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Taiwan and France Sign Deal to Cooperate in Cross-Disciplinary Innovation

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Taiwan and France Sign Deal to Cooperate in Cross-Disciplinary Innovation

ITRI and Dassault Systemes signed an MOU to cooperate in cross-disciplinary innovation on June 21, 2017.
ITRI and Dassault Systemes signed an MOU to cooperate in cross-disciplinary innovation on June 21, 2017.


Responding to the government's 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan that in part seeks to forge closer links with the rest of the world, ITRI and French software company Dassault Systemes on June 21 signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation at Dassault's Paris headquarters. ITRI Executive Vice President Dr. Chang Pei-Zen and Dassault Senior Executive Vice President Bertrand Sicot signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations. The ceremony was witnessed by Chia-Hsiang Chang, Advisor at the Department of Industry Technology under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Under the agreement, the two sides in the future will engage in cooperation focusing on IoT and future factories, with specific areas including additive manufacturing- and smart cities-related technology.

"We hope that we are able to take advantage of ITRI's R&D capabilities in IoT and smart manufacturing technology in conjunction with Dassault's abundant experience in 3D simulation and model software to create mutually beneficial cooperative relations and together foster business opportunities in emerging industries," ITRI's Dr. Chang said. Dassault, which brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries, is a world leader in developing software for 3D experience products. Meanwhile, at this crucial juncture in industrial upgrading and transition in Taiwan, ITRI serves as an important engine for innovation and helps to forge cooperation between enterprises and the industrial, academic and research communities. This drives the development of emerging industries and ecosystems, while at the same time hastening Taiwan's entrance into international markets, he stated.

Early in 2017, the Intelligent Community Forum announced the world's Top 7 Intelligent Communities, with Taiwan home to two of them (Chiayi City and Taoyuan). This highlights the international recognition for Taiwan's prowess in the development of smart cities. Consequently, Dr. Chang is confident that this MOU between ITRI and Dassault not only marks a milestone in cooperation in innovation between Taiwan and France, but also will create opportunities for hardware and software integration.

Mr. Sicot emphasized that Dassault has been a pioneer in 3D software since it was founded in 1981, and all of the world's aircraft manufacturers utilize its solutions, while over 90% of the globe's major automobile makers also are its clients. Dassault strives to develop solutions that can assist its range of clients in improving product design. Mr. Sicot hopes this cooperation will tap into ITRI's expertise in state-of-the-art innovation-oriented R&D, enabling the two sides to jointly develop high added-value technologies, products, and services.