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Taiwanese start-ups pushing ahead with AI tech
台灣十家最酷科技新創 AI安全帽攻進歐美

Security cameras attached to a pole in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, China.

Photo: Reuters

The Ministry of Science and Technology last week published a list of the “10 coolest Taiwanese tech start-ups” for the year 2017. The list was made up of five companies involved in artificial intelligence (AI), two in the Internet of Things, a further two in biomedical sciences and another working with augmented and virtual reality.

One of the companies on the list is JARVISH, founded by Lu Tsung-hsien, which in February last year announced the world’s first mass-produced “smart” safety helmet. Lu says the company carried out R&D, built a team and made its product all within Taiwan. According to Lu, the main advantage of their product is it has AI technology embedded within the helmet which is able to detect if a motorcycle has crashed and then, via a smartphone app synchronized with the helmet, use conversational robotics to initiate a handsfree emergency call.

Meanwhile, in a television report recently broadcast by the BBC called “In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state,” a reporter was allowed access to a surveillance center in China’s Guizhou Province to carry out a real-time experiment. After the journalist’s face was scanned and registered on its system as a suspect, it took only seven minutes, walking from Guiyang city center to the city’s train terminus, for the journalist to be apprehended by Chinese police. The report has sparked intense debate online.

In Taiwan, every residential area contains security surveillance systems, and Taiwanese start-up Umbo CV has developed its own image recognition system. Director of design Chen Chao-yi says the company’s Umbo Light product, which uses deep learning and neural network architecture to commercialize computer vision on security cameras, was developed using Umbo CV’s in-house AI image recognition system. The product uses human-based knowledge assessment systems to determine whether surveillance images contain abnormal objects or behavior, and will issue an alert immediately an incident is positively identified.


1. start-up n.


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2. R&D

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3. surveillance system phr.


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4. image recognition phr.


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5. behavioral pattern phr.


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6. human resource cost phr.


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Chen says that in the past, surveillance systems would only judge the movement of objects, but Umbo Light also uses objects’ behavioral patterns to determine whether a security problem exists. After performing an analysis, if behavior such as wall climbing, breaking in or the shadowing of an individual is detected, an alert is instantly sent to the client.

Chen explains the technology is like having an experienced AI security guard on duty 365 days a year, 7 days a week and will dramatically reduce the human resource cost of security, which was previously reliant on the human eye.

(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)

科技部上週公布「二○一七年台灣十家最酷科技新創」名單,其中屬於人工智慧的公司計有五家,物聯網及生醫各兩家、AR/VR 一家。



台灣的居住環境都有安全監視系統。研發影像辨識的盾心科技設計總監陳昭億說,Umbo Light是由他們自主研發的人工智慧影像辨識系統,運用深度學習的類神經網路架構,將電腦視覺商用化在安全監控相機上,透過人類的知識教導監視器主動判斷畫面中的物體與異常行為,並在事件發生第一時間進行通報。

他解釋,過去監視系統只會對物體的移動進行判斷,Umbo Light則是利用生物體的行為模式去判斷有無安全疑慮,經過分析,若出現爬牆、入侵、尾隨的行徑,將第一時間通報給客戶傳達警訊。




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