JAXA Epsilon-4 to launch with experimental Earth sensor and star tracker developed by Tokyo Tech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
QUT is testing a novel technology developed by US company Mercurius Biorefining to convert biomass into jet and diesel fuels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The establishment of an annual crop growth profile from each quadratic model has enabled a benchmark of historic crop development to be derived.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From pixels to point clouds - Using Drones, Game Engines and Virtual Reality to model and map the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia
Talk given for the ANDS Drones in Research Webinar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mizuho Financial Group is working with IBM Japan to ultimately conduct actual trade transactions based on Hyperledger Fabric, a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation. Specifically, the project exchanges digitized letters of credit for actual trade transactions between Japan and overseas clients. As the letter of credit is digitally shared among parties including importers, exporters and their banks, it is expected to simplify the associated document creation and exchange processes, which have traditionally been time- and paper-intensive.
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.
The Chinese central government has upgraded the city of Chengdu to the status of "national central city" and assigned it the new objective of becoming the "science and technology center of western China". Chengdu Hi-tech Zone is the pillar that underpins Chengdu's endeavor in building a national central city and has amassed the interest of an increasing number of international talent.
China's infrastructure spending plan is not comparable to the 2008 stimulus, a J.P.Morgan economist claims. The Ministry of Transport and the National Development and Reform Commission has announced that 4.7 trillion yuan ($720 billion) will be spent on infrastructure from 2016-2018, covering 303 projects.
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.
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.
Alibaba Group and Government of Denmark sign MoU to strengthen Danish Exports and Tourism among Chinese consumers
China is a very promising, but also a challenging market for many Danish companies. Chinese consumers have often limited knowledge of Danish products and with the opening of an official Danish pavilion on China’s leading e-commerce market place Tmall Global, we hope to draw attention to Danish products and brands.
Indonesia has the world's fourth largest population and is taking up an average annual economic growth rate of 6%. The Korean cultural wave has fueled the Indonesian people's interest in Korea and Korean food, making the nation a bridgehead to the world Halal food market.
Cohda Wireless receives $2M from the Government of South Australia to test Autonomous Driving Solutions
The fund will provide $10 million over the next three years to projects that demonstrate, develop or contribute to the applied research of future mobility technologies. The South Australian Government will award grants to projects that contribute to Adelaide’s Smart City initiative and position South Australia as a competitive test bed for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).
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.
PM signed a decision approving the project which aims to develop electric, electronic and high-tech telecom products. The R&D centre will be located in Nguyen Xien road, Dai Kim ward of Hoang Mai district.
About 1% of New Zealand farmland is managed organically. Nitrogen is the nutrient most likely to limit organic crop production. A potential solution is incorporation of compost to supply N. About 726,000 t of municipal garden and kitchen wastes are sent to landfills annually. Composting offers a means of reducing the impact of landfill wastes on the wider environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Dr Poon predicted that the ratio of EVs will increase to between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of the total number of vehicles in Hong Kong in the next 10 years. While the increase will create significant demand for high-speed charging stations, it will also present certain challenges. "Many buildings in Hong Kong were built more than 10 years ago, and they have no allocated space for installing an EV charging system," he noted. Apart from promoting system upgrade, the Hong Kong Productivity Council has also successfully developed a high-speed charger of only 150mm in thickness.
The K-ICT Born2Global Centre (Born2Global), a major Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), announced its plan to diversify Korea's startup scene by attracting talented workers from around the world and create an environment that enables Born-Global startups to grow based on strong foundations overseas.
Agriculture, Utilities, Food and Beverages The Most Promising Industries for Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Asia and Africa
For a large, middle-income region such as Latin America and the Caribbean, it is not surprising that food and beverages are deemed a promising industry; but the selection of “other manufacturing” by local IPAs, which includes everything from jewelry to medical equipment, indicates that there is a degree of niche specialization in the region.