum" has positioned itself as a B2B platform which actively promotes agri-tech innovative equipment and systems and general products offered by supply chains. The organiser expects this exhibition to help farmers improve software and hardware and to provide a better solution for food safety, food crisis, and soil conservation and restoration. The renaissance of agriculture 4.0 in Taiwan has begun.

Based upon FAO's report, the demand for food production expands each year as the global population rises. The report also predicts a potential drastic food price surge within the next 5 decades caused by limited and shrinking arable land as well as a long land restoration period. Although rotation and fallow plans have been implemented in many countries, most of the Asia-Pacific regions lack arable lands to be rotated and fallow. As a result, the boost of biological pesticides has become one of the soil management strategies to reinforce users' ecological awareness. The Taiwan exhibitor "Green Land & Technology", for example, developed "Seaweed Organic Liquid" to improve blossoming and fruiting stages and enhance plant resistance to severe weather conditions, pests and plant diseases.

Meanwhile, there are many breakthroughs in agricultural machinery that is required by self-suffient and small-land farmers. For instance, lawn mowers have been transformed from traditional gasoline to electric ones. This transformation not only reduces the gas usage and air pollution rate but is also light to carry. "BLDC Grass Cutter," produced by "Comlink Electronic", features 1.85kgs weight in main body, with maximum output of 1hp running at low noise level, little vibration and zero pollution. Moreover, it allows the user to replace the blades, strings, and disk saw and runs at 4000rpm for 20 hours nonstop on a 17.4Ah battery with only a new-born baby weight- 4.3kgs. Besides the grass cutter, Wuli Agriculture Machine will also introduce "Portable Misting Fan" and "Misting System" to help reduce mushroom houses' indoor temperature that can also achieve the effect of energy saving.

The 2nd edition of "Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum" is held concurrently with "Livestock & Aquaculture Taiwan Expo & Forum" at Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 1, Taiwan on July 26. The grand 3-day exhibition contains a series of conferences and business match making programmes. Due to the outstanding results achieved last year, the total scale is expected to double in 2018. At present, 1,200 sqm of space has been booked, and UBM Asia Ltd. Taiwan Branch is recruiting manufacturers from around the world, including the Middle East, Europe and USA to participate in this one-and-only comprehensive B2B exhibition focusing on the advanced technologies for the field of agriculture, livestock and aquaculture. For more exhibition information and details, please refer to the official websiteshttp://www.agritechtaiwan.com or contact Ms. Sophia Lu (TEL: +886-2-2738-3898; Email: aat-tw@ubm.com).

Source: UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch

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Sogou AI Open Platform and Kneron announce edge visual and speech recognition solution
Jan 03, 2018

-This innovative solution can support both online and offline applications, and meet the needs of quick response, safety and privacy

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sogou AI Open Platform and Kneron, a leading provider of edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, today announced an innovative edge AI solution that integrates Sogou's speech interaction1 and Kneron's visual recognition technologies. This solution, which supports both online and offline applications, can be applied to smart home, smart surveillance, automotive electronics, robots and IoT devices. It can run deep learning on the edge devices to meet the needs of quick response, safety and privacy in the offline state, and also can build up an interactive AI platform by connecting to Sogou's cloud.

"Focusing on natural interaction and knowledge computing, Sogou has made significant breakthroughs in voice and image technologies, machine translation, and question answering, or Q&A, which have been successfully integrated into our products and services," said representative from Sogou AI Open Platform. "We are dedicated to offering customized solutions for different industries, and broadening the scope of AI applications by collaborating with our partners. We believe the cooperation with Kneron will speed up the popularity of AI technologies and help us to achieve our goals."

"The edge visual and speech recognition solution, a good example for effective collaboration between edge AI and cloud AI, will bring more possibilities for AI applications," said Albert Liu, Kneron CEO. "Because of the capability of reconfigurability, Kneron's edge visual AI solution can integrate Sogou's interactive audio technology without additional hardware resources, and it can satisfy the demands of lightweight and low power design."

Based on Sogou's natural audio interaction of search engine, Sogou's speech interaction technology is not only able to "listen and say", but also to "understand and think". With the professional experience in Internet market and data processing, Sogou's speech interaction solution is faster, more correct, as well as supports more complex interaction and both online and offline functions. The speech recognition accuracy is over 97%.

Kneron's visual recognition solution adopts exclusive Reconfigurable Artificial Neural Network technology, which can be quickly applied to different applications. This solution can recognize human face, body, distance, number of people, gestures and motions, and then respond promptly according to the recognition results. After integrating Sogou's speech interaction technology, users can also interact with the devices via voice commands. The solution can do real-time recognition, inference, and analysis with no need to connect to the cloud, so that users can keep their privacy.

Taking smart home for example, when someone enters the room, the edge visual and speech recognition solution can recognize who came in and automatically turn on the lights, air conditioners, or the other equipment. If more people enter the space, the temperature, air volume and wind direction can be automatically adjusted. If strangers enter the room, the notice message will be sent to the home owners. In addition, users can give voice commands to turn on the TV and select channels, play music, dim or shine the lights, connect to the cloud to search for weather and traffic information, and order restaurants and tickets.

1 Sogou's speech interaction technology can support English, Mandarin, and Cantonese currently.

About Sogou AI Open Platform

It is the world's leading AI technology and solution platform. Sogou is dedicated to building up the AI ecosystem, transferring AI technologies into practical applications for different requirements, and developing innovative products through cooperating with more partners. Sogou offers customized solutions, and utilizes AI technologies to speed up industrial intelligence upgrade. For more information, please visit: ai.sogou.com. For inquiries: ai@sogou-inc.com.

About Kneron

Kneron, established in San Diego in 2015, is a leading provider of edge AI solutions. It is dedicated to design and development of integrated software and hardware edge AI solutions for smart home, smart surveillance, smart phone, robot, drone, and IoT devices. For more information about Kneron, please visit:http://www.kneron.com/.

Media Contact:

Carol Hsu

Source: Kneron

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NTU Singapore and M1 embark on Singapore’s first comprehensive research on the use of 4.5G HetNet for secure drone operations
Jan 02, 2018

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and M1 Limited (M1) have conducted successful trials using M1’s 4.5G Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to provide command, control and communication capabilities required for safe and efficient drone operations.

This milestone was achieved by flying a purpose-built drone, an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) assembled by the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), a joint research centre by NTU Singapore and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Using M1’s 4.5G HetNet, the drone was flown around M1’s premises at International Business Park, as well as two fields in Wan Shih Road and Old Holland Road.

Conventional drone operations use an unlicensed spectrum such as 2.4 GHz band to provide short range line-of-sight wireless connectivity but it is susceptible to radio signal interference. In contrast, a well-optimised 4.5G HetNet provides secured, low latency and high throughput mobile connectivity, enabling drones to fly beyond visual range in an urban environment.

In addition, drones could send real-time data and telemetry feeds during flight, with their precise aerial locations monitored over M1’s 4.5G HetNet. This paves the way for a dynamic and robust fleet traffic management solution required for the smart utilisation of Singapore’s urban airspace and its surrounding sea-to-shore coverage.

To further the collaboration, M1 and ATMRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, to research and develop M1’s 4.5G HetNet for the traffic management of UAS in Singapore’s urban environment. The findings from this research could provide valuable insight for unmanned operations using future 5G Ultra Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) network.

Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer of M1, said, “This collaboration is another innovation to accelerate Singapore’s transformation towards a Smart Nation. Interest in drones has already taken off beyond recreational and hobbyist groups, into serious commercial applications. Mobile technology has the potential to expand and extend the capabilities of drones to enable incredible new applications such as using drones to perform search & rescue operation at remote or inaccessible sites, aerial infrastructure surveillance, delivery of parcels quickly and efficiently, and even new entertainment channels such as first-person view drone race.”

NTU Singapore Professor Vu N. Duong, Director of the ATMRI, said command and control of UAS is a topic of critical importance especially when commercial usage of drones is taking off.

“NTU Singapore is at the forefront in both autonomous vehicles as well as air traffic management research. We are working now to establish an air traffic system which can effectively control and regulate UAS traffic in a congested airspace. By working with key industry partners like M1, we aim to translate our knowledge into practical applications beneficial to Singapore and other megacities,” Prof Duong said.

Leading this joint research project will be Professor Low Kin Huat, an expert in robotics and UAVs from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and ATMRI senior research fellow Mohamed Faisal Bin Mohamed Salleh.

Together with engineers from M1, NTU researchers will map out the signal strengths and end-to-end latency of M1’s HetNet for Singapore’s entire urban airspace using drones, up to 130 metres (400ft), the height of a 36-storey building. This will help researchers to identify suitable airspace for reliable command and control of drones, including flights out of visual range.

One of the key enabling technologies required for such an air traffic management solution is a Command and Control (C2) Link for unmanned aircrafts, which is critical to ensure operational efficiency and safety of drones, especially in a dense urban environment like Singapore.

The joint project is expected to last three years, with M1 providing usage of their network and their engineering expertise, while NTU provides the expertise in traffic management of unmanned aircraft systems.


Media contact:
Lester Kok
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Email: lesterkok@ntu.edu.sg

Evelyn Goh
General Manager, Corporate Communications
M1 Limited
Email: gohgl@m1.com.sg

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visitwww.ntu.edu.sg

About M1

M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visitwww.m1.com.sg.

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