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The dream town
Taiwan will help India in its smart city project and showcased its digital management technology at Pragati Maidan. By Team Viva
Changhua city in Taiwan literally doesn’t generate paper waste. Its senior citizens operate their lives on a digital platform and there are bicycle aggregators for easy rides within the city, ensuring a low carbon footprint.
The dynamic changes in physical, economical and technological environment across the globe have resulted in cities using smart elements to improve the quality of life of their citizens.
Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, introduced by President Tsai Ing-wen is seeking to promote the country’s ties with the 10 ASEAN nations, including India.
Michael Lin, Director of the Taipei World Trade Centre liaison office said, “The component of a smart city rests largely on critical ICT solutions that have the power to give a boost to smart living. Taiwan has been boasting an array of great smart ICT solutions around the world for many years.”
Taiwan is looking to provide its expertise for India’s Smart Cities mission because the country believes that India has a huge regard for innovation and cutting-edge technology products, he adds. “We are eager to join hands with India and share our experience in technology and smart living tools which can benefit government agencies, the environment and residents,” he says.
There are Taiwanese brands which are eager to have long term partnerships with India. Ming-ku Wei said, “Changhua has plenty experience of renewable energy management and would like to cooperate with the government of Chennai especially on the smart vehicle parts, smart city management, and energy saving.
In both technological capabilities and local implementation, Taiwan is taking the lead in smart city development. Taiwan already has one of the world’s leading technology manufacturing sectors. Changhua’s administrative results in energy-saving and carbon-reduction, including “Turn Animal Manure Into Cash Project;” the implementation of YouBike, which established Changhua as the first city in central Taiwan to have public bicycles; the promotion of the internal online document submission and approval system, which reduces two million piece of printing paper annually, achieving the goal of energy-saving and carbon-reduction effectively; the promotion of internet since 2008 to reduce the digital divide and create employment opportunities, enabling elderlies to learn how to use the internet to enrich their lives; and also, the promotion of the national exclusive “Social Welfare at your Door” project, which allows the household registration system to also handle passport and health card applications. The administrative measures done by the Changhua County Government in recent years were not only heart-felt by the people but also affirmed internationally. It is hoped that, the future of Changhua can be even more magnificent and the lives of people more convenient using smart technology.
Changhua established a safe and secured environment via promoting the construction of a smart policing protection network. Free Wi-Fi hotspots, which would be able to reach 500 hotspots at the end of the year, and estimated to reach of goal of 1000 hotspots by the middle of the following year, enabling the public to enjoy the conveniences of internet.
Director of the Taipei World Trade Centre liaison office said, “The component of a smart city rests largely on critical ICT solutions that have the power to give a boost to smart living.”
Taiwanese-based companies are already collaborating with governments across the world to provide smart solutions in various areas ranging from increasing carbon usage efficiency to renewable energy and hardware solutions. About India’s aspiration to build 100 smart cities, Yang Kuang-Ming, Deputy Executive Director, strategic marketing department, TAITRA said, “The new policy is important especially when India has huge populations with immense market potential. The global competitiveness of the country in the software space is also very well-known. Taiwan has expertise in hardware production and its a win win situation for both countries.”
The Taiwan excellence award, an initiative of the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade and managed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), represents the innovative and technological image of Taiwan’s most competitive industries and it is a symbol of outstanding reliability, innovation and value.
For Taiwanese brands cooperation by the Indian governement is essential to develop/assist smart cities, “The attitude of any governemen is essential to develope a smart city. They have to think beforehand to provide useful solutions to fulfill the citizens’ needs. Show your empathy for understanding the situation, and build the relationship with trust to create a win-win state,” said Yang Kuang-Ming
Taiwan Excellence had set up an exclusive pavilion at Smart Cities Expo, Pragati Maidan that showcased a group of 40 brands with 86 products in smart ICT, smart healthcare products, internet of things (IoT) solutions and smart-life devices.
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