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2015-06-01Frontline
   2015-05-29 18:36:40    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Bao Congying

 

Hello and welcome to frontline, keeping a tab on China's hottest high tech developments. I am Sam Duckett in Beijing. Coming up on today's show,

Our reporter Zhou Jingnan will also be taking an in-depth look at at how smart shoes are fighting infections in hospitals. Luo Laiming will be joining me for the wild web, and today we will be talking about Alibaba's fight against fake products.

Now to kick off today's show,

The Audi division of German car marker Volkswagen is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Baidu to improve connected-car services in China to meet the growing domestic demand.

The companies will look to develop map navigation, positioning algorithms and points of interest. Chinese companies have been quick to partner with automakers in response to the advancement google and Apple have made in the auto industry. The partnership between the two companies was signed at the recent international electronics consumer show in Shanghai.

This team-up will allow technology to transform the driving China into a much more convenient smooth running experience of Chinese motorists.

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Carmaker Dalmer have also announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qaulcomm. The companies are looking at wireless mobile phone charging in cars and recharging electric cars without cables.

Dalmer, a parent company of Mercedes Benz, are looking to improve the luxury driving experience by allowing giving user the option to wirelessly charge their phone when driving and improve their in car experience with better 3g/4g wireless technology. The company would also like to release the worlds first electric plugin hybrid, that doesn't need to be plugged in.

For smartphone users, who are on their phones all day, quickly depleting their battery life, wireless charging for phones would be very useful. Depending on the efficiency of wireless charging for Hybrid cars, this may be a major step forward for electric car enthusiasts.

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China's microblog company, often referred to China's twitter, is looking to invest 142 million USD in taxi-hailing apps.

Weibo will look to challenge Didi Kuaidi, a partnership formed in February of didi taxi and kuaidi taxi, Chinese two largest Taxi apps. Didi Kuaidi operates in 360 cities in China, and has 1.35 million Drivers. It's premium car service operates in 61 cities with 400,000 drivers. Sina weibo while not as popular as it was a few years back currently has 200 million monthly active users.

While it has not yet been stated when Sina Weibo will launch their taxi app it does mean Chinese citizens will have another option for digitally hailing taxi's, should they feel they need one.

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Disney has announced that their digital system that allows them to make online purchases and bypass lines at their parks will now expand from just being available at their Florida resort.

Disney aims to use a combination personalized wristband and a smartphone app to allow users to access their hotel room, pay for food and merchandise and book dinner reservations and park rides. The mymagic+ program has cost Disney 6 billion dollars, however since its implementation in Florida the company has reported a massive rise in profits.

Global fans of the Disney park resorts may soon have a chance to have much more personalized, convenient, enjoyable experience. And it was all made possible with just a wristband and smartphone app.

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Chinese tech company Oppo released their latest smartphone models, the R7 and the slightly larger R7 Plus in May. The phones have been priced at 2499 and 2999 RMB respectively. How much of an impact will these devices have on the Chinese domestic market? Sam Duckett has the answers.

The latest 5 inch R7 and 6 inch R7 Plus smartphones from Oppo have made several improvements from the R5 model released a year ago. The initial R5 model was extraordinary thin, but this came at the cost of poor battery performance and lack of an headphone jack and external storage.

Pan Weizhe is the editor and leading smartphone reviewer for tech media outlet, PC Home. He got a hands on look at the phone upon it's release.

"This new Oppo R7 has gotten a lot of public attention and praise since its release because it's the best of all Oppo products since the company was founded 10 years ago. It has got several features. Firstly, it's got an integrated all-metal body. Users feel comfortable holding it. (Secondly,) it's only 6.3mm thick, and it's light. (Thirdly,)It's got a 2.5D cambered screen. So it looks great and feels great. "

The R7 however does not want to make the same compromises as it's predecessor Pan Weizhe explains what the utility this super slender phone offers.

"This phone can support dual SIM, dual standby and dual 4G-internet. It's also available for 128GB memory expansion. With all these factors, Oppo R7 is a very competitive at the price of 2500 yuan. It looks really smart, and it has such functions as flash charge and HD image."

With the R7, the company has managed to add in both a head-jack and external storage, plus a couple of other tweaks that make their new phone a strong competitor in the smartphone market. The phone has a better front-facing camera.

Much like it's predecessor the R7 makes use of VOOC charging technology. The R7 can charge around 75% of its battery in just 30 minutes. The R5 was heavily criticized for having a to puny a battery, and while it is not perfect, the battery performance on the R7 is considerably better.

Pan Weizhe commented on the phones charging capability.

"It uses VOOC flash charge technology, one of Oppo's patent. 5-minute charge with the original charger can sustain 2 hours of phone talk. It's charges really fast."

To a certain extent feel like Oppo is taking a page from apple's book, releasing a "plus" version of the phone and making use of fingerprint technology. They are now the first company on the smartphone market to make use of a rear fingerprint sensor.

The major difference aside from the operating system between these two phones is the price. The Oppo may not quite boost the same specs as the Iphone, but it is considerably cheaper.

The R7 actually makes the company's previous smartphone look like an unfinished product that simply hit the market too early. Last year the company tried to peddle at smartphone with poor battery performance and a lack of basic peripherals. Now Oppo has released two complete products we will have to wait and see how much of a dent they are able to make in the competitive Chinese smartphone market.

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Welcome back to frontline, fresh insight at tech the tech in your world.

Medics in France are hoping to win the battle against hospital infections by using a tracking system to monitor how often doctors and nurses are washing their hands. An individual device inserted into their shoes is linked up to a hand washing dispenser, which registers when the person disinfects their hands. Here's Zhou Jingnan with the details.

Like in every hospital in France, all the staff in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases of North Hospital in Marseille must follow a simple rule before touching a patient: disinfecting their hands with a hydro-alcoholic solution.

But sometimes people forget, meaning that rule is often broken. So in this department, compliance with hand sanitizing is tracked by an automated system.

Called MediHandTrace, it was developed by two French companies Micro BE and Ephygie-Hand.
It works using a radiofrequency identification / location-based device coupled with an alcohol dispenser sensor.

The system tracks each staff member using a chip inserted into their shoe. It then records when, where and how many times they use the hand sanitizer dispenser.

Professor Philippe Brouqui, head of the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, has been testing the system since 2013.

His aim is to find out and improve the level of hand disinfecting compliance among his staff and check whether protocols recommended by the World Health Organization are being followed.

"So here, I'm standing on the location of the antenna that you cannot see because it's inserted in the ground, and that allows to detect my shoes where there is a chip that is of course carrying my name, because these are my shoes, so the system knows that I'm on this antenna, I'm going to take here the hyrdo-alcoholic solution, it sends an impulse to the same system so we know that I took some alcohol."

Inside a room with a patient, Professor Brouqui is using another dispenser that is linked to the MediHandTrace system.

"Here, there is a second machine, because if we want to respect the five moments of the WHO we have to disinfect our hands before touching the patient, meaning before entering this area here marked by this second pad, which is in fact the "security area", which allows, to say 'when I walk on this pad, I must have clean hands'."

According to the French Ministry of Health, the transmission of infection inside hospitals, also called "nosocomial infections" or "healthcare associated infections" affect more than 800,000 people every year in France.

And the lack of rigor in the application of hand hygiene protocols along with care pathway protocols leads to more than 10,000 deaths each year in France.

Believing that hydro-alcoholic solution, or HAS, remains the best defense against nosocomial infections, founder of MediHandTrace, Bernard Delord, created a system to measure compliance of hand sanitizing practices and allow hand hygiene traceability within hospitals.

"As a patient, I noticed on multiple occasions that healthcare workers were almost never disinfecting their hands. The occurrence of disinfecting hands was once every 10 times, once every five times at best, and there was a huge risk of infection when the patient had an open wound."

The MediHandTrace provides real time data by recognizing the caregiver, thanks to a chip introduced in his or her shoe which records hand washing.

The chip registers disinfection occurrences per hospital function, per patient room, per department, and provides real time HAS consumption, as well as conformity levels.

It also contains many functions like specific alerts in case of non-conformity, and the recording of staff flow.

According to Professor Brouqui, the use of this system has created a very positive sense of competition among the team, and is enabling the development of targeted actions to improve compliance rates, such as text messages sent to volunteer caregivers so that they can check their compliance rates.

"We have set up a system of SMS that is sent to volunteer members of staff, and so there is an SMS sent every 15 days to two different groups in terms of shifts, that is giving us our level of hand washing, not the exact level, but whether we have improved, if we haven't improved, or on the contrary if we've done worse."

When the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases first tested the system in 2013, the level of compliance was around 20%, now it fluctuates between 40% and 60%.

"The grade we'd like is maybe 80, but we've gone from 20 to almost 50, which is quite important."

Brouqui says the data collected will provide caregivers with a better understanding of the problem of nosocomial infections and allow hospitals to improve their compliance rates.

Data shows a clear improvement in time of individual and collective practices, and as the head of the Department, Brouqui is now thinking of setting up an alarm system linked to MediHandTrace, that would go off by the patient's bed if the caregiver forgets to use HAS.

The system was designed by Micro Be, a company specialised in electronics and computer engineering, based in La Garde, southern France.

Director, Serge Ternoir explains how they worked on various chip and shoe prototypes before designing the current prototype:

"At the beginning we had the chip directly hidden inside the shoe by a company. In fact they would take the chip, put it inside their mold for the shoe and manufacture it. The complexity of this is that you have to adapt the sizes of the shoes to the staff etc, so it's a bit complicated. So today what we do, is that we cut the shoe a little, we introduce the chip in the shoe and we reseal it with a glue that is resistant to the washing of the shoes. Why the shoes? Because it is the only object that belongs individually to the medical staff."

Dedicated electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems, real-time locating systems and video monitoring of hand hygiene are currently being tested in hospitals and some seem promising. However, most devices are unable to distinguish among the staff and visitors who enter or exit the room of the patient.

With a chip placed inside the health worker's shoe, the problem is solved.

Nurse Lugdivine Gancia says the Medi-Hand-Trace system works as a vital reminder for caregivers.

"Yes, because there are situations when we forget or we omit to do the Hydro-alcoholic solution. When we bring in food trays, we are not always in the context of doing the HAS."

After being tested at H?pital Nord, the system is now being permanently installed in Brouqui's rooms.

Professor Brouqui believes it's the best system to date that can diminish the rate of nosocomial infections in France and around the world.

Thank you Zhou Jingnan. Coming up next we'll have Luo Laiming in the studio for the Wild Web Tech discussion.

And that actually brings to the end of today's show. We hope that you enjoy it and we'll see you next week.

 

 
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