U.S. IT website reports on smart city development in Taiwan

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U.S. IT website reports on smart city development in Taiwan

Washington, Aug. 31 (CNA) MeriTalk, a U.S.-based information technology website, reported on smart city development in Taiwan on Thursday, with the country's efforts in that field attracting major foreign media attention.

MeriTalks, headquartered in Virginia, is a public-private venture and a favorite of IT departments in the U.S. Federal Government.

The website cited Tsai Zse-Hong (蔡志宏), chief human resources officer for the Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) in Taiwan, as saying that Taiwan's relatively small size and the strength of its IT sector make it an ideal place to pilot smart city projects.

"It's not a very big island, and that helps," said Tsai, adding that as a major IT power exporting country Taiwan is a good place to start pilot projects because they appreciate the need for fast prototyping.

ASVDA organized a delegation comprised of representatives from Taiwan's major cities, such as Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, to attend the Global City Teams Challenge Expo (GCTC) in Washington.

ASVDA was established by the Cabinet late last year and given the mission of turning Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia. The goal is part of the government's efforts to promote technology innovations in the country.

"Every major city in Taiwan has significant results, has already achieved certain results," Tsai said in the report. "We see all six major cities in Taiwan, either on their own or working together, they built and made themselves an open platform for new smart city innovations."

Tsai cited Tainan's smart roadside parking and billing program and Taoyuan's mobile citizen card, a digital method to pay bus fares, check out library books, or access credit cards as examples of Taiwan's experiences in smart city development.

"All of them are very open, actually, they are competing with each other," Tsai said. "Certainly every city will claim they have their own features, and they are solving different problems, but you'll see that they are very competitive."

Tsai said competition among Taiwan's cities in smart city development will no doubt allow them to introduce innovative improvements.

He said that Taiwan is able to share its experience with other cities in smart city development.

By attending events like the GCTC in Washington, Tsai said: "We have the chance to not only learn from the experiences of others, but also an opportunity to start collaborating with other cities, industries and companies."

"Our experience should be sufficient to share with others, and we have certainly learned lessons for example in terms of security and that's really exciting to share," he said in the report.

The GCTC, held in August by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, brought more than 100 cities and communities from around the world together to share and exhibit smart city projects.

(By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)

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