A memorandum of understanding for communications technology cooperation to pave the way for the joint development of a wireless sensor network was signed in Ottawa on Monday between Taiwan and Canada.
The memorandum was signed by Communications Research Centre Canada President Veena Rawat, Representative to Canada David Lee (李大維), National Science Council Minister Lee Lou-chuang (李羅權) and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Canada’s de facto embassy in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
Lee Lou-chuang said his agency and the Canadian research center have had a long-term partnership and had cooperated on a number of projects in the past.
The two institutions previously completed projects to develop monolithic microwave integrated circuits and satellite antenna systems, and they are now working on wireless sensors for biomedical and environmental applications, Lee Lou-chuang said.
Taiwan and the Canadian research center will also focus on new generation cognitive radio technology, which could have a number of applications, including in high definition and 3D TV and even biomedicine, Lee said.
The communications industry is one of the nation’s most important economic sectors, with an output value of NT$1 trillion (US$33.2 billion) last year, David Lee said.
The industry’s shipments could rise 30 percent this year, he said, citing a forecast by the Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute, a leading information and communications technology industry research organization.
According to the National Research Council of Canada Web site, Canada’s top research body has maintained close exchanges with the science council since the two organizations signed a memorandum in 1997 to bolster bilateral research collaboration.
Additional reporting by Staff Writer