Date: February 13, 2017
Northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City and southern Taiwan’s Chiayi City were named among the world’s top
seven intelligent communities by New York-based International Community Forum at a ceremony Feb. 9 in Taipei City.
The list recognizes cities, counties and rural areas that use digital tools to foster local economic and social development. Taoyuan, Chiayi and the other locations in the top seven will now vie for the title of Intelligent Community of the Year, with the winner to be disclosed at ICF’s Intelligent Community Summit and Awards Dinner June 8 in New York.
“Taiwan has consistently recorded impressive performances in the ICF rankings,” Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung said at the ceremony. “This is because the criteria that Taiwan has established for building smart cities are in line with the six intelligent community indicators on which the selections are based, namely broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy.”
According to ICF, Taoyuan earned recognition for the i-Taoyuan Free Wi-Fi 2.0 project launched last year to optimize the city’s existing wireless network services and expand the number of free Wi-Fi hot spots. Chiayi impressed the judges with its Community Home Medical Care and Palliative Care Network program, which aims to link senior and health care facilities through the city’s Smart Health Cloud Platform. [FULL STORY]