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Taiwan’s NCKU signs deal with tech startups to digitize campus

University to introduce e-signature, paperless documentation, and facial recognition body temperature reading systems

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Kdan Mobile founder Su Po-chou, NCKU President Su Huey-jen, and Kneron founder Albert Liu pose for a photo. (NCKU photo)

Kdan Mobile founder Su Po-chou, NCKU President Su Huey-jen, and Kneron founder Albert Liu pose for a photo. (NCKU photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) signed deals with tech companies Kdan Mobile and Kneron at a ceremony on Tuesday (Oct. 26) to implement digital services, including an e-signature system, PDF reader, and facial recognition body temperature reading technology.

According to NCKU’s press release, as part of the school’s transition into a smart and sustainable campus, it plans to adopt Kdan Mobile’s DottedSign e-signature service to streamline paperwork approval processes, while its PDF reader will aid the integration of the university's information and digital filing systems.

Kneron, which centers its products on artificial intelligence chips, edge computing, and graphic algorithms, will provide an AI-supported “smart facial recognition body temperature reading system” to ensure a safer and more convenient campus.

The deal-signing ceremony saw Kneron’s smart facial recognition body temperature reading system being used as representatives entered the venue as well as Kdan Mobile’s DottedSign for official signatures, NCKU wrote. Through applying the services in new platforms and environments, NCKU, Kdan Mobile, and Kneron hope to jointly study and develop technology in a practical context.

Taiwan’s NCKU signs deal with tech startups to digitize campus
NCKU signs deal with Kdan Mobile and Kneron using Kdan Mobile's e-signature service "DottedSign." (NCKU photo)

Kdan Mobile is a software as a service provider founded in 2009 whose cloud-based productivity programs have accumulated over 200 million downloads worldwide. Business Next reported that the startup began developing mobile apps shortly after Apple established its App Store and later consolidated its services and products, transitioning to a subscription-based business model and expanding to offer business-to-business services.

In 2020, U.S.-based Kneron was selected by American market research company CB Insights as one of the world’s top 100 startups with a focus on AI. Nikkei Asia called the company “Taiwan’s most valuable AI chip startup” in an interview with its founder, who had convinced a friend to quit his high-paying job at Samsung while working for Qualcomm in San Diego to realize their plans for entrepreneurship.

Taiwan’s NCKU signs deal with tech startups to digitize campus
Kdan Mobile founder Su Po-chou. (NCKU photo)

Taiwan’s NCKU signs deal with tech startups to digitize campus
Kneron founder Albert Liu. (NCKU photo)


Updated : 2022-01-27 13:13 GMT+08:00

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