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Taipei shows off achievements in 'intelligent city' development

2009. 23 September

By Deborah Kuo
( Taipei City is taking advantage of an international information, communications and technology (ICT) forum to show off its achievements in high-tech infrastructure development designed to upgrade it into a ubiquitous and intelligent (UI) metropolis.

Addressing the opening of the 2009 Intelligent Cities ICT Forum Taipei Tuesday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said the city government has been striving over the past decade to develop Taipei into a "cyber city, a Web city and an intelligent city," in that order, step by step.

"The ICT development has not only allowed Taipei residents to use fewer paved roads but more Web paths, it has also helped improve the efficiency of the city government and the city's international image," Hau said.

The results of the city's efforts in developing into an intelligent city will be put on display at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, he added.

The achievements include providing 400,000 Taipei households with optofiber cable; location-based services via mobile phone; the "1999" hotline services for all city residents, boasting an execution rate of 99 percent; and an intelligent transport system that allows people in Taipei to check information about buses, parking lots and parking spaces around the city, according to Hau.

The achievements also include telecare -- a city-wide system of household health care that has been implemented on trial basis, Hau added.

Participants to the 2009 Intelligent Cities ICT Forum Taipei include delegates of the Asian Network Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) members and officials from Lithuania's capital Vilnius, Tokyo and the city of Gold Coast in Australia, as well as executives from high-tech companies from home and abroad.

The forum has been coined by the city government as "a feast to showcase wireless broadband and infrastructures of international intelligent cities." In addition to a keynote session and panel discussions by domestic and foreign experts, the forum will also involve case studies and technology discussions, as well as a roundtable dialogue for ANMC21 members.

Taipei City was named by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum in June 2006 as recipient of its 2006 Intelligent Community of the Year award.

The Intelligent Community of the Year is selected based on in-depth research and analysis conducted by Evalueserve, an Indian knowledge process outsourcing company, and the votes of an independent jury of experts from around the world.