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Two projects from Taiwan win global smart city awards

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 10 July 2017

Projects based in Taipei and New Taipei City were recently recognized at the 3rd Smart Sustainable City Awards.

The award ceremony took place during the general assembly of the South Korea-based World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO). The event was held in Ulyanovsk, Russia on June 28.

The "Taipei Smart City Living Lab—Government as a Platform" project claimed gold in the Cooperative City category. Unveiled in 2016 by Taipei City Government’s Department of Information Technology, the living lab initiative aims to foster public-private partnerships in innovative smart city solutions through the creation of a dedicated matchmaking agency—the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office.

Since its founding last year, the PMO has hosted 600 meetings and facilitated the launch of some 60 public-private sector smart city initiatives. These include programs to use unmanned aerial vehicles to collect water samples from city reservoirs as well as install around 300 sensors around the city to provide residents with localized, real-time air particulate, humidity and temperature measurements.

Meanwhile, the "New Taipei City Library 2.0+" project earned silver in the Innovative Smart City category. The project aimed to modernize the services at the New Taipei City Library in Banqiao District. It comprised such efforts as setting up a 24-hour self-checkout system and e-book wall—a touch screen that displays publications, provides advisory services and recommends titles based on readers’ borrowing histories.

The Taiwan entries were among 76 projects from 56 cities competing for top honors at the awards, which also comprise the categories of Digital Inclusion, e-Government Service, Open City and Sustainable City.

Established in 2010, WeGO promotes sustainable smart city applications and e-government services in communities around the world. The group’s awards program serves as a platform for collecting best practices and sharing knowledge on development strategies.

Source: Taiwan Today
Chi-wei Chang (jojochang@taitra.org.tw)


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