【Taipei, Taiwan】 The biggest breakthrough point of developing smart city technology is the networking application–Internet of Things (IoT). The ultimate aim of IoT is to create more comfortable and convenient living for human beings by using advanced technologies.
The IoT concept is the combination of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). IT includes inbound information, financial information and many more technologies that have grown considerably over the past 20 years. OT includes hardware and software that detect or cause a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise. Each item connected to the Internet can be an effective data entry and can perform an action immediately.
For example, in the new energy application, wind power plants are usually located in remote districts and the allocation of manpower is relatively inconvenient. However, as long as the IoT technology can be implemented in the construction stage, the operation information of wind turbines can be gathered, and the entire operating environment can be remotely controlled accompanying with regular maintenance manpower, it is possible to make use of resources to achieve high efficiency.
The basic architecture of the Internet of Things is divided into four levels–sensor layer, communication layer, cloud computing layer and application layer. These four levels are the most important criteria for developing smart city, and are widely used in smart factory, smart logistics, smart healthcare, smart retail, smart transportation and smart building.
IEI has been developing innovative products and technologies for various smart city solutions. In smart factory applications, IEI provides manufacturing execution system (MES). IEI smart transportation solution focuses on railway, vehicle, and marine intelligent applications to help enterprise and people to improve journey efficiency by enhancing data acquisition, analysis, and precise prediction. In smart healthcare, improving main functions for the ambulance pre-treatment, telemedicine and special operating room has become an important target for IEI in recent years.
IEI smart retail solution combines PSI, kiosk and digital signage solutions to provide high quality customer service and experience. The PSI system, along with database and the unique web-based product status monitor interface, provides real-time status update and monitoring by integrating the UHF RFID technology for reading RFID tags. Therefore, the PSI system can immediately monitor and update information in the database, and the system is able to analyze customers' behavior in order to provide better product and service to customers.