Taiwan, Canada sign deal on communications tech


TORONTO — Taiwan and Canada signed a communications technology cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Ottawa on Monday to pave the way for the joint development of a wireless sensor network.

The MOU was signed by Communications Research Centre (CRIC) of Canada President Veena Rawat, Taiwan’s representative in Canada David Lee, National Science Council Minister Lee Lou-chuang, and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).

National Science Council chief Lee said his agency and the CRIC have had a long-term partnership and had cooperated successfully on a number of projects in the past.

The two institutions previously completed projects to develop monolithic microwave integrated circuits and satellite antenna systems, and they are now working on wireless sensors for biomedical and environmental applications, Lee Lou-chuang said.

Taiwan and the Canadian research center will also focus on new generation cognitive radio technology, which could have a number of applications, including in high definition and 3D television and even biomedicine, Lee said.

The communications industry is one of Taiwan’s most important economic sectors, with an output value of NT$1 trillion (US$33.2 billion) in 2009, said David Lee.

The industry’s shipments could rise by 30 percent in 2010, Lee added, citing a forecast by the Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute, a leading ICT industry research organization.