COMPUTEX 2017 unveiled five global ICT trends in Barcelona

Mobile World Congress (MWC) opened from February 27-March 2, 2017 with 2,200 participating exhibitors, including 35 Taiwanese companies such as Acer, Advantech, D-Link, ELAN, HTC, IEI, Zyxel and Chunghwa Telecom. Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) held a press conference during MWC exclusively for promoting Taiwanese Products and the innovation and transformation of Taiwan’s ICT industry.


During the press conference on February 27, TAITRA invited Acer, Advantech, D-Link, IEI and key ICT players to introduce Taiwan’s cloud technology, IoT solutions, artificial intelligence, and the development of robots, attracting over 100 professional buyers and 25 international media to participate. Acer introduced Acer Air Monitor where users may use smart phone to monitor, record, and track 6 key air quality indexes which through cloud platform to activate air purifiers at home. Advantech, leading brand for industrial computers, presented the Packetarium XLc carrier-grade blade server that combines IT and high-end networking features. D-Link presented the first network camera, Omna 180 Cam HD that supports Apple HomeKit, and mydlink Home Z-Wave sensor to provide an all-round modern smart networking solution. IEI showcased its emotionally intelligent robot, the AfuBot, which by integrating service solution APP, creates a more humanized IoT robot.


In addition, TAITRA also set up the COMPUTEX d&i awards Pavilion at MWC, showcasing the finest tech originations and products in the categories of wearables, network and communications devices, smart security monitoring and Apple MFi certified peripherals. With an interactive style of display, visitors were able to touch and experience the outstanding innovative R& D and manufacturing capacities of Taiwan.


MWC 2017 focused on 5G, artificial intelligence, IoT and devices which were the displays of majority exhibitors. GSMA predicted 5G will be widely provisioned by 2020. Although it can’t be commercialized the next couple of years, exhibitors presented related technology and concepts such as smart city, smart transportation, smart healthcare, and artificial intelligence algorithm to occupy a share of the future market. IBM exhibited artificial intelligent Watson while Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, Qualcomm, SAP showcased IoT related solutions and applications. The Devices exhibits included mostly smart phones. All major brands revealed the latest models. HTC exhibited new models such as U Ultra, U Play, Desire 650 as well as HTC VIVE Tracker and a special edition of VR game for a whole new gaming experience.


Taiwan’s 2 major telecom companies: Chunghwa Telecom and Far EasTone Telecommunications were led by their Chairmen, Yu Cheng and Douglas Hsu, displayed smart city application schemes, demonstrating their international competitiveness. “A Smart City for All” project benefits all users, especially those with visual impairments. The services gather vicinity information, provide direction guidance, and notify dangers on the route. Also, to facilitate 5G and IoT strategic deployments, Chunghwa Telecom and Ericsson signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at MWC to move forward Taiwan’s 5G development by access to cutting-edge technologies and applications. Far EasTone Telecommunications exhibited Tainan’s smart city plans by using VR to present 6 smart applications such as: smart water conservation, smart transportation, smart mobile education, smart healthy community, smart tourism, and smart city management.


COMPUTEX 2017, while keeping up with the global ICT trends, is repositioned to Building Global Technology Ecosystems by focusing on 5 main themes: AI & Robotics, IoT Applications, Innovations & Startups, Business Solutions, and Gaming & VR. Exhibitors are expected to exceed 1,600 and use over 5,010 booths. COMPUTEX 2017 will highlight 4 featured exhibits: SmarTEX, stage for the latest IoT applications; InnoVEX, platform for innovative startups which will be held at TWTC Hall 3 for 3 days, from May 30 to June 1, 2017. InnoVEX will consist of more than 220 exhibitors from countries such as the USA, Demark, France, Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and more. Country pavilions organized by La French from France and KOTRA from Korea will include more than 10 startups to participate respectively. In addition to displays, InnoVEX exhibit also includes a series of events such as seminars and forums, pitch contests, demos, and networking; Gaming & VR, the ultimate gaming platform for the coolest high-performance gaming products; iStyle, special showcase for Apple MFi-certified peripherals.


COMPUTEX is the total solution to meet the needs of all ICT professionals and more. It builds strategic alliances & ecosystem partners for ICT companies and bridges global startups with investors and manufacturers! Visit the most significant ICT/IoT & startup trade show in Asia from May 30th to June 3rd, 2017. InnoVEX runs for 3 days, from May 30th to June 1st, 2017.


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