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About Press Room DFI Joins Hands with German ACL To Develop Substantial Business Opportunities in The Smart Medical Market
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DFI Joins Hands with German ACL To Develop Substantial Business Opportunities in The Smart Medical Market

2021/02/05 (UTC-6)
The alliance between DFI and ACL hopes to make an effort to improve the quality of healthcare in an aging society.

DFI, a leading industrial computer manufacturer, has entered a strategic alliance with ACL, a well-known German medical IT hardware manufacturer, and will combine with DFI's 40 years of rich experience in industrial computers. ACL has been famous in the medical personal computer market since 1995. With profound expertise in medical All-In-One Panel PCs for ICU/IMC and digital operating rooms, smart wards, intelligent nurse stations, mobile telemedicine solutions, and large size In-Wall imaging and video recording hardware solutions, both will join hands to open up tremendous business opportunities in the smart healthcare market.

According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, smart hospitals' business opportunities rank second in the Internet of Things, second only to the Industrial Internet of Things. By 2025, the market will reach US$ 160 billion. The business opportunities from medical data analysis and cloud computing exceed US$ 38 billion. If artificial intelligence and cognitive computing technology are combined by 2025, the value of the healthcare industry may exceed US$ 150 billion.

With over 25 years of "Made in Germany" quality, ACL's rugged and durable medical computer products are widely used in 27 out of the 37 university hospitals in Germany and deployed in many well-known medical institutions in Europe. ACL also manufactures medical-related products for many world-renowned brands such as Dräger, Olympus, eSATURNUS (Sony Group), ATMOS, XION, Cascination, Zimmer Biomet, Humanscale, and HT Group.

Due to the fact that Taiwan's clinical medicine is world-renowned, the information industry is second to none. It has all the advantages of developing smart healthcare. ACL has decided to cooperate in depth with DFI to jointly develop a new generation of intelligent medical market system products and enter the global market.

Qisda-BenQ Group, the parent company of DFI, has been actively developing medical care businesses in Taiwan and China and has extended its efforts to Southeast Asia since 2008, after the BenQ Hospital was established in Nanjing, China.  Qisda-BenQ Group began looking for hospitals to start the business of surgical equipment, hemodialysis, and other fields. In 2019, Qisda-BenQ Group's annual consolidated revenue was US$ 6 billion USD, of which the total revenue of hospitals and medical business groups has exceeded US$ 35 million USD, accounting for 6 to 7%. It is expected to exceed US$ 42 million USD in 2020. The alliance between ACL and DFI will help the group's long-term development strategy and bring more business opportunities.

In the initial stage, DFI will support ACL in the sales of their medical product portfolio in America and APAC, and starting a strategic alliance.

In response to the safety, complexity, immediacy, and diversity of the medical environment, digital medical equipment must integrate various peripheral devices, such as VoIP, and is essential for service quality. It must also have unique designs that are not common in general industrial computers, such as dual hot-swappable batteries that are easy to replace and surface reading light for care providers to work through night shifts without disturbing patients. There are many demanding requirements in terms of electronics, mechanical engineering, integrations, and certifications. And as artificial intelligence (AI) penetrates the medical field, it also needs to support various AI co-processors' flexibility. These concepts will rely on DFI's innovative mainboard design and excellent quality management.

In order to transfer this experience and increase the hardware capability for upcoming products, this strategic partnership will combine their strengths and focus on development resources. The final goal is to provide powerful next-generation medical PCs to fulfill the growing hardware demands for the newest software solutions, which use heavy image processing or edge computing. Both will emphasize the combination of hardware requirements for demanding applications like streaming, recording, and 3D real-time visualization for augmented, mixed, and virtual reality with proven and durable designs that are specified for medical applications and the environment. Another aspect is to continue to bolster the development of modern hardware solutions for 5G and to keep your application connected in fast, upcoming infrastructures.

Thomas Wollesky, CEO of ACL.
Steven Tsai, President of DFI.

"DFI and ACL, the leader in the smart medical market, are cooperating to create smart healthcare solutions. It is hoped that these high-quality products will open up endless business opportunities and help the medical system overcome the difficult challenges brought about by an aging society," said Steven Tsai, President of DFI.

"For seven years, we have worked together with DFI. DFI's mainboards fit perfectly to ACL's corporate strategy: Always a step ahead! Reliable high-end solutions based on the latest technologies, long-lasting products with the highest performance, and brilliant service worldwide has brought DFI to the heart of our well-known products in the medical IT area. This strategic partnership is able to help us to get the latest technologies from Taiwan and faster integrate our custom-made products to the medical field." said Thomas Wollesky, CEO of ACL.

The COVID-19 epidemic has spawned a huge demand for smart healthcare. The medical and health industry is entering a critical period of digital transformation. The alliance between DFI and ACL hopes to make an effort to improve the quality of healthcare in an aging society.


About DFI

Founded in 1981, DFI is a leading global provider of high-performance computing technology across multiple embedded industries. With its innovative design and premium quality management systems, DFI's industrial-grade solutions enable customers to optimize their equipment and ensure high reliability, long-term life cycle, and 24/7 durability in a breadth of markets. Those markets include factory automation, medical, gaming, transportation, smart energy, mission-critical, and intelligent retail. Smart medical applications are critical to medical quality will also be a new field where DFI will bring more contributions to an aging society.

About ACL

ACL has been manufacturing specialized IT hardware solutions for medicine and hygienically critical areas such as digital operating rooms, digitalization in intensive care units, telemedicine, and mobile solutions at its headquarters in Leipzig, Germany, since 1995. Since then, trends have been set with intelligent solutions, enabling the globally active company to stay one step ahead of the competition. ACL's products are characterized by outstanding quality, robustness, and ergonomics and offer the highest reliability, maintenance-free operation, and investment security. Faultless and durable products are both an incentive and obligation for all ACL employees.