Taiwan wins big at IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan emerged as the biggest winner at the 2020 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA), according to the organizer, U.S.-headquartered International Data Corp. (IDC).

The Taipei, New Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung city governments won awards in the education, civic engagement, smart water, public health and social services categories, respectively, according to IDC.

The winning projects were Taipei’s Omni Smart Education in Taipei, New Taipei’s Smart Community App 2.0, Tainan’s Smart Flood Prevention Network Construction Plan, and Kaohsiung’s Participatory Care and Telemedicine initiative, which covers the city, Pingtung County and Penghu County.

A total of 19 projects across the Asia/Pacific, excluding Japan, won this year’s IDC SCAPA in 14 functional e-service categories, IDC announced at a virtual event.

Now in their 6th year, SCAPA 2020 saw the winners spread throughout the Asia/Pacific region: Taiwan with 4, China and Singapore each with 3, South Korea and Australia each with 2, and India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and New Zealand each with 1, IDC said.

“This year, many Asia Pacific Smart City projects focused on agile public policies and initiatives for social inclusivity, intuitive and innovative city services, sustainable critical infrastructure revolutions and global engagements,” said Gerald Wang, head of public sector at IDC Asia-Pacific.

IDC noted that the current global COVID-19 pandemic further strengthened cities’ resolve to create cutting edge “live, learn, work and play” digital ecosystems.