Promoting industrial AI and its applications in medical care, construction site safety, and food/retail services in Taiwan

  • From the experience of promoting AI development, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs addresses the shortage of manpower, the pain points of industrial development, and the needs for industrial transformation by introducing a dual development model that combines top-down (theme-based) and bottom-up (needs-based) approaches.

  • The model links industry associations and identifies companies with AI technology to explore fields and industries in need of AI applications. Through guidance and subsidy programs, the project promotes empirical cases of AI. Through coaching mechanism, large companies are teamed up with startups. Large companies propose their R&D needs, and startups can have the opportunity to execute the concepts and become a part of the supply chain. This also helps large companies reduce R&D costs.

  • The cases introduced in the video include smart medical care, AI in construction sites or factories, AI for human and environmental safety, improvement of management efficiency, smart transformation of the food service industry, etc.

[AI Physiological Sensor in Mattress]

This mattress developed by ForeAider uses micro-motion sensing and AI cough recognition technology to detect user’s status, including respiration, heartbeat, and if the user has gotten up from bed or not.

The sensor can also detect abnormal signs of respiration in seconds. The user can also seek help by simply tapping on the mattress. This service offers elders or patients in need comprehensive care with privacy. Since there’s no wearable device, it’s super comfortable and fits into the everyday life. This solves the problem of signal instability due to sensor displacement, can help reduce the burden of work on caregivers, and helps to improve the quality and efficiency of care service.

 

[Smart Transformation of the Service Industry]

We know AI can write articles and do quality check, but do you know AI can do barbecue as well? Let’s take a look.

In this deli called Bento Factory, AI helps to check the size, amount, and status of food ingredients. The AI equipment also helps to check the important cooking parameters, such as cooking time, temperature, air supply, air current speed, and so on, so that the cooking is exactly as expected.

With this equipment, you can save 10% of cooking time, which means you increase productivity by 50%. This means you can save time, energy, and ingredients, and make sure the taste and quality are always consistent.

But that's not all! This AI system also monitors the cooking equipment and runs self-cleaning program after used, which can be finished in merely 12 minutes! You can also use an app to control the system remotely, so you don’t need a chef, a stove, and a cashier.

Through the HACCP system, you can do everything automatically and download the cooking data from the last 10 days. In short, it’s extremely convenient and cost-efficient.

Last but not least, AI also helps you manage your business better! Through smart website management and AI Hawkeye Data Monitoring System, reviews and comments on news media and social media are semantically analyzed. This will help your business become more popular on the Internet and come up with precise promotion strategies.

 

[Smart Device to Ensure Work Safety: Smart Inspection at Worksite]

On-site safety management in factory is the biggest challenge for operators. Firstly, waste disposal personnel need to make regular inspections at the equipment location, but it was impossible to keep track of the progress and location of the inspections.

Secondly, the inspection route is complicated, which makes the process very time-consuming. It's also very difficult to notice an accident as it occurs.

Or when an employee is working alone, it’s impossible to report abnormalities immediately. This can happen on toxic substance leak events or other accidents, and thus compromise work safety.

Thirdly, the factory environment is very complex. It’s easy to waste manpower. The inspection also takes a long time. So, the efficiency suffers. To solve these problems, this factory introduced the smart AI location system for personnel inspection. This system from SweeTek Incorporated can ensure safety for all by using a mobile app and locators to establish an inspection management platform.

By optimizing the inspection routes, the system reduces the risk of accidents, and also improves the efficiency of accident response. This helps operators to save at least 160,000 euros every year in personnel expenses, and prevents closedowns in case of accident, which can lead to losses of 150,000 euros per day.

 

[Daka Automatic Engineering Safety Management System]

Most construction sites occupy a large area of space, which makes it very difficult for human managers to do effective safety management. For example, there might be many entrances, which makes access control during machine operation very difficult. It's also difficult to keep checking if every worker is wearing a full set of safety equipment, or if there's any abnormality on the site.

To solve these problems, Daka Automatic Engineering Safety Management System designed by Xile Technology offers a solution which only requires locators and a mobile app, with no cable needed. Without a single sensor, you can predict hazards from air quality, high temperature, rainfall and receive earthquake warnings made possible by the AI algorithms.

The transmission base can connect various types of sensors and transmit wireless signal within 2 kilometers of distance without using Wi-Fi or 4G networks. Whenever there’s a potential risk of harm, the system can proactively send alert to nearby personnel to take preventive measures. When the personnel enter the work area, the system automatically sends push notifications of hazard and occupational safety.

After workers enter the work area, it can detect the location of workers. Anomaly detection can be automatically turned on to remind the workers as they enter a dangerous area such as elevated or confined space, or if they enter a dangerous environment with high heat, bad air quality, rainfall hazard, or risks of earthquake.

When there’s any anomaly detected, the system automatically notifies the management and nearby personnel for quick inspection to facilitate instant rescue. If unauthorized personnel enter an area that requires clearance, they will be reminded to leave. If they stay for too long, the management will be notified so they can take appropriate measures.