With the support from Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program, Cisco Taiwan has carried out meaningful projects with the Taiwan government and invested significantly to the community with positive feedback. The Taiwan government awarded Cisco the IPO Award 2020 in November 2020 for recognizing Cisco Taiwan’s contribution to the local community, economy, and tech development

These important CDA projects include:

Building the First Testing Platform for 5G Open Network in Taiwan

Cisco and the Taiwan government collaborated to build the first testing platform for 5G open network in Taiwan, allowing local companies to access Cisco’s cloud-based network to develop 5G telecom equipment and relevant solutions and tap into the global market.

The 5G open network architecture created by Cisco has features such as cloud and virtualization, which is conducive to the openness and standardization of base station interfaces. The entire architecture from radio access network, transmission network to core network can be open to different suppliers. This model subverted the traditional and closed environment in the past which only large and established telecommunication companies can join the research and development (R&D) game of 5G. But now, the 5G open network testing platform offers Taiwan manufacturers unrestricted access to 5G services, allowing them to conduct R&D on cutting-edge telecom equipment.

In addition, under the 5G open core network architecture, the cloud-native mobile network system provided by Cisco effectively helps reduce the cost and complexity of construction of network architecture and enhances the bargaining power of telecom suppliers, and is expected to accelerate the global 5G deployment due to reduced investment costs process.

Empowering Digital Healthcare

With the advent of the post-pandemic era, various industries are actively engaging in digital transformation. Focusing on the front-line medical industry in the fight against the pandemic, Cisco has integrated its own software and hardware infrastructure to create the “Digital Medical Cart” through Cisco solutions and equipment, in order to help the medical industry breakthrough boundaries and realize the vision of telemedicine.

With the support of Cisco’s partners, 10 digital medical carts have been successfully deployed in 10 medical institutions. The specific applications implemented include:

  • Remote teleconsultation at emergency room: The hospitals have placed the “digital medical carts” in emergency rooms and ICU wards for consultation between critical care physicians and attending physicians. There has been a case in which a dermatologist used the high-definition video equipment to remotely diagnose burns and give medical advice to emergency room physicians before deciding whether to go to the scene, enabling the personnel to keep abreast of each patient’s latest condition.
  • Teleconsultation in remote areas: Patients in remote rural areas who are unable to travel can use the “digital medical carts” to contact senior doctors and receive immediate diagnosis. Medical departments can also implement mobile medical treatment in rural areas and district offices.
  • Precision diagnosis: Equipped with low-latency and high-resolution video technology and hardware, Cisco’s “digital medication cart” can be equipped with a digital medical imaging set, a Bluetooth stethoscope, or a cardiac catheterization device for telemedicine consultations, allowing physicians to see patients in real time with clear images.  The cardiogram can also be transmitted to the team participating in the consultation, which helps them to identify cardiac murmurs and improve the accuracy of telemedicine through both auditory and visual diagnosis.
  • Industry-academia collaboration: There are medical colleges and medical device manufacturers working together for industry-academia collaboration. The medication cart can be combined with digital physiological monitoring equipment to monitor the patient’s ECG, respiration, and body temperature, greatly enhancing digital medical performance and facilitating clinical consultation.
  • Medical observation: The “digital medical cart” not only assists attending physicians to do rounds through video, but also allows experienced physicians and students to share clinical highlights and carry out medical observations.

Establishing Demo Hub of Smart City Solutions

Cisco has set up a demonstration hub of smart city solutions in Taoyuan, Taiwan. In the demo hub, Cisco showcases the core projects working with eight partners regarding smart city development, including security, energy-saving, education, medical care, manufacturing, retail, construction, transportation, environment control, and conferences.

The integrated smart city solutions that Cisco and the partners provide including:

  • Smart Security: Cisco works with Jetit Corporation to develop AI NVR solution applications, using artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to improve urban traffic and build a safe living and working environment.
  • Smart Energy Saving: Cisco partners with E-Formula Technologies to develop three smart energy-saving solutions, namely energy optimization solutions, solar solutions, and microgrid energy storage solutions, in order to assist enterprises in reaching government energy-saving and carbon-reduction policies.
  • Smart Education: Cisco teams up with MiTAC Information Technology, who has been focusing on the field of smart education, to develop a smart campus solution. It integrates learning, reading and health information through the AIOT platform, analyzing the growth and learning history, and providing guidance to students for their development.
  • Smart Medical Treatment: By working with LANtel Telecommunication, the team has developed solutions for remote healthcare and provided mobile medical cart service. The solutions help improve the quality of medical care at rural areas.
  • Smart Manufacturing: Cisco works with Synergies Intelligent Systems to provide a joint solution for smart factories. The solution helps accelerate the speed of data analysis, human-computer collaboration and intelligent decision-making. Ultimately it helps efficiently realize digital transformation and enhance the core competitiveness of enterprises.
  • Smart Retail: Cisco collaborates with The Syscom Group to use smart robots to display smart retail scenarios that are closely related to people’s livelihoods, including welcoming guests, product recommendations, sales information, and parking exchanges, etc. In addition, the smart monitoring solution helps quickly resolve different situations of mall equipment, which helps enhance the customer experience.
  • Smart Building: Based on the Internet of Things (IoT), Cisco works with Delta Electronics for automation solutions for buildings, including lighting control, smart monitoring, and environmental detection, in order to create a people-oriented, comfortable, convenient, and safe environment.
  • Smart Transportation and Smart Environmental Control: Cisco works with HwaCom Systems to integrate information collected from IoT data for smart transportation management. It helps improve traffic problems in smart cities and provide a monitoring platform for water level and air pollution quality.
  • Smart Conference: In the demo hub of smart city solutions, Cisco also demonstrates the smart conference solution Webex. The system applies artificial intelligence technology to video collaboration terminal equipment to improve the communication efficiency of teamwork.

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