Call for Applications: Startup World Cup 2019

Startup World Cup ("SWC") offers innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems around the world. This platform consists of a global series of startup conferences and competitions that bring together phenomenal startups, VCs, and world-class tech CEOs.
Application Deadline in 2 months

Call for Applications: The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

The Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards are an international business awards competition that are open to all organizations in the 29 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The focus of the awards is on recognizing innovation in all its forms.
Application Deadline in 16 days

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Application Deadline in 3 months

Call for Applications: Women MSME FinTech Innovation Fund for Enterprises in Asia-Pacific

The Innovation Fund seeks to co-fund companies to pilot innovative digital and financial solutions that improve access to finance and/or enhance operational efficiency of women-led MSMEs.
Application Deadline in a month

Australia Emerges as a Leading Innovator for Agriculture 4.0

Investors and researchers are looking to Australia to develop the agricultural and food technologies of the future.

Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel and beer bottles

Their patented REACH technology, developed by US parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals , as alternatives to fossil fuels.

Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries: Progress of projects supported through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility

Between 2014 and 2018, projects selected in five annual cycles were awarded concessional loans worth USD 214 million, with 16 projects subsequently advancing through various stages of implementation. Seven projects from early cycles reached the construction or installation stage, with renewable power generation set to start in 2019.

South Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa

Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s Green Technology Center said there was huge potential for cooperation and immense opportunities for job-creating bankable projects.

Call for Applications: The 2019 APAC HPC-AI Competition

The APAC HPC-AI competition encourages international teams in the APAC region to showcase their HPC and AI expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition that builds critical skills, professional relationships, competitive spirits and lifelong comraderies.
Applications are closed

Chinese outbound tourists use mobile payment more than cash for the first time

Several factors encourage Chinese tourists to use mobile payment abroad, with the most important being that they have already become accustomed to this fast and convenient payment method in their home country. To cite an example, the payment process with Inspiry Smart Box, one of the most popular terminals in China, is very simple: shoppers scan the QR-code generated on their mobile phones over the Inspiry Smart Box at the cashier's station to complete the payment quickly and conveniently. With a near instant response, the payment terminal eliminates the time wasted by having to make change as is the case for most cash transactions.

NRGene and TOYOTA Collaborate to Develop Strawberry Varieties to Better Enable Local Production for the Japanese Market

NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic analysis, and Toyota announced today the decoding of a leading commercial strawberry genome, a key milestone in the development of high-quality, locally-produced fruits for the Japanese market.

Global creative economy shows resilience, growth - report

The remarkable story of China's dominance in the trade of creative goods and services is the golden thread of a new creative economy outlook by UNCTAD.

Asian Countries Dominate When It Comes to Passport Power in 2019

Japan goes into the new year holding 1st place on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. In a further display of Asian passport power, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe. Germany and France remain in 3rd place going into 2019, with a visa-free score of 188.

Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Renewable-based solutions for cities, whether in buildings, power-generation, transport or other systems, help to ensure energy security and fulfil climate commitments, as well as to secure social benefits for urban residents. Fortunately, cities are making progress and achieving key successes in the shift to renewables.

Benefits for Queensland of the new robot economy

A new independent report predicts the uptake of robotics and automation could boost Queensland’s economic growth by 1 to 2 per cent each year over the next decade, adding between $37.4 billion and $117.5 billion to Gross State Product (GSP).

ESA's Call for applications: The application of space-based data and technology in the Asia Pacific

The use and integration of space technologies and services is considered especially suitable and relevant in this region due to its geographical characteristics, being vast with large areas of difficult accessibility. Many examples can be provided as reliance on Satellite Earth Observation data for monitoring applications or on Satellite Communications assets for providing connectivity to remote regions. The positioning and navigation capabilities of Satellite Navigation signals are useful ubiquitously in many applications and services.
Applications are closed

Smart Cities in Taiwan: A Perspective on Big Data Applications

In this paper, we discuss the concept of a smart city based on information and communication technology (ICT), analyze the objectives of smart city development in Taiwan, and explain the supporting technologies that make such development possible. Subsequently, we propose a hierarchical structure framework of smart city systems with levels of complexity ranging from low to high and interconnections and interactive relationships in five dimensions: the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, Big Data, Mobile Network, and smart business.
4 months ago

Developing and Evaluating a Virtual Reality-Based Navigation System for Pre-Sale Housing Sales

In the real estate market, VR can also play an important role in affecting buyers’ housing purchasing decisions, especially for housing markets in Asia, where the pre-sale system is extremely common.

Call for Applications: The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award

Announced at the One Young World Summit for the second year in a row, the call for applications for The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award has officially launched! There will be double the number of potential winners, from 5 to 10, with total value of all prizes combined - USD$100,000.
Applications are closed

The Australian digital farmer: challenges and opportunities

This paper considers the disruption brought about by digital farming. Major technical, legal, policy and social challenges and opportunities are outlined in the context of digital farming in Australia.

Increasing investment in Australian AgTech pivotal to our economic success: report

A new report released today by the United States Studies Centre – the first of its kind –analyses the volume, value, and makeup of AgTech investment in Australia.

Call for Projects: 2019 KNCF Grant Program - Preserving Biodiversity Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region

The nature of the fund is to provide assistance for nature conservation efforts implemented by NGO/NPO in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and also provide assistance for nature conservation efforts and sustainable use of nature resources in Japan.
Applications are closed

What's Next in Making Smart Cities Smarter and Happier?

How will smart cities become even smarter? The answer lies not in simply integrating advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing, but in making the system work for individual societies.
a year ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Environment & Wellbeing for the cities of Tokyo and Santiago

This challenge calls for startup utilizing the concepts of circular economy to create new products and services that help the environment and impact in(directly) the healthcare of its citizens.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Access Power launches 2018 edition of the $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition powering Africa & Asia

ACF 2018 aims to further build on the success of the previous three years where a total of 234 projects have been considered for the prize with several winning projects now benefiting from the mix of funding and technical expertise provided by Access Power.
Applications are closed
a year ago

DOCOMO Launches AI Engine for Fast, Accurate Shelf Analysis

DOCOMO announced the launch of an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that quickly, simply and accurately analyzes shelf allocation in stores and warehouses using photos taken with smartphones and other common devices.
a year ago

New big data clustering algorithm with high accuracy and efficiency

The research team aimed to develop a ‘parallel’ k-medoids algorithm that guarantees not only high efficiency but also high accuracy. As in Figure 1, a parallel algorithm can be executed one piece at a time on many different machines and then combined together again at the end to get the correct result.
a year ago

ADB Projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, Tajikistan Secure GCF Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured $190 million in total funding comprising of $85 million in grants and $105 million in concessional loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for its climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, shoring up the bank’s efforts to increase its climate financing for the Asia and Pacific region.
a year ago

Real-time path planning for UAVs to cooperatively localize information sources

The research team proposed a method that effectively transforms the original large-scale optimization problem into a set of smaller subproblems that represent problems for a single information source, and then iterative solve the subproblems via a consensus-like sharing procedure called the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM).
a year ago

Agricultural Sustainability Project Reached 20.9 Million Smallholder Farmers Across China

Smallholder farmers who cultivate perhaps only a few hectares of land dominate the agricultural landscape in places like China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing their efficiency while reducing their environmental impact are critical steps to ensuring a sustainable food source for the world’s growing population.
a year ago

Korea – France Call for Proposals: Joint R&D Projects

Companies proposing projects are encouraged to apply in any technological field, namely with a specific focus on the following fields: BioTechnology and Medical Technology, Energy and Environment Technology, Robot, Automobile and Machinery Systems Technology, Materials and Nano Technology and Information and Communication Technology.
Applications are closed
a year ago

I4D Grants for Community Networks in the Asia Pacific region

The Internet for Development Grants for Community Networks will be allocated to projects/organizations working to achieve affordable, locally owned and managed communication infrastructure, deploying creative low-cost solutions that use wireless technologies, GSM and/or fibre connections.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Asia Pacific Call for Proposals: The Cybersecurity Grants - Projects focusing on practical solutions around network resiliency and security

The Cybersecurity Grants supports projects focusing on practical solutions around network resiliency and security.
Applications are closed
a year ago

SparkLabs Cultiv8 Launches Its 1st Batch with AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability Startups from Across the Globe

SparkLabs Group, a global venture and accelerator group, recently launched SparkLabs Cultiv8, a new $10M food and agtech accelerator based in Australia. This has been a catalyst for agtech companies from the U.S., and other parts of the world, to come to Australia to enhance their businesses benefiting from Australia’s farming expertise, research institutions and access to Asian markets.
a year ago

QUT is testing a novel technology to turn sugarcane bagasse into biofuel

QUT is testing a novel technology developed by US company Mercurius Biorefining to convert biomass into jet and diesel fuels.
a year ago

EU-South Korean Project Will Demonstrate 5G System Prototype at 2018 Winter Games

Visitors on Yulgok Street, also called IoT Street, will be able to experience the network while riding the 5GCHAMPION bus between event venues in Gangneung main area. Wearing virtual-reality glasses, they can "visit" almost instantaneously and in 3D a site in Oulu, Finland, via a 5G intercontinental connection developed by the project teams. The data-transfer speed on this proposed 5G mobile network is 2.5 Gbps.
a year ago

South Korea unveils roadmap to develop future car industry

According to the roadmap, the Korean government and private sector will cooperate on developing core technologies for autonomous vehicles and constructing smart traffic systems to introduce the infrastructure necessary for completely self-driving cars by 2022.
a year ago

Chinese Virtual Reality market will grow at CAGR 46% to reach 20.5 million VR HMD unit shipments in 2022

The Chinese Virtual Reality (VR) market has experienced a significant growth over the past two years due to the low cost VR hardware and software developments and mainly driven by the use cases in Entertainment and Retail & Marketing applications.
a year ago

Ultra-high speed Wi-Fi developed for Seoul’s subway trains

The network is able to provide ultra-fast internet service in high-speed trains by combining two technologies. The network transmits data using millimeter waves with a frequency over 20 GHz, which enable data transmission 100 times faster than existing WiBro backhaul networks. Backhaul networks work as intermediaries, linking receivers on the trains with the public Internet, via radio towers along the tracks.
a year ago

Fox-Tech Creates World's First LPWAN Integrated Smart Lock Solution for Shared Bicycles

OTO Hunter is a smart solution that integrates Sigfox's world-leading IoT connectivity service to greatly reduce the power consumption of smart locks. This solution will resolve the ongoing global issues of maintaining shared bicycles.
a year ago

Asia-Pacific Fintech Market to reach US$72 billion by 2020, finds Frost & Sullivan

The Fintech industry in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 72.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching US$72 billion. The positive outlook is fuelled by growth in digital payments such as increasing adoption of cashless payments by small and medium sized enterprises.
a year ago

Call for Applications: 2018 Asia Mobile Awards

Judged by a panel of leading independent industry experts, the AMO Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations across the Asian mobile industry.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Zhaiheyuan Project, the biggest solar project using innovative shingled-cell modules in China

The first ground-mounted solar plant using shingled-cell modules, also known as the Zhaiheyuan Project, was successfully connected to the grid in Jiyuan, Henan Province. At 5 MW, the Zhaiheyuan Project is also the biggest solar project using innovative shingled-cell modules, which are all made by Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System.
a year ago

EU - Japan Call for Proposals: Advanced technologies (Security/Cloud/IoT/BigData) for a hyper-connected society in the context of Smart City

Interoperability of IoT devices/platforms is of particular interest in the context of Smart Cities (the areas of energy, social infrastructure, traffic/transport, healthcare, and disaster/crime prevention) in order to promote collaboration between a variety of business operators and platforms connecting to various IoT devices, open source, standards, SDKs, common APIs, are the cornerstone of the EU-Japan collaboration.
Applications are closed
a year ago

France - China Call for Proposals: Technological collaborations projects between French and Chinese companies

The objective of this call for proposal is to identify technological collaborations projects between French and Chinese companies that may benefit from financial support from both Bpifrance and MOST.
Applications are closed
a year ago

China Chengdu allocate USD 100 million per year for the recruitment of Foreign Talent

Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, as one of the six hi-tech industrial zones in China, is confirmed and promoted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of PRC to become a "world-class industrial park" alongside others like Zhong Guan Cun in Beijing, Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park in Shanghai and the Shenzhen Hi-tech Industrial Park (SHIP); it is also the permanent host of the EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair, which has already been held in the Zone for 12 consecutive sessions.
a year ago

Chinese Commercial Giant Suning Reveals Future of Smart Retail

The Third-time Transformation of Retail' charts retail's evolution from bricks-and-mortar to E-commerce and now Smart Retail. It forecasts how the linear model of make-sell-consume will be superseded by one of experience-buy-make, seeing applied technology innovations including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and online-to-offline (O2O) omni-channels becoming ubiquitous.
a year ago

Senioradom & Sigfox will Deploy an Innovative Telecare Solution in China

Senioradom and Sigfox have developed a telecare solution made up of different movement sensors and door opening detection, as well as an alert and geo-localisation necklace. The solution has been designed to automatically detect any potential behavioural anomalies due to a fall, a person feeling faint or a deteriorating mental condition such as Alzheimer’s.
a year ago

Distributed Ledger Technologies for Developing Asia

This paper takes a first pass at assessing feasible areas of practical implementation for DLTs mainly in the context of development finance. It takes a closer look at five use cases, digital identity, trade finance, project aid monitoring, smart energy, and supply chain management, to assess their implementation limits and potential.
a year ago

Blueprint sets out plans to build smart Hong Kong

The Government released today the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong with a vision to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city. The Blueprint maps out development plans in the next five years, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of city management and improve people's quality of living as well as Hong Kong's attractiveness and sustainability by making use of innovation and technology (I&T).
a year ago

Tech Start-up TouchPal Launches an Ambitious Opportunity: $1.5M for AI Engineers

IDC estimated that the A.I. market will grow from $8 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020. According to Indeed.com, a job website with one of the highest traffic rates, the average salary of a machine learning engineer is $135,000 annually, whereas the average salary of a software engineer is only $97,000.
a year ago

Robotics researchers track autonomous underground mining vehicles

QUT robotics researchers have developed new technology to equip underground mining vehicles to navigate autonomously through dust, camera blur and bad lighting. Using mathematics and biologically-inspired algorithms, the technology uses vehicle-mounted cameras to track the location of the vehicle in underground tunnels to within metres.
a year ago

UNDP and China to Collaborate on Innovation and Technology Sharing

The strengthened partnership will focus on enhancing knowledge and technology exchange between China and other developing countries through South-South cooperation, promoting progress towards the SDGs. The two parties will work together to match the technologies of China with the challenges of other developing countries are facing in achieving sustainable development and facilitate technology transfer.
a year ago

Valeo invested 50 million euros in Cathay CarTech Fund specialized in China’s very dynamic automotive and mobility ecosystem

Cathay CarTech will focus on China with plans to invest a total of 1.5 billion yuan (~200 million euros) in innovative companies and start‑ups.
a year ago

Toyota Unveils Third Generation Humanoid Robot T-HR3

Toyota’s latest robotics platform, designed and developed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, will explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings, as well as a new remote maneuvering system that mirrors user movements to the robot.
a year ago

Alibaba Group, Auchan Retail and Ruentex Form New Retail Strategic Alliance in China’s food retail sector

The alliance reflects Alibaba’s “New Retail” vision to leverage its internet-based approach and new technology, while working closely with retailer partners to provide a seamless online and offline experience to consumers in China.
a year ago

Access Power and FMO launch second edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects

In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology. They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).
Applications are closed
a year ago

Matsui MFG and DOCOMO launches a proof-of-concept demonstration of Mobile-Connected IoT Platform for Plastic-Molding Manufacturing

The solution will incorporate the use of a mobile-connected mold-temperature controller, built specially for the demonstration, at a plastic molding factory in Indonesia. The controller collects data via sensors and then communicates the data via a mobile network for real-time visualization and analysis. IoT-dedicated software will connect the sensors to a public cloud via a mobile network, or potentially a low-power wireless access (LWPA) system.
a year ago

China consolidates position as Global Leader on Green Finance, says new research

China has become a new growth driver in the global green bonds market. In the first half of 2017, China issued 36 green bonds worth RMB77.67 billion (US$11.7 billion). Of these bonds, the number and size of bonds grew 278 per cent and 28 per cent respectively compared with 2016.
a year ago

Major Korean companies create $45M USD Global AI Fund to support Global Artificial Intelligence Startups

Unique alliance amongst major Korean companies aims to accelerate open AI innovation in Korea, support global AI startups, and reinforce the Element AI mission of fostering worldwide transfer learning.
a year ago

IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace helps Projects Developers, Financiers and Service and Technology providers Connect to Bring Projects to Fruition

A virtual platform developed by IRENA, the Marketplace highlights promising low-carbon energy projects in developing countries and helps developers, financiers and service and technology providers connect to bring projects to fruition.
a year ago

Alibaba Group Generated US$25.3 Billion of GMV During the 2017 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba announced that US$25.3 billion (RMB168.2 billion) of gross merchandise volume (GMV) was settled through Alipay on November 11, 2017, an increase of 39% compared to 2016. Mobile GMV settled through Alipay accounted for 90% of total GMV.
a year ago

DOCOMO to Use Drones for Safe, Efficient Inspection of Infrastructure

PRENAV’s drones are capable of automated flight in close proximity to structures, or indoors (i.e. in GPS-denied environments). The company’s unique technology enables industrial asset owners and service providers to scale drone-based inspections across their workforce, relying on automation to ensure safe, accurate flight and efficient image processing, 3D reconstruction, measurement and analysis.
a year ago

IDEMIA provides Remote Activation Technologies to SoftBank

IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, provides remote activation service for IoT devices such as wearables from SoftBank, a leading mobile network operator in Japan.
a year ago

Asia's IoT Optimism and Adoption outstrips the Global Average as IoT deploys at Scale

One of its key findings shows Asia is leading the way in connected device adoption and more importantly, globally IoT has hit critical mass and is now being deployed at scale.
a year ago

USA, Canada and China Launched Global Blockchain Alliance, Sharing Blockchain Patents

Currently, according to data, more than 20 countries around the world are investing in blockchain technology, and more than 90 central banks have joined the blockchain discussion. Over the past three years, venture investors poured more than $1.4 billion into the blockchain sector, which created more than 2,500 patents related to blockchain.
a year ago

Partnership to Develop Supply Chain Financing Solution in ASEAN and Greater China

This is particularly true in Southeast Asia and China where economic growth is particularly dynamic and future competitiveness can no longer exclusively be based on lower costs. The use of digital technologies to streamline supply chain financing is therefore an important topic not only for companies of all sizes but also for governments in the region.
a year ago

Deployment of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Minigrids

This publication highlights the experiences of ADB’s pilot projects to achieve access to electricity and energy efficiency in five developing countries in Asia. It provides technical guidance and recommendations for the effective deployment of similar systems in minigrids in remote rural locations and small isolated islands.
a year ago

World-wide Tests reveal Red Belly Blockchain’s Impressive Speed

The blockchain technology is also being developed to avoid common problems currently plaguing digital transactions, including double spending, when an individual successfully spends their money more than once. Red Belly Blockchain differs from proof-of-work blockchains in that it offers a performance that scales without consuming much electricity. This ensures the security of hundreds of thousands of transactions per second coming from a potentially unbounded number of clients.
a year ago

Prospects for Distributed Energy Systems in China

This report aims to provide a step in this direction; it presents a vision for what distributed energy systems may look like: integrated solutions that intelligently combine clean-generation options with energy efficiency and solutions that focus on customer’s needs for energy services.
a year ago

UNIST’s U-Loop Displayed at International Public Transport Forum

U-Loop is new transportation system, powered by magnetic attraction that would move at nearly 1,000 km per hour. A prototype of this new transport capsule has been displayed and tested first at the 7th International Public Transportation Forum on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
a year ago

Singapore and Hong Kong to strengthen co-operation on FinTech

Besides joint innovation projects, the two monetary authorities will collaborate on other FinTech initiatives, facilitate referrals of innovative businesses, share information, and exchange expertise, to facilitate financial innovation in Singapore and Hong Kong.
a year ago

Windlab and Vestas partner on the world's first utility scale hybrid integrating wind, solar and storage

Developed by Australia's international renewable energy company, Windlab, with support from Vestas, the global leader in sustainable energy solutions, the innovative 60.2 MW Kennedy Energy Park phase I is the world's first utility-scale, on-grid wind, solar and battery energy storage project.
a year ago

UNIST-Mando Embark on Developing Self-charging Electric Bike

Hybrid Module Mobility is a new form of transport, aimed at European market. This four-wheeled electric bike includes regenerative technology which allows users to recharge their batteries while riding or by simply pedaling. However, because these vehicles transfer power from the pedals to the drive-wheel of a bicycle, there has been a limitation that it can be made up of two wheels only.
a year ago

Creative Industries: Development Processes Under Contemporary Conditions of Globalization

The paper presents a comparative analysis of theories and theoretical approaches intended for the sector of creative industries and its development as well as defines regularities and specificities characteristic of the development of creative industries.
a year ago

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Invites Applications for Accelerator Program: Blockchain Business Camp Tokyo

TMG will hold the "Blockchain Business Camp Tokyo" accelerator program for foreign companies that possess advanced blockchain technology in such areas as transactions, securities, IoT, supply chains and the sharing economy. The TMG aims for this intensive three-month program to generate groundbreaking innovation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

ADB Launches New Funded Trade Finance Product with J.P. Morgan to Promote Trade in Developing Asia

The agreement is expected to finance more than $100 million in trade, which will help importers and exporters in developing Asia. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be the biggest beneficiaries to augment their pre- and post-shipment financing needs.
a year ago

Maldives Introduces Most Innovative ID Card

The Maldives are known for their nice beaches and wonderful holiday resorts on many islands. Now the Maldiveshave also become a place of innovation. Maldives Immigration has just introduced a new, very innovative type of ID card: It can be used for payments, but also serves as a national ID card, as a driver´s license as well as a health card and insurance card. Last but not least it is also used like a passport for easy travelling.
a year ago

Reliable Solar-powered Refrigerators are creating Economic Opportunities for Remote, Rural towns in Fiji

The installation of a standalone hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) refrigeration system has drastically changed the economic prospects of the village. Installed at the village community hall, the system enables villagers to chill their fish in preparation for the journey to the market, and helps power lighting and phone charging outlets. A backup diesel generator ensures the operation of the freezers during long cloudy periods.
a year ago

Green Energy could help Developing Countries that are Too Dependent on Commodities Exports Diversify Their Economies

Forecasts show renewable energy accounting for more than 60 per cent of the global increase in electricity output over the next five years. And the falling cost of renewables means they could play a key role in getting electricity to more businesses and homes in developing countries, especially those outside the main cities.
a year ago

Applying Proximity Sensors to Monitor Beef Cattle Social Behaviour as an Indicator of Animal Welfare

This paper outlines the background and methodology to explore the potential for proximity sensors as a continual welfare monitoring device, related to an animal’s freedom to express normal behaviour.
a year ago

Multi-temporal Landsat Algorithms for the Yield Prediction of Sugarcane Crops in Australia

The establishment of an annual crop growth profile from each quadratic model has enabled a benchmark of historic crop development to be derived.
a year ago

Launch of Japan's First Microgrid System with a Total of 117 Homes

The microgrid system will power a total of 117 homes in Zone D4 of Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima, which is being designed and developed by PanaHome in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.
a year ago

Accenture, JSR and NTT Begin Work on a Proof-of-Concept for a Smart Industrial Complex

The plan is to develop a ‘connected worker’ analytics platform leveraging smart sensors and wireless technology to automatically collect and analyze unstructured data, such as motion images and sound recordings from plant operation management and maintenance tasks performed by experienced workers at the Chiba Plant.
a year ago

Fu Miao: Overseas Start-ups should seize the Opportunity to Explore the China Market as Early as Possible

The 7th SVIEF-Star Startup Contest Final, the highlight of this forum, featured 15 outstanding start-up companies, including Artveoli, which produces artistic air panels for purifying the air in people's homes, SolarGaps, which can provide solar power solutions to cover 70% of home electricity demands, TronMedi, a medical imaging diagnostics system based on deep learning technology, and Nevada Nanotechnologies, a microelectromechanical (MEMS) system based on sensor modules and other subsystems.
a year ago

NTT and Toyota Begin Joint Research Aimed at Promoting the Use of Lifestyle Support Robots

In this joint research effort, NTT and Toyota aim to combine their technologies and know-how and focus on communication robots incorporating corevo® and HSRs. By linking a wide range of robots and other devices, the two companies aim to promote the development of technologies that can anticipate and provide support for human activities.
a year ago

HUMICOTTA: A 3D Printed Ceramic Humidifier that is Bacteria Free, Easy to Clean, and Energy Efficient

HUMICOTTA consists of a base module and a filter. The base module is a cylindrical pedestal with a built-in fan on which the filter part can be placed. The filter part is a 3D-printed honeycomb structure made of diatomite.
a year ago

Ministers from the Greater Mekong Subregion Endorse $64 Billion Project Plan

Six countries, Cambodia, the People's Republic of China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, entered the program in 1992, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to enhance economic relations. Under the program, investment projects worth more than $19.1 billion have so far been undertaken.
a year ago

UNIST unveiled its 3D Printed Electric Car at the 2017 3D Printing Gala in Ulsan, South Korea

UNIST unveiled its own electric car and drones, made using its 3D printing technology and offered the public an opportunity to test drive them, 150 times a day.
a year ago

QUT Researcher Nicole Robinson is Leading a New Study to Evaluate Human-Robot Interactions

The aim of the study is to design a psychometric scale to enhance understanding of human-robot interactions and find out if people feel comfortable and ready to bond with a social robot.
2 years ago

Changes in Technology and Trade Disrupting Manufacturing-Led Development

Smart automation, advanced robotics, 3-D printing and other advances being incorporated by global manufacturers of cars, electronics, apparel, consumer and other goods are shifting how countries and firms compete for production.
2 years ago

Japanese Bankers Association will provide its Collaborative Blockchain Platform to its member banks

JBA will provide its Collaborative Blockchain Platform to its member banks and other institutions as a testbed environment for applications employing blockchain technology, such as for settlement and funds transfer services, and identity and time-of-transaction authentication. JBA will support efforts toward practical implementation of these applications.
2 years ago

Fujitsu Develops World's First Wearable, Hands-Free Speech Translation Device

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of the world's first wearable, hands-free speech translation device, suitable for tasks in which the users' hands are often occupied, such as in diagnoses or treatment in healthcare.
2 years ago

QUT Research is behind the First 3D-printed Shin Bone Implant

QUT research and technology is behind the first ever 3D-printed shin bone implant in a young Gold Coast man to replace bone lost through an infection.
2 years ago

New AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability Accelerator launches in Australia

The Cultiv8 program will commence in Q2 2018 and will bring access to industry leading mentors, access to the NSW Department of Primary Industries Innovation and Technology Research platforms, linkages with relevant corporates such as KPMG Australia and MinterEllison plus exposure to the SparkLabs Accelerator network.
2 years ago

Nextech Using Blockchain Technology to Create a Better Way to Collect and View Public Opinion

Nextech, an Australian Company, has created a project called ClearPoll. It is a system that allows users from all over the globe to browse for opinion polls on topics they care about most, vote on the polls and then view detailed results. The difference? Blockchain technology is used to securely store the votes and results, so no individual or corporation can tamper with or censor them.
2 years ago

China's Technologies and Applications of Internet of Things Enter an Active Period of Innovation

China's three major telecom operators are accelerating their construction of low-speed NB-IoT, and high-speed 5G networks are arriving soon. The unified communication network standards and multi-layer coverage have overcome the previous difficulty of fragmented IoT applications.
2 years ago

$1.5 Trillion Trade Finance Gap Persists Despite Fintech Breakthroughs

Survey respondents believe that fintech and digitization can be a solution to a lack of MSME finance, although awareness and usage of this technology has to be improved. And while fintech is reducing the cost of delivering finance to companies, there is no evidence it is reducing market gaps.
2 years ago

Frost & Sullivan: APAC Governments Harness IIoT to Expand Manufacturing Capabilities and Affirm Global Supply Chain Role

Governments in APAC are looking to IIoT as a viable way to create sustainable manufacturing growth, expand manufacturing capabilities, and affirm their role in the global supply chain. However, not all countries in APAC are ready for IIoT.
2 years ago

UNIST to Lead the Next-generation Artificial Intelligence R&D in South Korea

Organized by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the project aims to understand human decision making, using Artificial Intelligence (AI). The research team has secured a total of KRW 15 billion from the Korean government for up to 5 years. They expect that this will be a major step forward in applying AI in specialized fields, such as clinical diagnosis and financial transactions, that are in need of greater transparency.
2 years ago

Plug and Play Japan Opens Applications for First Batch of IoT, Fintech and Insurtech Startups

During the three-month accelerator program, startups will have the opportunity to meet and create business opportunities with top tier Japanese corporations, investors and mentors. Plug and Play Japan will function to lessen the gap between key decision makers in Japan and the global startup community.
2 years ago

Searching for market-based sustainability pathways: Challenges and opportunities for seafood certification programs in Japan

Despite an initial lack of success, seafood certification programs in Japan can be useful in enhancing consumer awareness for fisheries resource conservation and identifying Japanese domestic small-scale fisheries that are already engaged in sustainable fishing practices.
2 years ago

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Forge Partnership to Co-Develop Electric Vehicles in China

eGT will design a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, that will be in line with the expectations of Chinese customers. It will be built on an A-segment SUV platform jointly developed by the Alliance. It will draw on the global leadership on EV technologies and cost-effective car design experience from the Alliance, and the competitive manufacturing costs from Dongfeng.
2 years ago

The Sainshand Wind Farm in Mongolia's Gobi Desert will have the installed capacity of 55 MW

Once operational, the new Sainshand wind farm will make a significant contribution to reducing Mongolia’s carbon emissions and cater for an expected increase in power demand in the country. The scheme will significantly enlarge Mongolia’s renewable energy capacity and help the government to achieve the goal of renewable energy accounting for 20 per cent of all power by 2020, and 30 per cent by 2030.
2 years ago

ADB, KazAgro Sign MOU to Promote Agriculture Investments in Kazakhstan

Apart from supplying majority of agriculture products and machinery in Kazakhstan, KazAgro, being the country's largest agency for agricultural financing, also provides lending and investment programs to further develop the country’s agriculture sector and assist agribusinesses. Last year, KazAgro provided more than 80% of total financing directed to the agriculture sector.
2 years ago

Marginal Generation Technology in the Chinese Power Market towards 2030 Based on Consequential Life Cycle Assessment

The objective of this paper is to provide a consistent, scientific, region-specific electricity-supply-based inventory of electricity generation technology for national and regional power grids. Marginal electricity generation technology is pivotal in assessing impacts related to additional consumption of electricity.
2 years ago

For a Green Stadium: Economic Feasibility of Sustainable Renewable Electricity Generation at the Jeju World Cup Venue

The current study therefore examines potential configurations of an independent renewable electricity generation system for JWCS, using HOMER software. The simulation results yield three optimal system configurations with a renewable fraction of 1.00 and relatively low values for the cost of energy ($0.405, $0.546, and $0.692 per kWh).
2 years ago

MATRIX Chain Seeking to Define Blockchain 3.0 by Incorporating Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence

MATRIX, which has incorporated AI-based algorithm, is able to solve many non-linear and more complicated problems, largely lowering the problem in its application and thus significantly improving the range of blockchain technology applications.
2 years ago

Alibaba will support Macau’s transformation into a Smart City by using Cloud Computing Technologie

Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile marketplace, today announced that it and the Government of Macau Special Administrative Region (Macau), have entered into a strategic partnership framework agreement, under which Alibaba will support Macau’s transformation into a smart city by using cloud computing technologies in order to bring benefits to both residents and tourists visiting the city.
2 years ago

UNIST Hits New World Efficiency Record with Perovskite Solar Cells

A key feature of this technology is its ability to fix the dominating defect in perovskite-halides, which is known to decrease the photoelectric efficiency. Their results, published online in the June 30th issue of the prestigious journal Science, demonstrates that careful control of the growth conditions of perovskite layers with management of deficient halide anions is essential for realizing high-efficiency thin-film PSCs based on lead-halide-perovskite absorbers.
2 years ago

Australia QUT to use drones to find and protect koalas

QUT will deploy drones in a high-tech effort to find and protect koalas in South East Queensland, with the State Government today announcing a funding boost for koala conservation.
2 years ago

Thailand and China to promote the development of Internet of Things, Smart City, and Startup businesses

The cooperation will promote the development of Internet of Things studies, the Smart City campaign, and startup businesses to yield economic benefits in both countries, especially by launching study trips to Shenzhen, China which resembles Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor project which is expected to become a digital sister city with Shenzhen in the future.
2 years ago

Monash University Partner With Leading Australian LiFi Tech Company to create prototypes that use Visible Light Communication

Engineering experts from Monash will work with nextLiFi to create prototypes that use Visible Light Communication, also known as Li-Fi, to transmit data. Li-Fi has the potential to transmit data 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, with better security and lower energy costs. LiFi technology uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit data, as opposed to Wi-Fi, which uses radio frequency. LEDs imperceptibly flicker thousands of times per second, making it possible to use them for sending vast amounts of information.
2 years ago

Arkema to invest 300 million euros in the Biosourced Polyamide 11 chain in Asia

Arkema announces an investment plan of some 300 million euros over five years in the biosourced polyamide 11 chain. This major investment will enable the Group to increase by 50% its polyamide 11 global production capacities.
2 years ago

Artificial Intelligence to drive GDP gains of $15.7 trillion with Productivity, Personalisation Improvements

Labour productivity improvements are expected to account for over half of all economic gains from AI over the period 2016-2030. Increased consumer demand resulting from AI-enabled product enhancements will account for the rest. The greatest economic gains from AI will be in China (26% boost to GDP in 2030) and North America (14.5% boost), equivalent to a total of $10.7 trillion and accounting for almost 70% of the global economic impact.
2 years ago

China stands at the Forefront of the Development of Internet of Things with the Rise of New Tech Giants

With the largest number of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections in the world, China now stands at the forefront of the development of Internet of Things (IoT), witnessing the transformation of traditional businesses like manufacturing, transportation and energy as well as the rise of new tech giants.
2 years ago

QUT develops Golden Bananas High in Pro-Vitamin A

World-first QUT research that has produced a golden-orange fleshed banana, rich in pro-vitamin A, has been published in the prestigious Plant Biotechnology Journal.
2 years ago

Fast and Safe Blockchain being developed at University of Sydney

Named the ‘Red Belly Blockchain’, the new system being developed by the University of Sydney’s School of Information Technologies will allow secure and almost instantaneous digital transfer of virtual currencies across the world.
2 years ago

SCB, SBI and Ripple launch first Blockchain-powered Payment Service between Japan and Thailand

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit, is using Ripple’s blockchain enterprise solution to power real-time remittance payments between Japan and Thailand. A first for the corridor, Ripple’s cross-border payments network solution is helping remittances from Japan reach SCB retail customers easily and faster than ever before.
2 years ago

Nokia to deploy LTE in 700 MHz band to support Smart City and Public Safety Applications in Hongkou district of Shanghai

The LTE network is being deployed to provide broadband connectivity for city services, specifically high-speed wireless links to video from cameras used for traffic control, video monitoring and analysis, and additional services in future. The network is based on Nokia's FDD-LTE solution and offers the data capacity needed to support a variety of bandwidth-intensive video formats, including high-definition and ultra-high definition 4K, 3D and more.
2 years ago

PolyU develops Sprayable Sensing Network Technology for real-time structural Health Monitoring with larger responsive bandwidth, lower cost and greater versatility

The nanocomposite sensors developed by the research team from PolyU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, led by Professor Su Zhongqing and Professor Zhou Limin, adopt an innovative technique of fabrication through spraying which makes installation process for sensors much faster and more efficient compared with conventional means. It also enhances the flexibility of the product to adapt to various types of surface.
2 years ago

New Study from GSMA and CAICT Forecasts That China Will Be the World’s Largest 5G Market by 2025

Chinese operators are expected to deploy ‘standalone’ 5G networks, which will require the construction of new base stations to site 5G equipment, backhaul links and a core network. However, the report notes that another option being considered in several other Asia markets is to deploy ‘non-standalone’ 5G networks that would run on existing infrastructure supplemented by targeted small cell deployment in areas of high density, allowing 4G and 5G services to run in parallel.
2 years ago

Recent Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Plant Protection in East Asia

This paper reports the current status of drone pesticide application in China and makes comparisons with its neighbor countries Japan and South Korea in terms of different UAV platforms and their implementation in plant protection for different crops.
2 years ago

AEON Financial Service Building a Financial Platform for Asian Market Based on IBM Blockchain

AEON Financial Service and IBM Japan today announced they are building a blockchain-based financial platform for the Asian market. With the blockchain technology, the platform is expected to enable AEON Financial Service to provide enhanced financial services such as settlement and transactions for both consumers and enterprises in Japan and throughout Asia, including virtual currency payments between individuals and businesses, loyalty points allocation and redemption, and transaction data management.
2 years ago

The Most Economical Mode of Power Supply for Remote and Less Developed Areas in China: Power Grid Extension or Micro-Grid?

This paper focuses on how to select the most economical power supply mode for rural electrification in China. Firstly, the primary modes to supply electricity for residents living in the remote and less developed areas are discussed, which include power grid extension mode and micro-grid mode. Secondly, based on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) technique, the life cycle economic cost accounting model for different power supply modes are built.
2 years ago

Study on Smart City construction of Jiujiang based on IoT technology

This paper expounds the connotation of smart city, explores the social and economic significance of the construction of smart city, analyzes the present situation of smart city construction in Jiujiang, studies the basic principles development altar get and key construction projects, and puts forward relevant of Jiujiang smart city construction, and puts forward relevant proposals about smart construction in Jiujiang, Jiangxi.
2 years ago

Pioneering Developments of Marine Renewable Energy in Australia

The Australian marine domain possesses among the world’s most energetic wave-energy resources, driven by powerful mid-latitude westerly winds. The northern coast of Western Australia has tidal ranges significant on a global scale, and some geographical features around the continent have local tidal resonances. The East Australian Current, one of the world’s major western boundary currents, runs along the eastern Australian seaboard, offering potential for ocean-current energy.
2 years ago

Face Recognition System “K-Eye” Presented by KAIST

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the key emerging technologies. Global IT companies are competitively launching the newest technologies and competition is heating up more than ever. However, most AI technologies focus on software and their operating speeds are low, making them a poor fit for mobile devices. Therefore, many big companies are investing to develop semiconductor chips for running AI programs with low power requirements but at high speeds.
2 years ago

The Social Executive: Top Asia Pacific Leaders say being active on Social Media is Vital to Success

Asia Pacific has a head-start, with more CEOs having a social media presence as compared to their global counterparts, but there is still room for further adoption. 70% of chief executives believe it's risky to participate on social media. Those with trusted, capable communications counsel from their marketing leadership are better armed and ready to deploy and benefit from the strategic use of social media.
2 years ago

A way to a Sustainable Future: The Solar Industry in Japan

Solar energy is considered one of the most promising and rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. In line with the international trend of switching to renewable energy sources, particularly solar, and because of the tragic events at the Fukushima nuclear power station, Japan is experiencing a real “solar boom.”
2 years ago

NTT DATA Successfully Tests Prototype of Blockchain Shipping Insurance Policy

In the field of international trade, NTT DATA envisions adopting blockchain technology to enable transactional parties, including shippers (exporters), consignees (importers), banks, insurance companies, and carriers/forwarders, to share information simultaneously. The expected benefits include a significant reduction of transactional processing time, maintenance of transactional information integrity and reduction/elimination of document delivery costs.
2 years ago

Toyota City's Virtual Power Plant Project aims to achieve the local production and consumption of Renewable Energy

The virtual power plant demonstration project will use energy management to coordinate power demand according to the supply of wind, solar and biomass energy, which is susceptible to changes in weather and other factors, with the aim of verifying the feasibility of local production and consumption of carbon-free renewable energy.
2 years ago

Augmented Reality Application for Smart Tour

The application creates a virtual experience, going beyond the boundaries of space and time, for cultural heritage and historical sites using wearable video players. Users can attach their smartphone to the VR machine to immerse themselves in the provided 360-degree video to experience cultural heritage remotely and find information on related persons, place, and events.
2 years ago

Tasmania to become Australia’s first IoT-ready state

Thinxtra is deploying a nationwide wireless network dedicated to IoT using Sigfox technology. The agreement with TasmaNet is committed to rolling out up to 55 communications towers across Tasmania by Q3 2017. Hobart-based TasmaNet is providing access to its towers, its network for backhaul, and engineers for ongoing maintenance and support of the sensory network.
2 years ago

The Launch of UNDP Smart Cities and Social Governance Guide to Participatory Indicator Development

'Smart Cities', driven by big data and cloud computing, can ensure fairness and inclusiveness in city development says the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) in its report "Smart Cities and Social Governance: Guide to Participatory Indicator Development" launched at the Sino-EU Forum for Smart Cities and Social Governance in Guiyang.
2 years ago

OwlChain Launched as the World's First Food Blockchain Provenance System

The company announced OwlChain, the world's first Ethereum-based food provenance system. Through partnership with top-quality vendors like Nice Garden and Upwelling Ocean, OwlChain brings together transparency, immutability, integrity and deep domain expertise for various food supply chains, creating a new benchmark for better food safety in the world.
2 years ago

What is Next for 3D Printing After China’s First Commercial Airliner Maiden Flight?

The first China built commercial airliner C919 took its maiden flight on 5th May, 2017 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. This marks a historical moment in China’s aviation industry. C919 was developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), who used 3D printing technologies and specialty metals like titanium alloys in the developments of the airliner.
2 years ago

JD.com to Build Heavy-load drones able to carry more than a ton

JD.com, China’s largest retailer, online or offline, has reached an agreement with the provincial government of Shaanxi to build China’s largest low-altitude drone logistics network.
2 years ago

The Political Economy of State-led Energy Transformations: Lessons from Solar PV in Kenya and China

Within the socio-technical transitions literature, there has been increased interest in “the state” as the primary actor with the responsibility, authority and capacity to address these issues. But understanding the role of the state in energy transformations requires an appreciation of context: what is possible given enormous differences in capacity and resources, autonomy and uneven access to different energy sources and technologies.
2 years ago

Growth of Australia's Smart Cities Industry : Overview, Size and Share 2017

The concept of smart communities is based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (FttP) and smart grids, so that connected and sustainable communities can be developed. However, they cannot be built within the silo structure that currently dominates our thinking; a holistic approach is needed, one that includes environmental issues such as energy-self-sufficient buildings, exchanges for renewable energy and e-cars, delivery of e-health, e-education and e-government services, as well as digital media and internet services.
2 years ago

IoT-based field trials to improve the Sailing skills of Windsurfers

In this field trial, a device that can simultaneously record GPS and sensor data across nine-axes sensor data from an accelerometer, gyrometer, and geomagnetic sensor unit developed by Lapis Semiconductor, will be attached to windsurfing sails. The recorded data from these sensors will be analyzed using a Fujitsu cloud service, providing visual 3D models and graphs of the movements of the sail.
2 years ago

mPrest and Vector, New Zealand's Largest Power Utility, Sign Contract to Bring “Internet of Energy” to Over a Million Customers

The mDERMS platform will unify Vector’s varied energy resources including solar photovoltaic systems, next generation storage and demand response onto a single distributed command and control system. mPrest will also integrate Vector’s internal operations platforms, including GIS, distribution automation and asset health management onto a single information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) integrated system for control and maximum efficiency, cost and risk reduction for Vector, while increasing choice and reducing energy bills for its customers.
2 years ago

ADB Establishes Fund to Promote High-Level Technology - Japan First Donor

The High-Level Technology Fund will provide grants for technical assistance projects, investment projects, and recruitment of technology experts to promote the integration of HLT and innovative solutions throughout the project cycle, from identification to implementation, of ADB-financed and administered sovereign and nonsovereign projects.
2 years ago

Nokia's Smart City expertise to help make western China's TianFu New Area a Science and Technology Hub

Under the agreement, both parties will collaborate on the establishment of the new digital city including the construction of the data center and related telecom infrastructure, the deployment of the trial network for internet of things (IoT), the incubation of IoT applications and devices, big data, and the deployment of an end-to-end optics network in Tianfu New Area.
2 years ago

The Role of Industrial Robots in the Development of Automotive Industry in China

The use of robots in the world is continuously increasing year by year, so it is expected that about 414.000 robot units will be used in 2019. China is the first country in the world in the application of industrial robots, and is increasing the use every year, so that we can say that the annual trend in the application of robots in China is exponential by function.
2 years ago

China, Japan, and South Korea Lead Asian Smart City Initiative Deployments

ABI Research finds that governments in China, Japan, and South Korea lead the deployment of citizen-centric, smart city initiatives in Asia. Specific leading cities in China that continue to show accelerated adoption of smart energy solutions include Dalian, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Tianjin. The smart city programs improve overall quality of life, boost enterprise operational efficiencies, and enhance the effectiveness of public safety and security, transportation, citizen engagement, catastrophe management, and sustainability services.
2 years ago