Social Application of Cloud Service

The development of sustainable cities is one of the goals of the cities around the world. Through the Cloud technology, big data analysis, Internet of Things and other innovative technologies, these could enhance the quality of life of the citizens, drive business investment behavior, and promote the development of sustainable economy.

Over the years, ASUS has been promoted the digital education cloud, medical cloud and other cloud technologies with digital technology, and to establish the smart city which could enhance the quality of life of citizens through external collaboration.

Healthcare Cloud Application

Preventive and family medicine has begun gathering steam in recent years, and the general public now pays more attention to their physical health. For this reason, ASUSTeK and Show Chwan formed a cross-industry partnership to care about the general public through digital cloud technology and the concept of preventive healthcare was gradually made a part of everyday life.

The "Love - Health Cloud" alliance use regular meetings to bring together Show Chwan's professional doctors, many healthcare service providers in Taiwan as well as IT experts. With the strong support of the Executive Yuan, Health Department and Industrial Bureau, we create a health database based on PHR (Personal Health Record). These will be extended along the 3 kinds of cloud services that have the most effect on public health: Healthcare Cloud, Health Management Cloud, and Medical Research Cloud.

  • Personal Health Record
    PHR is the core of this program. We can create a database and link to other cloud services by using the personal electronic medical record, inspection record, fitness record, digitized medical image, record of drug usage and of biological monitoring.
  • Healthcare Cloud
    Users can authorize their physiological data from PHR uploaded to Healthcare Cloud. The professionals of care institutions can provide caring service and health education remotely. If there is any anomaly in their data, users will be alerted by the system and the remote care institutions.
  • Health Management Cloud
    ASUS provides everyone with 5GB of cloud storage. This allows the general public to upload their personal health information and view individual/family health records. The power of the family can therefore be used to promote self health management.
  • Medical Research Cloud
    Once user permission is given, the data in PHR can be used for medical research, and long-term physiological data from the general public can be used for research analysis and academic discussion in the future. The results could then apply to medical agencies.

Besides establishing the cloud healthcare platform, with the push of the government's health diplomacy policy, ASUS teamed up with Show Chwan and Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to revolutionize Palau's current healthcare service model by providing high quality, comprehensive, and cloud-based healthcare service. At the same time, we shared Taiwan's experience in healthcare industry development, trained local caregivers to promote local health, and introduced cloud computing technology to Palau to construct the personal health information platform for Palau, together integrating healthcare resources with the medical evacuation system, and set a new example for international healthcare cloud service.

Education Cloud

Besides Digital Inclusion Project, ASUS build an education resource platform and applications to provide comprehensive applications, including covering pre-class preparation, in-class learning, and after class review applications. We also integrate big data learning process analysis with the education marketplace and store all teaching activities in the learning record store for resource interchangeability and sharing. With cloud computing and big data analysis and processing technology, we scientifically present the learning divide of students for teachers, students, and the government to make real-time feedback instruction and remedial teaching and balance the urban-rural difference in educational resources, so as to achieve the ideal of adaptive learning and adaptive teaching.

Four major values of the education cloud:

  • Learning Management System
    With the characteristics of cloud service, we provide comprehensive learning applications for parents, teachers, and students of nationwide elementary to senior high schools based on the cloud service framework. Our service is also accessible from different platforms and with different devices for parents, teachers, and students to ubiquitously access all teaching and interactive data to enjoy comprehensive e-learning life on demand.
  • Learning Record Store
    The record of all teaching activities of teachers and students is stored in the learning record store. Based on the characteristics and ability of cloud computing, learning process data is analyzed with big data analysis technology and open source software. Based on different learning scenarios, learning differential analysis is conducted at different scales, such as individual students, individual schools, or individual regions (counties or cities), for parents, teachers, schools, local government, and education authorities to design different teaching activities and adaptive learning programs.
  • Education Marketplace
    By gathering the digital learning contents of private education institutions and the national education archive, the education cloud revitalizes the connection and seamless integration of education resources for parents, teachers, and students to possess diversified digital contents, extend readers and applications, and enjoy comprehensive, convenient digital learning life.
  • Application Programming Interface
    Overcoming the non-interchangeability of conventional learning systems, the learning pilot API and sample code can link up various teaching-related systems and applications and provide teachers and students interested in application development with a cloud application development platform to store teaching/learning applications and content on a standardized platform,,making more education analyses with referential value, and stimulate more innovative applications to enliven the education ecosphere.

Airbob Project

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report published in 2016, approximately 8.2 million deaths annually around the world related to air pollution, and unfortunately the numbers continued to increase. Meanwhile, air and environment quality issues are starting to receive public attentions and concerns. The general public demands information about the environment as a health reference for outdoor activities.

In 2016, with Taipei City government, Academia Sinica and a semiconductor partner, ASUS launched the first smart city air pollution monitoring program "Air Box" to enhance the quality of life of citizens as well as build a smart city.

Air Box can monitor environmental data such as temperature, humidity and the level of fine particle matter (PM 2.5) in the air. The project was planned to deploy 300 units of Air Box to some elementary schools and environment monitoring stations in Taipei City. Citizens could also apply to participate in the project and had the Air Box installed at outdoor balcony or window, keeping it plugged and connected to Wi-Fi. The data collected would be uploaded to ASUS' cloud platform. Citizens could access to and realize the surrounding environmental information via apps or website.

ASUS launched "Environment Data Visualization in Yunlin and Chiayi Project" through the governmental collaboration platform of Yunlin County, Chiayi County and Chiayi City, in which 200 units of Air Box were deployed to schools, public health centers or bazaars to monitor PM 2.5 level, humidity and temperature for better air pollution control. To build the foundation of the smart city in rural area with IoT, we expect to combine the environmental data through interdisciplinary integration to develop public health and healthcare, enhancing the comfort of our lives as smart living.

Air pollution is a major threat to humans. ASUS wishes to start from the needs of the citizens and further provide solutions through smart technology that could monitor the air quality, and the data could be used to develop public health, medical care, healthcare applications, and data analysis. The goal of these efforts is to raise public awareness about the surrounding environment thus safeguarding our own health. In the future, we plans to further apply the environment information stored on the cloud platform in added-value application, analysis and research, as well as to provide new app developers with API to help improve the quality of life.

Smart Medical Material Sharing Platform

Over the years, ASUS has been deepening its applications in various vertical fields. We cooperated with external parties to improve the quality of life of citizens and driven commercial investment through innovative technologies such as cloud, big data analysis, and the Internet of Things, building smart cities and driving sustainable economic development. Among them, the application of cloud computing to medical care is one of ASUS' innovation key points.

With the continuous demographic growth towards an ageing population, the demand for medical care increases significantly, resulting in the exclusion of medical resources and the shortage of manpower. Therefore, the combination of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, electronic medical records management, hospital information systems, remote care, and even preventive medicine, assisted surgery/care robots, with the information and communication technologies, can improve medical efficiency and quality and decrease the cost.

In 2013, ASUS Cloud partnered with the Taipei City Government to launch five cloud service projects such as “Health Cloud” that enabled citizens to upload information such as home self-care and physical measurements. In 2016, we cooperated with the Health and Welfare Department to implement “Health Care Cloud” and piloted the field service in Chiayi City. We set up “Smart and Health Stations” in 24 community pharmacies in the city to provide blood pressure measuring to people and uploaded the data to the cloud in real time.

In 2017, ASUS teamed up with IBM to introduce the user interface of the cloud-based application. With the understanding and learning ability of cognitive computing technology, ASUS' home robot Zenbo was imported into hospital field applications. During the close beta testing, through robotic interviews and analysis of graphical data, Zenbo was able to assist diabetics in registering and inquire patients, disease tracking management, and provides personalized medical services. Meanwhile, it also accumulated knowledge of the diseases in the field. In the future, robots will not only be used for remote care, but also serve as virtual assistants for wards. They will assist patients in the introduction of environment, work on medical questionnaires, and provide education services, becoming communication bridges among patients, families, and medical personnel. "Not only welcoming guests, but also replacing human resources in medical services."

ASUS HealthCare

ASUS, China Peace Memorial Hospital of Kaohsiung Medical University, CruxHealthtecH, and Sun Yat-Sen University together combined medical care, academic research and technology industries to promote intelligent health management services. ASUS HealthCare aimed to provide protection for the family health. In the future, it would be able to plan intelligent health management solutions according to different person. With the smart wearable devices that connect to ASUS HealthCare, the health information such as blood pressure, blood glucose, and body temperature could be transmitted to the remote health care system through the cloud, and the Remote Health Care Center of Kaohsiung Medical University would provide smart health management services to the users.

Development of The Global Medical Service Networking and A Big Data Platform

In 2018, ASUS joined the Swiss medical data company, Clinerion, to develop the global medical service network system, PhenoFinder. ASUS also built a big data platform called OmniCare to help with medical measurement and tracking. ASUS uses these two platforms as the means to develop new forms of smart medical materials, AI robots, and precision medical solutions.

OmniCare - Building the IoT Medical Internet Ecosphere

OmniCare big data platform connects a variety of smart medical devices for measurement and tracking. It helps hospitals and healthcare centers master the physiological status of patients, strengthens telemedicine/care and health management services, and assists hospitals with developing precision medicine. If hospital systems are connected to OmniCare, the clinical demand information can be obtained using big data algorithm. Last year, ASUS partnered with 8 companies to integrate smart medical devices in the medical exhibition.

PhenoFinder - Decentralized Medical Data Platform for Clinical Trials

PhenoFinder is a global medical service network system developed by ASUS and Clinerion. With its unique global cloud infrastructure, PhenoFinder can solve multicountry clinical trial information integration problems and improve the efficiency of clinical trial implementation through the data integration platform. On the other hand, drug factories that develop new drugs can obtain statistical reports from the platform, which can effectively improve the effectiveness of clinical research, shorten the development time of new drugs, and ensure that drugs enter the market in time. At present, there is a medical center in Taiwan that has joined the PhenoFinder service network. Overall there are nearly 150 hospitals from eight countries around the world that have joined this platform.

ASUS collaborated with IBM Watson to launch AiNurse technology. This gave ASUS' first robot, Zenbo, basic medical monitoring function. The Zenbo robot’s medical care application program has been applied to at least five medical centers in Taiwan. This includes Mackay Hospital, Taipei Veterans Hospitals, Linkou Chang Gung, China Medical University Hospital, and Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Hospital.

At present, AiNurse is able to integrate electronic medical records. This assists medical staff in their work specialization. As well, all measured physiological information is synchronously integrated to the OmniCare data platform and the final solutions are offered through AiNurse. AiNurse makes remote hospital care more convenient and effective and gradually improves personalized care services. In the future, it will meet the needs of more medical care systems in terms of functions.

In addition to the original positioning of Zenbo - companionship, as the key to the internet of things (IoT), or a smart gateway, the most important role for Zenbo is to connect the IoT devices. Whether it is to integrate home appliances or facilities with institutional public spaces, Zenbo is able to perform various applications based on specific needs. For example, if a healthcare organization wants to provide healthcare education to residents, it can insert digital information related to health into Zenbo. The organization can also transmit relevant information through the robot during the activities. As a result of this characteristic, Zenbo has gradually been introduced into the medical and long-term healthcare field.

Participatory Urban Living for Sustainable Environments, PULSE

The PULSE project originated from the EU Horizon 2020. This plan seeks to develop a public hygiene policy based on big data. It was hosted by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain and connects 12 teams across different countries. The project proposes to combine urban environment, wearable devices, and lifestyle (which can act as data sources) to analyze and establish three models of disease risk, urban health level, and air pollution forecast. It transforms public hygiene from a reactive system to a predictive system of risk and elasticity. Active forecast system is generated to improve urban public health, thereby accelerating the realization of big data vision.

ASUS cloud has been part of the PULSE project since April 2018. With years of experience in the operation of smart healthcare, ASUS has brought more innovative applications and diversified smart medical devices to the project through the OmniCare Medical IoT Platform, AI virtual healthcare assistant, and medical data integration technology. Keelung, which acts as the pilot site in Taiwan, has been listed as a city test site together with Birmingham, New York, Singapore, Barcelona, Paris, and Pavia. A series of pilot services and collaborations have been conducted. These include a study on the relationship between air pollution and asthmatic respiratory diseases as well as a study on the relationship between lack of exercise and Type 2 diabetes.

As a result of the changes in society and lifestyle, the ageing of population is becoming a trend. Therefore, using innovative technologies can not only change the traditional medical care model and improve efficiency and quality, it can also combine the information technology industry to explore market and business opportunities. This will help contribute to human society in the sustainable blueprint of the global SDGs planning.

Asus Cloud Partnered with Changhua and Nantou to Build the First Special Education Cloud in Taiwan

Integrate personalized and adaptable learning platform, digital education materials and distance consultation to deepen the application of smart education

In recent years, the popularization of information and communication technologies has made domestic and international education institutions and government agencies list IT as an important direction in developing education applications. Digital learning brings the traditional education model to a new level. In a rapidly changing society, education reaches to a situation that it is highly exible and assessable at anytime and anywhere, thus promoting the improvement in education.

However, in the increasingly popular online education, the resources for special education are relatively insufficient. In view of this, ASUS Cloud teamed up with Changhua County and Nantou County to jointly create "Changhua Nantou Special Education Cloud". The main purpose was to build a learning environment by using various types of information and digital technologies that developed platforms, such as special education adaptability learning platform, education application platform, 4G mobile classroom. Teachers could use these platforms to provide special educations, communicate with the parents, and adaptability, along with the teaching materials for special education. This would create an innovative special education cloud-based learning channel to enhance the interactive relationship and learning motivation among the parents, teachers and students.

The special education cloud in Changhua Nantou connected the municipal government education offices, schools, teachers and students, and parents. It also integrated consulting professions to provide the contact, remote consulting, adaptability, and classroom cloud with virtual education and visual graphic charts. Among these functions, the adaptability was jointly developed by ASUS Cloud and National Taichung University of Education. Teachers could grasp the reading comprehension ability of students, evaluate individual learning situations, and use other functions to further tailor the appropriate teaching programs.

More than a thousand teachers and students of special education will gain benefits from the project, and teachers for special education have more abundant digital learning resources.