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UnaStar Final Competition Selects New “Stars” of IoT, Drawing Attention (內附中文)

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April 16th, 2018 – UDN –  The final competition for business proposals for Sigfox “UnaBell” Smart Button – “UnaStar Episode I” completed recently. Among the 25 teams participated, 10 made it to the final competition, and five teams were selected as winners. The five winning teams will spend the next six months going into the POC phase (Proof of Concept), testing the market, and formulating the Go-to-Market strategy for their applications devised for UnaBell. The goal is to capture international business opportunities via UnaBiz.

As the competition winners become the new stars in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, the UnaStar competition has sparked the market potential with various application ideas by the contestants. Topics covered in the competition include toilet cleaning, shopping for religious rituals and festivals, remote elderly care, forest preservation, and improving bus efficiency. The contestants incorporate the smart button with Sigfox IoT technology in their applications. Judges of the competition also commented on the creative ideas and possible directions for future commercialization. Their insights could help the contestants to enhance the business value of the proposals.

Among the five final winners, Qcare team proposed a Qbusstation application that aims to increase the usage of buses in rural areas. The proposal uses the smart button to improve efficiency of transportation in remote areas – such concept could be applied to transportation in tourist attractions and has the potential of incorporating big data analysis in the future. It is safe to say that Qbusstation is already a mature prototype of a commercial application. Another team, Bee, came up with an intuitive application reminding people to maintain the environment of public facilities such as public toilets. These two proposals are considered the most mature for a commercial launch.

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Qcare team proposed a Qbusstation application that aims to increase the usage of buses in rural areas. The proposal uses the smart button to improve efficiency of transportation in remote areas and is already a mature prototype of a commercial application.

bee team

Another finalist team, Bee, came up with an intuitive application reminding people to maintain the environment of public facilities such as public toilets.

General Manager of UnaBiz Taiwan, Mr. Phillipe Chiu, stressed that the UnaBell competition is fruitful because, in the company’s previous experiences, contestants of past competitions either have a strong technological background while lacking knowledge of the market or have great creative ideas that are not executable. Especially because IoT products could apply to vast areas, ideas proposed in past competitions often lack the momentum to move forward to the market. Therefore, UnaBiz decided to narrow it down by concentrating the creative energy to a competition theme. The latest attempt, UnaStar Episode I, has been a success. Mr. Chiu also said that the company will continue to organize events applying Sigfox IoT technology. Since Sigfox has extremely low energy consumption and could last as long as three years, application incorporating GPS technology may be promising – this may as well be the next project for UnaBiz.

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General Manager of UnaBiz Taiwan, Mr. Phillipe Chiu, said that the company will continue to organize events applying Sigfox IoT technology. Since Sigfox has extremely low energy consumption and could last as long as three years, application incorporating GPS technology may be promising – this may as well be the next project for UnaBiz.

Principal Ecosystem Manager of UnaBiz Taiwan, Mr. Philippe Tzou, pointed out that when UnaBiz launched the low energy-consumption IoT web services last year, the company already committed to “carrying partners from Taiwan to the global market, rather than profiting off of the Taiwan market.” This competition is the beginning of UnaBiz’s commitment; the company recognized the potential of entering the international stage in multiple proposals. Designed and manufactured in Taiwan, the UnaBell smart button is now on sale in more than 20 countries, and many international clients are waiting eagerly for innovative applications of the product. The newly crowned UnaStars will have to be ready for accommodating the market needs of the 45 countries using Sigfox technology worldwide.

unastar finalists

The final competition for business proposals – “UnaStar Episode I” completed recently. Among the 25 teams participated, 10 made it to the final competition, and five teams were selected as winners.

 

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Sigfox物聯網最有感應用「UnaBell」智慧按鈕,商業提案競賽「UnaStar首部曲」決賽於日前落幕,此次共25組參賽者參加,10組進入決賽並選出5組獲選優勝隊伍。受到評審青睞的這5組,在接下來的6個月會透過POC與市場測試、應用服務商品化的過程(Go to Market)驗證他們研發的UnaBell的服務應用,透過優納比尋求海外商機。

物聯網新星出爐同時開啟市場後續商機,本次UnaStar首部曲的應用範圍主題相當豐富,包含深入生活的廁所易清專按、拜拜購物、送洗衣物、多樣銀髮遠端照護,大到森林守護以及巴士效率提升等,各團隊以Sigfox物聯網技術結合「按鈕」應用。競賽評審也對其創意,以及商業化方向適時提供建議,讓這些主題能優化強化商業價值。

在最後入選的5家團隊中,如Qcare團隊所提出的「Qbusstation」,針對巴士使用率改善偏鄉交通,透過按鈕能改善過去鄉下偏遠地區的交通效率,甚至可套用到觀光區應用,以及未來大數據應用,可說是已經具備商業化應用最佳雛形。「小蜜蜂」則是以直覺的公共設施如公廁的清潔維護提醒為應用。以上兩隊是公認本次最接近市場端的應用隊伍。

台灣優納比總經理邱賞恩強調,優納比過去在其他區域也舉辦類似的競賽活動,都遇到類似的情況,就是有些團隊技術強,但缺乏市場概念;有些創意好,但範圍過大,實踐度低,尤其物聯網應用產品相當多元,因此未來將透過主題設定,縮小範圍,把大家的研發能量聚焦單一項目,而這次以UnaBell主題的競賽就擁有很不錯成果。邱賞恩也提及,未來持續規劃不同Sigfox主題應用,尤其Sigfox擁有低耗電的優勢,使用電量可長達3年,很期待如何結合GPS應用會激盪出怎樣的火花,因此下一次相關活動主題有機會規劃類似的主題。

台灣優納比商業生態系統經理鄒宏平指出,優納比在去年啟動低功耗物聯網網路服務時,即承諾「優納比不是來台灣賺台灣市場的錢,而是帶著台灣的各個合作方走向全球」,而本次競賽就是兌現這個承諾的開始,決賽中看到許多成熟應用及技術都有邁向國際的潛力。由優納比在台自產自製的UnaBell按鈕,目前已經銷至國際20多國,其中不少海外客戶都在等待創新的服務應用,物聯網新星在進一步走向市場的過程中,也準備好要接軌Sigfox全球45個國家的市場挑戰。