SEMI hosted a forum on trends in smart manufacturing and information security on April 11. NCHC was invited to lecture on the importance of AI applications in smart manufacturing and information security. Also invited as industry representatives were Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited and Nantong Fujitsu Microele who explored the effects of trends in smart manufacturing and information security on high-tech manufacturing. Representatives from the ABB Group, ADLink Technology Inc., Microsoft, and Rockwell also presented roles played by companies up and down the industrial value chain. The group delved into how links along the chain should be integrated to reap the maximum benefit.
At the beginning of the forum, Liao Shu-huang, director of information and communications security at the National Security Council, presented the national strategy of “information security is national security.” He emphasized the importance of information security; he explained that the nation's resources are focused first on high-tech and financial industries. He urged the information security standards in the public and private sectors to join forces to safeguard Taiwan's economy and development.
NCHC Deputy Director General- Hsi Ching Lin mentioned the transformation and research results in recent years. IoT and artificial intelligence have prospered and widely been used. Using such techniques as marginal computing, data analytics, and machine learning to improve efficiency at production sites, reduce defects, and save operating costs for businesses has become the mainstream trend in smart manufacturing.
Lin also announced that TWCC (Taiwan Computing Cloud), an AI cloud platform that NCHC has built, would launch in the second half of the year to serve businesses. This service integrates Big Data, AI, and HPC (high-performance computing) into a composite computing platform that is efficient and easy to operate. It strives to help businesses upgrade their smart manufacturing and make a smart factory with an omnipresent IoT. Furthermore, NCHC has developed a grade A information security system by national standards. It has a firewall to protect information, and it possesses a technology and knowledge base that capture malware. The 1.35 million malware program samples in the system can help businesses plan their information security. NCHC also exports its technological know-how. It has collaborated with international businesses to protect information security for businesses.
Industrial upgrades, the introduction of smart factories and their accompanying smart manufacturing processes, real-time data collection and feeding, information and communications service platforms, and new system equipment and sub-systems that are contracted out--all this presents risks for information security. This is an important topic of discussion that cannot be ignored or taken lightly by high tech industries that are developing smart manufacturing capabilities.