Cisco to open facility to demo smart city applications in Taiwan: Report
US-based Cisco Systems teamed up with eight Taiwanese partners to open a demonstration center for smart city applications and products in Taiwan, according to local publication DigiTimes.com.
The US networking specialist is seeking to join forces with the Taoyuan City Government, Taoyuan Aerotropolis and Asia Silicon Valley Development Project to build an IoT R&D cluster in the northern region of Taiwan.
The smart city center will showcase a wide range of smart solutions in security, energy conservation, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, architecture, transportation, environmental monitoring and conferencing developed by local Cisco’s partners including JetIT, LANtel Telecommunication, Synergies Intelligent Systems, e-Formula Technologies, Delta Electronics, MiTAC Information Technology, The Syscom Group, and HuaCom Systems.
In the smart manufacturing field, an AI-driven business decision-making system, dubbed SyGPS jointly presented by Cisco and Synergies, will be showcased, which will incorporate Delta’s intelligent machines into smart plant solutions, according to the report.
Cisco will also showcase a building automation solution co-developed by Cisco and Delta, integrating lighting control, smart surveillance and environment monitoring operations through IoT data to offer information integration, smart transportation management platform and smart mobility services, as well as water quality and air pollution monitoring services.
Cisco also aims to display a smart campus solution developed with MiTAC, integrating learning, reading and healthcare information and analyzing study records of students through an AIoT platform.
George Chen, president of Cisco Taiwan, highlighted that showcasing diverse application solutions developed by Cisco and Taiwanese partners can help these firms to better develop international markets.
In related news, Australian agricultural IoT firm Titan Class has received an unspecified investment from Cisco, with whom it has partnered on an agritech offering, according to a report by IoT Australia.
Cisco and Titan Class have co-developed an IoT decision support platform for farmers, dubbed eXtensible Decision Platform, which is an open source event-first microservice toolkit for IoT services.
According to Cisco, XDP enables farmers to instrument their farms with thousands of readily available low-powered, third-party sensors and consolidate their insights into a single application on any smartphone, tablet or PC. Cisco highlighted that these sensors communicate over LoRaWAN.
“This burgeoning ecosystem of quality sensors can monitor water levels and flow rate, electric fence voltage, weather, the location and movements of livestock and hundreds of other farm functions,” Cisco said.
“With a single Titan Class deployment, farmers can use up to a thousand sensors without restriction. These sensors have been proven on operating farms to reliably communicate over several kilometers from a simple on-farm communications tower and each sensor has inexpensive commodity batteries that can last for years,” Cisco added.