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Chinese Software – The New Danger?

self-service kiosk opinion For the longest time American industry has had a very contradictory relationship with Asia.

Back in the late 70s, we had our own experience with semiconductors (RAM) and Japan and American manufacturers. Needing to collect more seismic data do we purchase 100 devices from a US company or do we purchase 1000 devices from Japan?  The outcome was not good for the US semiconductor industry.

In the kiosk industry past it was common at shows to have the Chinese with high-resolution cameras take photos of kiosk units designed by US manufacturers.  These photos were later transformed into CAD files and then subsequently offered on Chinese sites, sometimes at 25% the cost.  They would break down more often but then you could buy 2 spares at the same cost.

The software application side of things though was and is non-China-provisioned. That has changed.

Currently, there is a “hot market” for temperature screening kiosks.  Devices from Belgium and Germany are predominantly used as the temperature sensors and they are integrated into tablets typically running Android on a Rockchip.

The claim is they include AI module and facial recognition along with the temperature measurement.  All the sweet spots.

Problem is now that this software is Chinese in origin.  Its not just hardware anymore.  That brings into play regulations such as HIPAA as well as Federal laws regarding technology (blacklists). Deployments by marquee companies such as Amazon are common, and have included blacklisted technology.

In the temperature kiosk market, we see literally thousands of Chinese units being deployed at schools, state agencies, and federal agencies which employ Chinese software.  Software that uses algorithms of blacklisted companies with data that passes thru their servers.

TikTok is an entertainment platform and it has been deemed sufficient national interest to require changes.

Given these “surveillance” platforms for scanning the general population, is it reasonable to suggest they might require changes?

Maybe injecting Chinese software into Smart City technology gets peoples attention. Not sure.

Tablets in general — It can be argued that the closest thing to a U.S. made tablet is an iPad.  There are zero Android/Rockchip hardware options in the U.S. and the origin of hardware is now giving Asia and edge in software.   It used to be a Dell or HP pc.

Additional Context from legal authority for consideration

Brian Weinthal
Brian Weinthal
Partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

For reference HIPAA, the federal statute only covers those who are deemed to be health care providers under its terms.

Sharing or improperly releasing medical information, or taking biometrics without consent are both potential violations of the law, and could be actionable.



Diebold Venture With Inspur Provides ATMs & Kiosks To China

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Diebold Forms New Joint Venture With Inspur, One Of China’s Leading IT Companies, To Provide ATMs And…


NORTH CANTON, OhioDec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) today announced it is forming a new joint venture with a subsidiary of the Inspur Group, a Chinese cloud computing and data center company, to develop, manufacture and distribute financial self-service solutions in China.  Inspur will hold a majority stake of 51 percent in the new joint venture, which will be named Inspur Financial Information Systems, Ltd.  The joint venture will offer a complete range of self-service terminals within the Chinese market, including automated teller machines (ATMs). Also, Diebold will serve as the exclusive distributor outside of China for all products developed by the new joint venture, which will be sold under the Diebold brand. 

In addition, to support Diebold’s services-led approach to the market, Inspur will acquire a minority share of Diebold’s current China joint venture.  Moving forward, this business will be focused on providing a whole suite of services including installation, maintenance, professional and managed services related to ATMs and other automated transaction solutions. 

Inspur Group is an $8 billion Chinese multinational information technology provider headquartered in JinanShandong,China, with more than 70 years in business.  The company specializes in IT hardware and software, and is a leading self-service kiosk manufacturer for major financial institutions in China.  Inspur’s clients and business partners also include LG, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, VMware and Micron.

“Partnering with Inspur enhances our competitive position and deepens the relationship with our customers in China,” saidAndy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer.  “Inspur’s strong reputation as a leading China IT company with a global footprint allows our new joint venture to bring more innovative solutions to China’s financial institutions and strengthens Diebold’s go-to-market strategy in this important market.  We look forward to re-igniting growth in China and are excited to work with Inspur to sell a complete suite of self-service products and related services.” 

“We are very happy to enter into this venture with Diebold, a well-respected global leader in financial self-service solutions, to continue growing our own presence in this market in China,” said SUN Pishu, president and CEO of Inspur Group.  “Inspur is one of the fastest-growing self-service technology providers in China.  Combining both company’s technology, sales expertise and existing presence in China will be of great value, both to our clients and our respective businesses.” 

Upon closing the agreement, Diebold will appoint a chairman of the new joint venture, while Inspur will appoint a chief executive officer for the business to lead day-to-day operations. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in mid-2016, pending regulatory and other approvals, with plans to begin manufacturing and distribution activity immediately after regulatory approvals. 

China Kiosk Show

SHANGHAI, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The 12th China International Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show, held concurrently with iFair 2015, ran from September 16-18, and drew over 22,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors. The show was organized by Shanghai

UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd and the Shanghai Multi-media Industry Association, co-organized by Shanghai Tiansheng Exhibition Service Co., Ltd, and supported by the Shanghai Communication & Broadcasting Industry Association, Beijing All-view Technology Co., Ltd and the Shanghai Internet of Things Industry Association.

iFair is a comprehensive show that included the following shows:

  • The 12th China International Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show;
  • Shanghai International Digital Signage, Audio Visual Integration and Equipment Show;
  • Intelligent Education & Online Class Show

Covering an area of 20,000 square meters, the iFair Show attracted more than 250 exhibitors and over 22,000 visitors. The conferences and trade exhibits with the latest trends and technologies, top-notcheducational programs and multiple interactive activities provided an extraordinary experience for all attendees.

The show attracted 22,077 visitors from 77 different countries and regions, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Singapore, the USA, the Philippines, Australia, Russia, UAE,Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Egypt, Canada, Israel, Italy, Spain, Germany,Belgium and Poland.

Among the attendees, 19,869 were from China and 2,208 from abroad. The number of visitors had increased by 91%, hitting a historical high together with the number of countries. This was the first session of the iFair Show organized by Shanghai UBM after acquisition. The success of iFair 2015 was also a demonstration of Shanghai UBM’s strong soft power, which includes professionalism, diverse experience and high-quality service.

Download the China-iFair-Post Show Report for the trade show including vendors and demographics. 250 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees.

Of all overseas visitors, 52.6% were from Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), 17.8% were from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, 14.3% were from Europe, 5.4% were from North America, 3.5% were from South America, 3.3% were from Africa, and 3% were from Oceania. The top 20 countries and regions were Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Singapore, the USA, the Philippines, Australia, the UAE, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Egypt andPakistan.

Nearly a hundred industrial leaders participated in the forums and summits held together with the show. These educational programs focused on the current hot issues of the respective industries and attracted more than 1,000 attendees.

2015 Worldwide Self-service Terminals Conference

During the Awards Ceremony, nine prizes were presented, including prizes for the Most Innovative Vending Machines, the Top Ten Professional Managers, Personalities of 2014 in the Chinese Vending Industry, and Lifetime Contribution Award in the Chinese Vending Industry.

Mr. Jeff Parks, the representative of NAMA, delivered a speech on the challenges and opportunities faced by the American vending and OCS industries.

Mr. Kiyoaki Takeda, the chairman of the Japanese Vending Machine Manufacturers Association, also shared his rich experience in the vending industry. The topic of his speech was, “The Current Situation of the Japanese Vending Industry and the Prospects of the Chinese Vending Industry.” The second round of the Sino-Japan exchange meeting in the vending industry was also warmly welcomed as experts fromChina and Japan explored the current hot issues and prospects of this industry together with their audiences.

Mr. Guo, Marketing Director of Sudiyi, talked on the topic of “How does Sudiyi promote the development of the Intelligent Cabinet Industry?”

Public Training, presented by the China Vending College, was still as popular as during the last several years.

2015 China Digital Signage Conference

Digital Signage can be used widely in many industries, including Display, Retail, Advertisement, Software, etc. The Digital Signage Conference gathered numerous well-known experts from Intel, Philips, 56iq, All View & Bus Online, etc. to explore the multiple development and revolution of the digital signage industry together. The conference not only promoted the communication of professionals, but also laid out the prospects of the industry.

2015 China Intelligence Industry and IOT Forum

Supported by the Shanghai IOT Chamber of Commerce, this forum focused on intelligent products and innovative services. Brilliant speeches were given by the executive chairmen of the Shanghai IOT Chamber of Commerce, the Intelligent Health Branch and the Intelligent Logistic Branch. The chairmen promoted the communication of elites in IOT enterprises and inspired the attendees with their unique and professional insights.

2015 China Online Education Forum

The 2015 China Online Education Forum was one of the most influential forums in East China. More than 20 famous speakers from online education and related industries came to deliver their speeches on four fields: Technical Support for online education, Digitalization of K-12 Online Education and Education, Operation of Online Educational Platform and The Current Situation and Prospects of Online Education. The forum focused on the healthy and sustainable development of the online education industry. Within two days, nearly 1,000 visitors had attended and shared their valuable experiences and viewpoints together with the industrial leaders.

The Stunning Debut of “Smart Day”

“Smart Day” was an interactive exhibition presenting life in the future as influenced by the newest technologies. The exhibition area was made up of five sections, which were the Smart Shopping Mall, Smart Hotel, Smart Restaurant, Smart Classroom and Smart Waiting Room, and decorated with displays of the latest technologies and innovative solutions. Thanks to the sponsorship of Super Brand Mall, LeTV, Huangtaiji, Richintech and Seeyoo, numerous visitors came to experience various high-tech products and solutions, such as digital windows, transparent LED walls, outdoor 3D projection, digital posters and self-service ordering machines. These products were expected to affect daily life in the future and left all the participants with a deep impression.

iFair+ Idea Mart

iFair+ Idea Mart is an incubation platform jointly built by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo, InnoSource and IC Coffee for entrepreneurs from the intelligent hardware industry. Over 100 venture capitalists visited on site. Idea Mart provides an excellent networking platform for small to medium-sized entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations and ideas, and help venture capitalists to find projects really worth investing in.

See you in 2016

In order to meet the needs of visitors from different regions and different levels, iFair 2016 will be held in both Shanghai and Shenzhen.

  • iFair Shanghai 2016

Date: Mar. 9-11
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)

  • iFair Shenzhen 2016

Date: Oct. 12-14
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre (SZCEC)

With a new appearance and rich experience, we are looking forward to seeing you at iFair 2016!

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Profile of Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd is a professional O2O event company that operates trade shows/events/online B2B platforms formed from a joint venture between Shanghai Sinoexpo International Exhibition Ltd and UBM Asia Ltd, a division of UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange.

With over 20 years of professional experience, Shanghai UBM organizes 62 international trade shows covering an exhibition area of 900,000 square meters. Shanghai UBM also boasts eight online B2B platforms and four industrial publications. We provide one-stop solutions for eight main market sectors, namely Furniture (Furniture/Manufacturing & Supply), Hospitality (Hotel, Shop, Hotel Furniture, Food & Beverages), Design & Deco (Construction materials, toilet facilities, design & decoration), Ingredients (Pharmaceutical, Food, Machinery, Nutraceutical, Starch), iFair (digital signage, self-service terminals, intelligent education) and lighting. Our platform attracts more than 350,000 professional buyers from around the globe. Headquartered in Shanghai, UBM Sinoexpo operates three regional offices in Beijing,Guangzhou and Zhongshan in China with a total headcount of more than 350.

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Ms. Kim Chen
Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd
Tel: +86-21-3339 2569
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