by Mellissa Thomas
Taiwan manufactures over ninety percent of electronic devices distributed by the world’s largest tech companies, including Apple and Dell, and continues to be at the forefront of innovation, as was demonstrated at Taiwan Excellence’s Taiwan Products Launch and International Press Conference at InfoComm 2015 Wednesday morning. Titled “Taiwan: The New Stratosphere,” the press conference featured products developed by Taiwan Excellence Award-winning manufacturers Advantech, BXB, AG Neovo, and Chiayo that promise to improve public safety and patient care. Special guests included Philip T.Y. Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Miami, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, Commissioner Regina Hill, and Consul Generals to Haiti and the Czech Republic. Creative Village visionary Craig Ustler moderated the press conference.
Award-Winning Products for a Safer World
Advantech Sales Manager Brian Wilson presented the Advantech Pocket Pad, a tablet that helps medical personnel in hospitals learn about their patients more quickly and efficiently. When patients visit the hospital, the Advantech Pocket Pad can be used for easy identification and tracking of patients and their medical histories, and doubles as a barcode scanner. Wilson pointed out that the tablet is embedded with the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system and is the “ideal” seven inches: just large enough to see information clearly and just small enough to fit in a pocket.
BXB’s International Sales representative Stacy Chiang presented BXB’s new WPA-3000 PA System. This multi-language system is able to transform a public address system into an emergency command station by triggering simultaneous communication across a network to first responders and security. Chiang also noted that the device can even detect the oncoming threat of an earthquake and help communities initiate evacuation or preparation before the earthquake hits.
David Meng, AG Neovo’s Sales & Marketing Director, introduced the company’s latest 1920 x 1080 HD digital display, with which he immediately wowed the press guests by striking the screen directly without causing any damage. “Can you do that to your screen?” he playfully engaged. What makes the screen so sturdy, as he explained in his slide deck, is the company’s proprietary “Optical Glass,” which is easily cleaned and is oil, shock, and water resistant. The display is already in use in many industries worldwide, as he showed in a series of photos during the presentation: in a Mercedes Benz showroom, in a dentist’s office, in a restaurant, and even as a two-sided display in a major mall.
Chiayo Vice President Alwin Chin presented the company’s advanced audio-linked gooseneck conference system, which can link up to sixty microphones in one conference. Just one switching adaptor and audio converter enables the entire system, and it is equipped with an easily noticeable “TALK” indicator LED on both the gooseneck and the base, and a microphone that automatically shuts off after idling for five minutes.
“The partnerships that I see and the opportunities that are ahead are incredible,” Mayor Jacobs said. “I think we in Orlando and Orange County are poised to partner with the world.”
The press conference wrapped with a two-prize raffle that featured last year’s Taiwan Excellence Award winning products.
“I think [Taiwan] is on top of technology that can help healthcare,” said former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello after the press conference. She then added some recommended next steps.
“What they need now is to be able to find a way by which they find a way to increase the language translations, they have to make sure that the protection of the identity of the patient is not broken or cannot be hacked, and more than anything, if they can make a way by which the ambulance driver can be able to connect information to the emergency room, lives will be saved. I think if anyone can do it, it’s this technological group that seems to know what they’re doing.”
So, Who is Taiwan Excellence?
According to its press release, Taiwan Excellence was established in 1992 by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and Taiwan Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to encourage Taiwan industries to upgrade and incorporate innovative value into their products. The Taiwan Excellence Award is the highest accolade awarded to Taiwan products that encapsulate innovative value.
InfoComm 2015 runs from June 13 to June 19, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, hosting the audiovisual tech industry’s best and most cutting edge companies and products, with over 950 booths and attracting over 30,000 attendees each day. Once there, it is easy to be engulfed in visual splendor, which includes a Tesla display in partnership with Panasonic and London-based large projection display company The Projection Studio. Attendees must beware of shiny new object syndrome.