Acer Cooperates with MOEA to Build the World ’s First Dual-Network Application Services Bringing Innovative Mobile Office, Mobile Park Management and Mobile Life Services to Nankang Software Park (NKSP)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (January 27, 2005) – Acer Inc. announced today its significant achievement to complete the first phase of the “Nankang Software Park Dual – Network Integration Demonstration Project.” In cooperation with the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Committee of Communications Industry Development (COCID), MOEA and more then 10 leading IT and communication service providers, Acer has built the world’s first integrated dual-network integrated application services, which will be immediately offered in the Nankang Science Park. Not only does this represent the official kick-off of the M-Taiwan program, but also symbolizes that Taiwan’s communication industry is no longer a follower, but a leader in providing innovative services and technology.
Duel-network integration, as defined by the National Information and Communication Initiative Committee(NICI), refers to technology that combines cellular networks with Wireless LANs. This means that WLAN and GPRS or 3G can be integrated into dual-network cell phones allowing users to enjoy various application services provided via a WLAN system. It combines advantages of both cellular, such as rapid switching and wide coverage, and WLAN, such as fast transmission and lower cost, to provide users with seamless communication services.
Ms. Ho Mei-Yueh, the Minister of Economic Affairs, remarked that, ”Broadband network communication and applications have become an essential link to develop our country’s communication industry. Recognizing this, the MOEA had the IDB propose and execute “The Demonstration Program for Wireless Broadband Applications” to strengthen the development of Taiwan’s wireless industry. In the future, we will apply those important achievements to the M-Taiwan program, which will start this year. We expect to spur more than 8 million people to adopt wireless and raise Taiwan’s global mobility competitiveness ranking to fifth place. Most importantly, we aim to improve Taiwan’s technology capability and create the third trillion NTD industry, in addition to the existing semi-conductor and LCD display industries.”
Mr. Chen Chao-Yih, the Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau, stated that “Taiwan has more than a 95% share of the global wireless equipment market, and local cell phone penetration is more than 110%. Taiwan also possesses the advantage of having a high population density. All these give Taiwan an inherent advantage to develop dual-network applications and services. With the government acting as a locomotive, we hope to connect the supply chain of the communication industry to demonstrate Taiwan’s technological capability to the world. We also look forward to bringing these innovative services to other countries in the near future.”
Mr. Ben Wan, President of Acer’s e-Enabling Services Business Group, said that “Being a Taiwan-based globally branded company, Acer is more than proud to cooperate with the Taiwan government to establish a science park model through building the world’s first integrated dual-network application service. At the same time, we are more than happy to collaborate with so many leading partners to improve Taiwan’s intelligent economy and increase its productivity. Over the past two years, Acer has developed various wireless application services such as a personal digital guide for museums and a multi-media broadcasting system. We are committed to develop more and more application services to bring users easy and dependable services through IT.”
In this project, Acer tailored application services to match NKSP’s unique features. There are three service categories: “Mobile Office”; “Mobile Science Park Management”; and “Mobile Life”. Most important of all, in addition to various innovative services, this project also integrated the back-end authentication technology EAP-SIM. It allows the owner of a dual-network cell phone to access wireless services without complicated log-in procedures.
Project team partners include Microsoft Taiwan; Taiwan Cellular Corp. (TCC); Zyxel; Ivista; Mobile Mind; Computer & Communication Research Labs, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); Institute for Information Industry (III); Systex Corp.; and Witronix.
Acer will jointly promote these services to other science parks in Taiwan as well as in other countries, and will continue to develop and extend new services based on existing ones. For example, it is anticipated that RFID technology will be applied to develop a “Proactive Security Guard Service”. A Multi-media over IP service is also planned.
Acer ranks among the world s top five branded PC vendors, designing and marketing easy, dependable IT solutions that empower people to reach their goals and enhance their lives. In 2000, Acer spun-off its manufacturing operation to focus on globally marketing its brand-name products: desktop and mobile PCs, servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users. Established in 1976, the Acer Group employs 5,500 people supporting dealers and distributors in over 100 countries. Revenues reached US$7 billion in 2004.