TLDG and Dr. Sakamura’s achievements after years of cooperation are finally earning recognition: the Kinmen Wind Lion God Shopping Street and Smart Mall built by the two parties have successfully passed onsite inspections, allowing TLDG to become the first company in Taiwan to win the “Huilanwan.” Chairman Chiu disclosed that the two parties remain engaged in IoT-related in-depth collaborative research. The goal is to first create smart homes (i.e., U-Homes), followed by smart communities (i.e., U-Communities) and smart cities (i.e., U-Cities). Concurrently, the two parties are actively performing joint research and quantitative experiments. The experience gained while transforming Tokyo into a smart city for the Tokyo Olympics will be used as reference in the building of smart cities in Taiwan. In addition, international IoT standards will be established and implemented around the world. Concerning TLDG and Dr. Sakamura’s future plans, they will establish IoT graduate schools to educate students from Taiwan, Japan, and the rest of the world in order to spread IoT usage to all industries.
Chairman Chiu remarked that TLDG has been working with Dr. Sakamura since 2008. TLDG will work with Dr. Sakamura overseas in the areas of IoT, U-Homes, U-Communities, and U-Cities, which will begin with the planning and design of U-Homes. Concerning the production of related components for the U-Homes such as sensors, information products, and communication products, they will be produced in Taiwan because of cheaper costs and superior qualities. With respect to smart technologies, they will be authorized by relevant parties before TLDG begins working with Dr. Sakamura to promote IoT to the world.
Achievements by TLDG and Dr. Sakamura include the Kinmen Wind Lion God Shopping Street and Smart Mall, the 3rd generation U-Home Sensor Network Museum, and the current 4th generation U-Homes. The homes contain a wireless environment featuring wireless sensors that instantly respond to commands issued by tenants. Tenants are no longer required to touch anything to issue commands, fulfilling the goals of safety, energy conservation, comfort and convenience, and sustainable operation.
In addition to working together to actively perform IoT-related research, TLDG and Dr. Sakamura plan to co-found an IoT graduate school in Tokyo in 2017, teaching the subjects of computer design, environmental design, business design, and urban design. The graduate school is scheduled to be hosted at the Toyo University and anticipates to initially enroll 2,000 students. The objective is to educate students from Taiwan, Japan, and the rest of the world to spread IoT usage to all industries.
Dr. Sakamura is also the chairman of information integration for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. TLDG will work jointly with Dr. Sakamura for the planning of smart Tokyo in 2020; the experience gained while transforming Tokyo into a smart city for the Tokyo Olympics will be used as reference in the building of smart cities in Taiwan as well as in the setting of international standards around the world. In June of this year, Dr. Sakamura received a personal award from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in celebration of its 150th anniversary. He was the only Asian to receive such an honor and other winners included Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The ITU is currently one of the United Nations’ specialized departments. This year, it held the aforementioned grand event to award individuals with exceptional innovative performance and contributions to the fields of information and communication technology. Dr. Sakamura was commended for his outstanding contributions for establishing TRON (a global micro real-time operating system) and his assistance in developing the global standard IoT protocols.
Dr. Ken Sakamura, the father of the Internet of Things (IoT), arrived in Taiwan today (10/26) at the invitation of TLDG to announce the world’s first 4th generation U-Home smart home. The smart home uses IoT technology and ubiquitous computing to create the world’s first “switchless” residence. The home contains a wireless environment featuring wireless sensors that instantly respond to commands issued by people. Users are no longer required to touch a screen, install cables, or scan QR codes to issue commands. These advanced, unprecedented technologies can now be found in TLDG’s Huilanwan Sunrise Villa, with the technologies to be fully implemented for the entire region in the future. The goal is to first create smart homes (i.e., U-Homes), followed by smart communities (i.e., U-Communities) and smart cities (i.e., U-Cities).
The biggest differences between the 4th generation U-Homes and the previous three generations of U-Homes are that the former features reductions in costs and improvements in safety features as well as energy conservation and carbon reduction capabilities. Rapid developments in technology have significantly lowered design and construction costs to 1% of those in the past. Nowadays, people pay more attention to safety because of their increased awareness of various risks, as well as the concepts of energy conservation and carbon reduction.
The 4th generation U-Homes employ an IoT sensor network system, in which home owners are no longer required to use door keys nor touch door sensors to open their front doors; instead, a smart system determines whether they are the true owners before unlocking the front door. An immediate signal is sent to home owners’ mobile phones as well as community management centers or police stations whenever strangers enter the premise. The most important philosophy of the 4th generation U-Homes is serving people. Residents will be able to control the home environment, such as comfort and humidity, using their mobile phones. Moreover, with all furniture (such as sofas) having a purchase history on the IoT, the residents will be able to know the brands and manufacturing dates, and can make purchases in advance. In addition, a one-hundred-year architectural management system was introduced, which contains 33 areas, 313 manufacturers of important building materials, equipment models, and inspection data that facilitate building maintenance and sustainable operation.
The overall microclimate of Huilanwan Sunrise Villa was designed after careful calculations. Most of the homes face south and a favorable microclimate is created by considering wind speeds and directions during the four seasons and retaining wind passages. Such designs effectively reduce earthquake-caused overturn forces, typhoon-induced wind pressure, and energy consumption by 33%, 56%, and 27%, respectively. In addition, the designs lower CO2 emissions and water consumption by 35% (46,000 tons) when compared with general communities. Approximately NT$550 thousand and NT$3.9 million can be saved in annual water and electricity charges, respectively. Furthermore, digital electricity meters enable residents to know their cumulative electricity consumption at all times.
Moreover, the Kinmen Wind Lion God Shopping Street and Smart Mall built by Dr. Ken Sakamura and TLDG successfully passed onsite inspections, enabling TLDG to become the first company in Taiwan to win the “Gold-Class Smart Building Label.” Onsite inspections comprised four assessment categories: business, office-based service, public gathering, and others (warehouse). Items inspected included integrated wiring, information and communication, system integration, facility management, safety and disaster prevention, health and comfort, and energy conservation management. A total of 4,532 sensors were used to monitor and inspect the smart mall to examine its fire, electricity, air conditioning, and security facilities. In addition, the IoT and product information were implemented, enabling virtual and physical home equipment to come together to increases sales and TLDG to become the first company to win the “Intelligent Building Gold Label” in Taiwan.
In recent years, the introduction of green building-related policies by the government has driven the growth of green buildings. According to statistics compiled by the Ministry of the Interior, as of end of Feb., 2015, the number of public and private buildings that have obtained a green building label or a green building candidate certificate totaled 4,965. From 2003 to 2014, the number of applications for smart building label and certification approved by the Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior totaled 82. The number of the said application has grown considerably in recent years, totaling more than 10 per year since 2011. In 2014, the number of applications received broke the previous record at 24, indicating people’s increased attention to high-quality living environments that emphasize the integration of production, lifestyle, and ecology.
The Kinmen Wind Lion God Shopping Street built by TLDG won the 17th Annual National Gold Award for Architecture yesterday. Qiu Fu-sheng (right), chairman of the board of TLDG, received the award from Chang Po-ya (left), president of the Control Yuan.