Taipei, April 18 (CNA) The upcoming Computex Taipei, the world's second largest computer trade show, will highlight applications and products involving the global positioning system (GPS), a local computer association said Wednesday.
There will be a designated area showcasing the development of the system that can be applied to many fields, including traffic, merchandise shipment and medical treatment, said the Taipei Computer Association, which is organizing the event.
Recognizing the growing importance of GPS products, the association said it hoped the show will be used as a platform to initiate business cooperation among local and foreign companies, especially in GPS tracking services and telematics.
Citing a report from market intelligence company ABI Research, the association said sales of personal GPS tracking devices and associated services could surpass US$1 billion in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent.
Although fewer than 100,000 GPS tracking devices were manufactured in 2011, the number is expected to grow every year before reaching 2.5 million units by 2017, the report said.
Computex Taipei, which will be held June 5-9, will feature Ultrabooks, smart handheld devices, e-readers and cloud technology services, according to the association.
A total of 1,800 exhibitors at 5,400 booths are expected to participate, which would make the show bigger than ever before, the organizers said.
The show is expected to attract more than 36,000 international buyers and generate US$28 billion in business, up from US$25 billion in 2011, the organizers added.
(By James Lee)