Taiwanese firms share expertise on smart city initiatives


PENANG, which is already on its way to becoming a smart city through many of its constructive initiatives, is now further encouraged by Taiwan’s leading smart city builders during a courtesy call on the Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today.

The team, led by Patty Yen, the deputy executive director of the TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council), shared their expertise on turning cities into smart cities.

Representatives from Taiwan’s leading companies (various sectors) CTCI Corp, CECI Engineering Consultants, Marketech International Corp, eZoom Information, Compal Electronics, ACTi Corporation, Advantech Co. Ltd talked about the services provided by the respective companies.

They shared how new technologies could help to enhance the quality of life, such as with regard to the infrastructure, transport, education and health.

For instance, one of the companies (ACTi Corporation) spoke on the CCTV (closed-circuit television) system which uses Artificial Intelligence that enables them to monitor the traffic situation (detect vehicles) regardless of how bad the weather is.

Another company, eZoom Information, a subsidiary company from Marketech International Corp, touched on smart firefighting management. The Geographical Information System (GIS), Building Information Model (BMI) and position tracking system they use will enable them to keep track of firefighters who go inside a building to put out a fire.

Chow said that the Taiwanese have a lot to offer with their knowledge, experience and expertise.

“The state government appreciates the sharing session by all the Taiwan companies which are present here.

“We will be having a Taiwan Expo in Penang this weekend at the SPICE Convention Centre where 140 companies will be taking part to showcase the Taiwan expertise and technology. Perhaps, all of you can join it,” he added.

Also present were state exco members Yeoh Soon Hin and Jagdeep Singh, and representatives from various state agencies as well as representatives from the China Airlines.

Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Chan Kok Kuan