Telematics ideas displayed at ICT exhibit in Taipei


TAIPEI–Several innovative ideas on the application of information and communications technology (ICT) were on display in Taipei Friday, in an effort to promote Taiwan’s profile in the field of telematics — a term comprising the combination of “telecommunications” and “informatics.”

Hosted by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the exhibition was held alongside a telematics forum and the Taiwan regional award ceremony under the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). Among the innovative ideas on display was a taxi calling and dispatching application by Frank Tsai, director of the Taipei-based Emerging Telematics Technologies Center and winner of the Taiwan Regional Prize.

Taxi drivers in Taipei spend 75 percent of the time carrying no passengers.