Taiwan showcases electro-optical tech at US exhibition

The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology participated for the first time in the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo 2017 April 9-13 in Anaheim, California, showcasing a variety of domestically developed electro-optical technologies.

The NCSIST is the primary research and development organization of the Ministry of National Defense. At the exhibit, the institute displayed 14 electro-optical products, which are designed to perform a range of tasks through the generation, detection and manipulation of light.

According to the NCSIST, it is working to increase its competitiveness and expand its international presence by participating in such events where it can display its products, acquire the latest information and technologies as well as engage in exchanges with experts from all over the world.

Domestically developed technologies on show included a multifunctional observation system, laser warning system and unmanned aerial vehicle defense system. According to the NCSIST, the observation system is designed to perform enemy observation and target positioning for artillery and mortar units.

The laser warning system, installed in armored vehicles and on warships, can detect and analyze a variety of laser emissions, the institute stated. The UAV defense system utilizes technologies such as spectrum monitoring and management, radar detection and UAV deterrents, all of which could be used in areas such as airport and border security.

The SPIE, or Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, is a nonprofit society founded in 1955. It hosts the SPIE DCS event annually to showcase advances in sensing, imaging and photonics technologies for defense, security, health care and environmental applications. This year's event included 380 exhibitors from over 20 countries and more than 5,000 participants, the NCSIST said.

The institute's technologies are developed in line with the government's five major industrial development objectives, which include bolstering the domestic defense industry and are designed to harness the nation's creativity to transform Taiwan into an innovation-based economy. The other four industries are biotech and pharmaceuticals, smart machinery, sustainable energy as well as the Internet of Things and other smart technologies.

Source: Taiwan Today