3 Ways Smart City Technology Can Benefit Taiwan’s Continued Growth
Taiwan, an island surrounded by the prosperous technology-heavy countries of China and Japan, is the wealthiest country that is not part of the United Nations.
Because of its close proximity to technology juggernauts, Taiwan has experienced rapid economic growth in recent decades.
This expansion of access to wealth, increased population, and ever-evolving access to technology makes Taiwan a perfect candidate for the implementation of smart city technology. Here are 3 reasons using smart city technology can support and benefit Taiwan’s growth
Broadening Information & Communications Technology
China has always been at the forefront of developing cheaper, faster communications and information technology, and Taiwan has shared some of this innovation.
From the smartphones we all carry around daily to the chips that make our work computers run faster, the people of Taiwan have helped make many of our modern technological conveniences possible and less expensive.
As technology evolves, Taiwan still is on the cutting-edge in the development of new and better options. This makes the area a perfect place to test out new ways of using consumer and commercial technology.
An overwhelming majority of Taiwanese people have access to the internet on personal computers and mobile devices, and free Wifi is available in the hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls of the larger cities. There is also government-provided free Wifi, iTaiwan, that can be leveraged and expanded upon to offer more widespread, faster connectivity.
Taking the existing technology infrastructure and applying smart city technology to it helps bring government leaders and citizens closer together more easily, making communication and cooperation more likely and improving quality of life for everyone.
Improved Growth of Clean Energy
As cities grow and expand, their needs for energy consumption grow.
With Taiwan’s cities gaining population and industry, they need increasingly larger amounts of electricity. In cities with older infrastructures, the source of this power often becomes coal or even natural gas, which harms the environment.
Transitioning older systems to cleaner energy sources takes planning and money, but with the technology behind smart cities, the process can be easier.
First, the smart city technology can gather data about current energy sourcing and usage, showing where improvements can be made. This data is crucial to deciding what type of energy to utilize, as well as where components such as turbines and generators need to be located for maximum effectiveness.
Following the onset of clean energy usage, the data collected by smart city technology can help city leaders determine if more energy collection components are needed, which areas of the city use the most energy, and create plans for decreasing reliance on traditional energy sources.
Better City Management
Currently, Taiwan has three cities with populations above 1 million, with the largest city, Taipei, having nearly 8 million people.
Managing that many people spread across the city is a challenge. City leaders have to figure out waste management, water sourcing, energy usage, transportation, and more, as well as providing essential communications, costs an exceptional amount of time and money.
In a smart city, the technology brings together the disparate parts of city operations, connecting city leaders and citizens like never before.
If there’s an emergency, a message can be pushed out to all connected devices with a warning, keeping people more safe from inclimate weather or other dangers. Traffic can automatically be rerouted to accommodate an accident or road repair
Data can also be collected from things like energy and water usage, traffic patterns, and public transportation usage to make adjustments that save thousands of dollars.
With smart city technology, leaders can become better stewards of the resources they manage, improving the city living experience for everyone.
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