Taipei has an ambitious Smart City strategy and has recently announced an agreement with IOTA Foundation to develop smart city solutions based on their Tangle technology. In this post we will make an introduction to Taipei and briefly explain the current state of the project:
Introduction to Taipei City
Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital of Taiwan (officially known as the Republic of China) at the northern tip of the island. The name “Taipei” can refer either to the whole metropolitan area or the proper city.
The city of Taipei is the political, economic, educational, and cultural center of Taiwan island. Railways, high-speed rail, highways, airports and bus lines connect Taipei with all parts of the island, and the city is served by two airports – Taipei Songshan and Taiwan Taoyuan.
Taipei City is the Capital of Taiwan. It is politically a “special municipality” directly under the Central Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which is a unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic. Taipei has a high level of self-governance within a very wide range of competencies and a population of 2,7 million (2016).
Taipei has been at the center of rapid economic development in the country and has become one of the leading global cities in the production of high technology and its components. And the Taipei economy, with virtually full employment and low inflation, has now one of the highest nominal GDP per capita in East Asia.
The Taiwanese economy is largely science and technology-based with companies such as HTC, Acer, Asus, Foxconn, etc. And the Government is, for example, heavily investing in and promoting the ambitious “Asian Silicon Valley” plan, which is designed to improve Taiwan’s overall economic structure and will run from 2016 to 2023. The major tasks of the plan are to promote the Internet of Things (IoT) and innovation industries and boost Taiwan’s economic development by integrating relevant local and international sectors.
Projecting the combined impacts of the Asian Silicon Valley plan and other digital economy plans, the government expects Taiwan’s IoT global market share to climb from 3.8 percent in 2015 to 5 percent by 2025.
Taipei Smart City Strategy
Taipei has created the “Taipei Smart City Project Management Office” to implement and govern the development of the smart city. The main goal is to promote public participation and public-private partnership in order to create new technologies, innovative applications, and data/information to solve citizens’ problems.
A Partnership with IOTA Foundation
In January 2018 Taipei city announced a partnership with the IOTA Foundation, an open-source non-profit foundation from Germany, in order to help reach its smart city goals. IOTA and Taipei City will explore the possibilities of adapting IOTA’s Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to meet its smart city needs through a number of projects, seeking to improve data integrity and authenticity concerns in public services and other domains.
The first project with the IOTA Foundation will be to develop digital citizen cards with built-in TangleID. As Taipei City’s “Smart City Living Lab” opens to proof-of-concept projects, IOTA’s ultimate secure distributed ledger technology could help Taipei City’s digital citizen cards from being tampered with, allowing citizens to feel at ease without worrying about identity theft or fraud when voting, providing background medical record information or using any government-related service.
A project already underway is Airbox, a joint effort by Edimax, Realtek, Asus, Academia Sinica, LASS and Taipei City, to create palm-sized air sensors that detect temperature, humidity, light, and pollution. Installed in citizens homes, as well as in 150 Taipei City elementary schools, Airbox is collecting and sharing air quality data online, making it one of the most comprehensive environmental sensor networks in the world. In cooperation with BiiLabs, the Airbox data will be put on the Tangle, in order to integrate incentivized payment in IOTA. This will enable a real-time air pollution monitoring with IOTA’s technology utilized by all the PM2.5 stations in Taiwan.
Other areas of exploration include healthcare, inter-organization and inter-city data exchanges.
IOTA, which is the first distributed ledger technology (DLT) to go beyond a blockchain with a blockless protocol called the Tangle, enables machines to securely transact data and money with each other. It is the first step to further the shared data economy in IoT ecosystems, clearing the way for new applications and business models for mobility, energy, Industry 4.0, and more. The IOTA technology has already enabled millions of micropayments to be transacted and has been utilized for use-cases including transparent value chains, secure Over-the-Air Updates and feeless micropayment-based electric vehicle charging, parking and more. Read more about IOTA here: http://blockchain4cities.net/tech/iota/