In Asia, the local Taiwanese governments of Taichung and Keelung have signed a MoU with multinational technology company Cisco Systems, in a bid to create smart city solutions in the two cities.
Under the MoU, the Taichung municipal district will build a smart public transportation network to create a free flowing traffic system. The Taichung Gateway District will also serve as a testing ground for new urban technologies through which local government hopes to integrate smart production, ecology, and living applications.
Zhang Guang-yao, deputy mayor of the central Taiwan city said that the “Taichung City government is aiming to build a low-carbon city,” noting that the development of a smart city will promote sustainable growth and afford residents “new economic opportunities.”
Creating a smart ‘digital’ economy
In the major port city of Keelung, mayor Lin You-chang said the partnership with Cisco will focus on creating dynamic traffic and environmental management systems, energy control, business services and smart city management.
Focus Taiwan reports that the Keelung city government’s ultimate goal is to create a “digital city” in northern Taiwan, aided by the establishment of a Cisco Innovation centre in Keelung.
APEC smart energy programme
In other news, the city of Taiwan is reported to have received two awards under the second Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) Annual Best Practice Award Programme.
The ESCI programme was launched by US President Barack Obama in 2010 and Japanese Prime Minister Naota Kan within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Focus Taiwan reports that the programme aims to foster green growth, sustainable development and job creation, under four main smart city pillars – namely: smart transport, smart buildings, smart grids, smart jobs and consumers.
Taiwan was awarded for its i3 travel project – which promotes low carbon tourism and intelligent transportation services in the Sun Moon Lake Area. The initiative was put forth by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which received a gold award under the smart transport category.
The Pingtung County Governement, a local government of the Republic of China won a silver award in the smart grid category, for its smart microgrid demonstration park in Linbian Township.