Taipei City Government has invested many years into the development of a smart city. The effort has won numerous recognitions from the international community. The Smart City Index 2021, recently published by the IMD Business School, ranked Taipei City fourth globally and second place in Asia. This honor once again confirms the city’s accomplishments in this area.
The Smart City Index is a collaboration between the IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The ranking this year examines 118 cities across the world and reviewed survey responses from over 15,000 individuals. The focus of the survey includes smart city and technology applications, as well as the respondent’s impression on aspects such as health and safety, socialization, and work environment.
The Smart City Index 2021, recently published by the IMD Business School, ranked Taipei City fourth globally and second place in Asia. (Photo / Provided by the Taipei City Government)
The latest report shows that Taipei City received high marks in areas such as medical services, safety, transportation, job opportunities, and governance. It also demonstrated strengths in areas such as culture and leisure activities, hospital appointment efficiency, free public WiFi, medical resources, and convenience of public transportation ticket purchase.
According to the Department of Information Technology, the city government established the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) in 2016. The agency assisted the city government to implement a citywide “Living Lab” program which involved numerous Proof of Concept projects to explore possibilities of the latest technical innovations from the private sector.
Under the 1+7 Smart City Framework which is based on the core of smart governance and combined with smart education, environment, economy, security, transportation, and building, DOIT hopes to drive a more open smart city development and tackle urban problems through smart city solutions.