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Made-in-Taiwan smart home story

Made-in-Taiwan smart home story

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Do you know? The world famous Nest thermostat, Dropcam and among several other connected-home products are actually the fruits of cooperation between Taiwan's original makers and those leading brands. Thanks to our prominent IT and networking background backed by years of experience, the island is marching in full gear towards the smart home arena, shining under the spotlight.

The article “MIT Brightens the Smart Home Future” provides a backgrounder of Taiwan’s exclusive seat on the world’s smart home bandwagon and the role for which the island’s makers play a big part, a scenic play that juxtaposes the best of art forms – hardware and software.

For this edition’s prime story, discover the strong design concept instilled across Taiwan’s smart home makers, their push for innovation through product creativity and customization.

Also, there is a full-featured section dedicated to 50 MIT products from 67 manufacturers, including the views and opinions of those leading industry experts in Taiwan, such as Amegia, Climax, StarVedia, D-Link, OvisLink, Skywatch, Unitech, Lilin, Barvotech, and among several others.

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series comprises three out-of-the-box-ready desktop and rack-server models. The new series offers recording solutions that will simplify installation and setup for mid-sized installations such as schools, industries and larger retail stores that require a feature-rich system for high-definition surveillance.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on high-quality servers and configured to perfectly match Axis' wide range of network cameras, providing both ease of installation and reliability.

“Axis continuously develops innovative products and solutions in order to optimize our customer's businesses. AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series presents packaged, plug and play solutions that help our customers easily get up and running with their mid-sized video surveillance installation,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi.

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series consists of:
* AXIS S1016, workstation model for use in office environments for installations up to 16 video channels
* AXIS S1032, rack server model for installations of up to 32 video channels
* AXIS S1048, rack server model for installations of up to 48 video channels

AXIS Camera Station video management software is pre-installed. The software offers an intuitive user interface with features to meet the demand for effective and active surveillance such as a flexible live view layout, site maps, powerful event configuration, efficient alarm management and responsive PTZ control. System settings such as camera and storage are configured to further simplify system setup and maximize performance.

Hardware components such as hard-discs, graphic card and CPUs, as well as storage capacity are optimized to meet the demands for reliable high-definition surveillance. To further safeguard system uptime, the package includes hardware and software support for three years.

Further features of AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series include:
* Pre-installed system software such as Windows 7
* The recorders are easily scalable with additional AXIS Camera Station licenses
* Support for multiple screens
* AXIS Camera Station S9001 Desktop Terminal available as an option

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series is expected to be available in the US, Canada in October and in EU countries in December 2014 through Axis' distribution channels. Suggested retail price for AXIS S1016 is $3999, AXIS S1032 is $10999 and AXIS S1048 is $15999.

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It's only been the last few years since the smart home sector has picked up widespread attention. Sensing such explosive growth, Taiwan traditional security camera makers and component suppliers have all jumped on the bandwagon, all hoping to grab a share of the global market. To date, Taiwan's export destinations of smart home products have spanned across major markets in the US and Europe, with most of their businesses channeled through telcos, distributors, retailers, solution providers, and project-based SIs.

By having a rich experience in working with European smart home brands, Huang of Philio observed some key popular items – the combination of good designed product appearance, stable technology and safety certification assured. “Too-cute designed products can be regarded as toys in some markets. Clean and light design is preferable now when talking about business prospect. Also, safety certification is a must-have for European partners,” he said, adding that Philio also aims for the US market in 2015.

Dextech, a company who has been providing the entire ecosystem of smart home items that include cloud servers, software app and firmware development, said it is also targeting two of the world's biggest markets – Europe and the US.

However, there are still those who see vast potential in emerging markets, notably South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“Our business scope encompasses ‘ROW', or simply, rest of world,” Dr. Chen of Skywatch said, adding that their customers now include Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Panama.

“Although Quadrant's target markets are the US, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, we also hope to reach to markets in Africa, Eastern Europe and China with the launch of our new products,” said Quandrant's product marketing director Debby Chen.

Quadrant is in the production of consumer video monitoring with wireless technology and cloud service. Since 1999 it has built its reputation by making quality memory and camera modules for the aftermarket, distribution and reseller channels.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
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The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

For some, user experience is a new catchphrase. Slowly but surely smart home makers in Taiwan are grasping the concept of user experience. Thanks to years of export experience and regular interaction with their customers, they have come to understand that user experience is all the aspects of how people use an interactive product: the way it feels in their hands, how well they understand how it works, how they feel about it while they're using it, and how well it fits into the entire context in which they are using it.

GKB is launching a smart home solution on a camera (SoC) called Aetherlink to its global market. Aetherlink is the result of the integration of reliable software, customized sensors, and app that allows you to have a sense of complete control,” said Anna Hsiung of GKB Security.

According to Philio Technology CEO James Huang, simplicity is very important in smart home. To date, most of smart home products are still complicated to general users in the mass market. “We are in the very early days of smart home. Perhaps only gadget lovers enjoy and understand smart home products. As an original maker, we have to simplify the user experience of smart home product as much as possible.”

Philio designs and manufactures Z-Wave based smart home solutions, ranging from PIR sensors, controller, gateway to software & app design. By far, Philio's products are utilized in DIY kits and professional system integration projects.

Meanwhile, given the breakneck price competition within the DIY markets, some Taiwan makers believe that Taiwan can play a big part in the SI market to create a niche under the notable MIT moniker.

“Due to the stagnant US economy whereby new construction of apartments and condos are springing up everywhere, it is about the right time to enter the market,” said Unitech CEO Pete Chen.

“For integrated smart home, most traditional main players in the US market are still in SIs, for single devices or sub-systems such as security, smart plugs, IP cameras, and so forth.”

Chen said 2015 is another milestone year for Unitech to go global, both product portfolio and market penetration. It is unveiling series of new products targeted at SIs and VADs (value-added distributors.) The products include “Elfin Home & Community”, “Elfin T&A,” “MoboBell” for remote doorbell featuring apps for consumer smartphones and tablets, and “Rainbow”, a system management console.

Also aimed at top tier markets is Lilin, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software with over 30 years of experience. The company is currently working with Control4 in the US market.

“Taiwan has its strengths in the project (installer) market, and although our prices are higher, customers in the US and Europe will still consider Taiwan because of our quality,” said Lilin global marketing manager Chris Hsu.

Hsu said thanks to Taiwan maker's international presence over the years, they are able to understand better the demands of overseas markets, and can provide a faster feedback.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Over the years, the island has carved out a distinctive niche as the world's pre-eminent high-tech manufacturing hub. But due to price competition from neighboring countries and other underlying factors, manufacturing hardware alone can no longer sustain its competitive edge.

But thanks to these experiences coupled with Taiwan's design talents, Taiwan smart home makers are known for their ability to conduct OEM/ODM on customized projects. Taiwan makers are well-positioned to tackle the flourishing smart home market, since they can utilize their technology and manufacturing capability to reinvent everyday household objects to solve actual problems.

“Taiwan's advantage is in customized projects because our hardware and software are already in place,” said Amegia CEO Kevin Wu, a leading OEM/ODM provider dedicated to the integration and customization of surveillance solutions.

Amegia, who's been providing different modules and solutions ever since its inception 5 years ago, sees itself as free from the price fray.

Taiwan's smart home makers are striving to distinguish their products from competitors through differentiation strategies. In an often crowded product market, customers crave product distinctions to help them make purchasing decisions. By offering greater values and customization features, many of Taiwan's producers have come to understand that the best product differentiation strategies increase their company image, cater to customer preferences and increase sales.

Also, because smart home is a very personalized thing, customization is important for future sustainability, according to Climax Technology director of new business development Y.K. Chen.

Coming from a professional intrusion alarm background, Climax is a wireless expert that provides total turnkey solutions with regard to user interfaces, gateways and cloud service.

With the smart home market in China currently on the rise, Chinese makers of smart home products already number in the thousands. In order for Taiwan makers to compete with such a scale and to avoid price competition, product differentiation is definitely the key factor, Chen explained.

“In terms of the scale of the smart home market in China, the quantity is there. But it lacks variety because everyone is churning out similar hardware specs.”

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global smart home has really hit its stride. Even the big boys – Google, Apple and Samsung – are all head over heels looking to make a statement. According to a study released by Juniper Research, the smart home market will reach a staggering $71 billion by 2018.

So who are amongst the drivers behind the move toward mass adoption? For one, Taiwan makers are very much onboard the smart home bandwagon, providing new features and solutions that help push the industry into the next generation as our homes become the hub for smarter living.

The smart home arena in Taiwan is a colorful representation of those in the know. It can generally be summed up by three types of players. First, there are those that are already IT and networking experts in their respective fields, providing gateways, home cameras and cloud services for telcos, MSOs, retailers, SIs, and IT distributors respectively. Companies falling into this category include D-Link, Gemtek, Advantech, Sercomm, AlphaNetworks, Chicony, Liteon, and JSW, just to name a few.

Secondly, there are those carried over from the traditional security sector. Companies like BarvoTech, Lilin, StarVedia, Amegia, Vivotek, ACTeck, GKB, AMTK and Pixord are some examples of those who offered home cameras, NAS, or home NVRs for security distributors, alarm monitoring companies and SIs. Due to their earlier presence, these companies are well positioned globally by name and expertise in the security arena.

On further note, Unitech, Climax, Everspring, Amroad and Touchlife are some of the veterans in the intercom and anti-theft fields who have since been making PIR sensors, wireless alarm kits, video door phones, control panels and HA solutions for security distributors and SIs, alarm monitoring companies, or home automation SIs. These experts are all vying for smart home solutions through enhanced user experiences.

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The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Q6000-E, an outdoor-ready 360° network camera that integrates seamlessly with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras, providing a unique surveillance solution. With just a single click, operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20.000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields. This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Regional Country Manager of Axis Communications, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. “The seamless integration with AXIS Q60-E Series of outdoor PTZ cameras provides a smart, innovative and space-efficient solution offering new and unique video surveillance possibilities.”

This new product will open up new opportunities to solve a common problem, for example in the city surveillance field where there is a need for both a PTZ camera to provide detail, and for a full overview camera to cover the entire area. A single click on any object in AXIS Q6000-E, using the one-click PTZ control feature, will trigger the AXIS Q60-E allowing operators to optically zoom in on the specific object of interest. The use of two screens gives a full 360° overview from AXIS Q6000-E, and a zoomed-in view from AXIS Q60-E, providing operators with a high level of detail while simultaneously being able to maintain an overview of the entire monitored area.

AXIS Q6000-E provides multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression to greatly optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

Any AXIS Q60- E camera is quickly and easily mounted inside the AXIS Q6000-E, allowing also existing AXIS Q60-E installations to be upgraded to monitor wide areas, while simultaneously capturing every detail of interest, with just one click. There's no need for any mounting brackets or extra equipment as AXIS Q6000-E uses the same brackets and network cable as the AXIS Q60-E, minimizing time and cost of installation. Furthermore, AXIS Q6000-E is supplied with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) through AXIS Q60-E, eliminating the need for power cables.

AXIS Q6000-E is supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program. The camera includes support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera Connection. AXIS Q6000-E is planned to be available in Q4 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, introduces the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet Camera, an ideal video solution for small to mid-size businesses in need of reliable, affordable outdoor surveillance.

The Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera provides exceptional video quality within a small framework, making it appropriate for indoor or outdoor active surveillance situations where the camera needs to blend into the environment. With 1080p resolution for crisp, clear high-definition video, the camera provides various viewing angles, including a horizontal view and a corridor mode to capture video in narrow hallways or other areas where the traditional landscape format won’t do.

Using a built-in IR LED, the camera delivers useable video surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Its wide dynamic range further minimizes the impact on surveillance video caused by glare and high-contrast scenes.

“The combination of illuminator and true day/night functionality enables the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera to stay focused in changing light situations, delivering quality video surveillance even in total darkness," said Julian Inman, Product Marketing Manager, Video, EMEA, for Tyco Security Products. “It’s a great addition to our rapidly growing Illustra HD IP Camera range that provides industry-leading versatility and ease of use in an economical package.”

Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG compression ensure excellent image clarity with controlled bandwidth usage. A built-in micro SD/SDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored on a memory card. Also, when triggered, the embedded motion detection sensor in the camera can send an alert to the operator or an email to any address or handheld device.

The ONVIF-compliant camera configures quickly using the free Illustra Connect software that ships with all Illustra cameras. The software is designed to simplify network discovery and configuration, thus saving hours of installation time. The camera is also factory focused, eliminating the need for additional time at installation.

Verint forms global strategic partnership with Unify

Verint forms global strategic partnership with Unify

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems announced that it has formed a global strategic partnership with Unify, a well-known enterprise communications software and services firm. The relationship extends the reach and availability of Verint Workforce Optimization™ (WFO) solutions into enterprise contact centers, or customer engagement centers, on a global basis.

In January 2014, Unify announced its selection of Verint as a global strategic alliance partner. Since formalizing their partnership in August 2014, the organizations have focused on joint go-to-market strategies that leverage Unify's presence in the enterprise and Verint's leadership in the WFO market. Through the partnership, Unify resells Verint's Workforce Optimization solutions, making the technology even more widely available worldwide. Additionally, Verint will work closely with Unify to co-develop strategic features designed to help Unify contact center customers reach their full potential.

“As a recognized leader in customer engagement optimization and workforce optimization, we welcome the addition of Verint solutions to our portfolio, and look forward to the strategic initiatives that will drive business success for our clients,” says Stephen Feldman, director of product management for contact centers at Unify.

Delivering high-value packaged services, both directly and through partners, Unify offers customers such capabilities as IP voice, web collaboration, video conferencing, mobility and contact center solutions to maximize existing infrastructures, business processes and productivity. Unify leverages solutions that work across virtually any communications channel and device—desk phone, smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop.

“Verint is very pleased to have entered into this relationship. It broadens our footprint in the industry, furthers the availability of technology through a world-class partner ecosystem, and can bring customers even greater access to and benefit from both Unify and Verint solutions and services,” adds Oren Stern, senior vice president, product strategy for Enterprise Intelligence Solutions™ at Verint.

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