Today, China’s largest software and services company TAIWAN software is moving ahead with the commercialization of its latest industrial ventilation software product, a device that uses sensors and a lidar system to help detect and reduce airborne particulates.
The company has now entered a bidding war with Microsoft Corp., which wants to offer the software for free, a bid that could significantly raise the price tag.
The new system is being developed by TAIwAN’s Advanced Materials division, which also manufactures the software used by Apple Inc. in its iOS and Android mobile operating systems.
The software, which is now being used by a small number of firms, uses software from a Chinese company called the Advanced Industrial Ventilators and Controls Group (AIVCG).
The company’s founder, Zhang Jia, said the company’s new ventilation product is expected to reduce the number of air pollution deaths by half in a year, compared with the original plan to build an entire industry around it.
AIVCGB, which Zhang and other AIVG executives refer to as the “air-based” ventilation technology, was founded in 2000 and was spun out of TAIHAN in 2011, according to Zhang, who also holds a post at the company.
In the new company, TAIWAAN, Zhang said, is focused on developing the technology into an industrial application and will soon be introducing a consumer version of the software.
A video showing the system’s performance in action.
“It will be very important for us to get a high performance product that will be widely used,” Zhang said.
TAIWEAN said in a statement on Tuesday that it is “looking forward to collaborating with Microsoft to commercialize our technology and offer it for free for our customers.”
It said the AIVCG is an “experimental” company and is “working on an application that will help the manufacturing and logistics sector” in China.
A IVCG spokesperson declined to comment further on the new product.
The technology that TAI WEAN is developing could have significant impact on the global industry in the future, according the World Health Organization.
The air-based ventilation system, developed by AIVCB, is designed to detect airborne particles at low concentrations and then send out a sensor that can measure the air quality over a wide area, such as the surrounding area.
The system’s sensors can detect pollution from multiple sources, such a diesel exhaust or factory exhaust, and then report on that data to the factory’s management.
The factory will then decide whether to move ahead with its pollution reduction efforts.
The latest announcement from TAIwean follows a $1.8 billion settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 200 California residents and businesses in 2015, which accused the company of failing to act quickly enough to address the problem of air-borne particulates and other air pollutants.
In May, a jury awarded the victims $1 billion in damages, but that settlement was overturned in 2018.
Taiwan, a Chinese technology hub, has a population of about 10 million people, and the city’s population is expected rise to about 100 million by 2060.
The city has been grappling with air pollution in recent years, particularly from diesel-powered vehicles.
The Chinese government has been cracking down on air pollution since 2011, and Beijing has launched air quality monitoring campaigns to warn of dangerous pollutants such as PM2.5 particles and PM10.
A total of 6.9 million people have died of respiratory problems linked to air pollution over the past year in China, according an annual study by the World Meteorological Organization.
Tuiwen Technologies, the company that developed the air-and-solar technology, has been working with the Chinese government since 2011 to improve the citys air quality, said Zhang, the CEO of the company, who is also a member of Tuiwan’s board.
Zhang said the new system will provide TAIwaan with an alternative to diesel vehicles that emit toxic air pollutants, which the government has previously banned in China and has called a “national security threat.”
“We are excited to be able to deliver this innovative technology for free to the Chinese people,” Zhang added.