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By Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

Taipei, Taiwan - Sarnia-Lambton delegates are gleaning valuable technological, business, and entrepreneurial insights in the group's mission to Taiwan.

The trip is part of the delegation's participation in the Intelligent Community Forum's (ICF) Smart Cities Conference. 

Over the first few days of the trip, Sarnia-Lambton delegates met with senior officials including the CEO for international cooperation at the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs to discuss economic issues such as community branding and trade opportunities, as well as tourism development and promotion.

Meetings were also held with cultural officials.  Delegates reviewed state-of-the-art technology for cycling (i.e. T-Bikes, GPS, smart phones, distance and usage tracking, emergency response, etc.) and interactive software for displaying artifacts in Museums and art galleries.

The delegation visited several internationally recognized science and technology parks, including Hsin Chu Science Park which is ranked among the top 10 such parks in the world.  Delegates explored potential collaboration with the Industrial Technology Research Centre and possible partnerships with the Centre's Material and Biotechnologies Division.  It also discussed working to attract Taiwanese start-up companies to Canada for research and commercialization opportunities.

In Tainan, delegates were received by nearly 70 senior government officials.  Round table discussions were led by the Magistrate (Mayor) of Tainan and concerned matters such as emergency planning, water management, low carbon emissions, and green energy issues.  As part of the discussions, Sarnia-Lambton delegates were introduced to "smart healthcare" products, including a device that monitors a patient's blood pressure, tracks data, and instantly notifies the patient's healthcare provider and family members if there are anomalies.  Talks also focused on public transportation initiatives, including smart transit systems and technologies for electric vehicle charging.  The delegation was told Taiwanese companies are looking to partner with mid-sized North American cities.

Delegates have learned more about best practices for connecting residents to community broadband as well as collaborating between municipalities and carriers to deliver transparent LAN services for facilities, smart traffic control systems, security, and public notification projects.

Discussions, meeting and events occurring during the trip have been focused on best practices by municipalities, with a central theme of the smart use of technology.  Efforts are also being made to develop business links and to foster post conference relationships.

The ICF is a global network of cities and regions whose mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life.

As Part of the Smart Cities Conference, ICF is set to announce Thursday its Top7 intelligent communities.  Sarnia-Lambton was successful in being chosen from among nearly 400 international submissions to participate in the SMART 21 stage of the program.

For more information on the ICF, visit intelligentcommunity.org.

This article was posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:08 PM

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