The 2016 Smart City Summit and Expo took place at the Taipei World Trade Center, Nangang Exhibition Hall from March 22–25. This year’s event, themed Building Smart Cities on the IoT, included the Smart City Summit, Smart City Applications Forum, Smart City Expo, Real Site Demo, Smart City Award for Innovative Applications, and other exciting activities.
The first Smart City Summit and Expo was held in 2014, initiating cross-strait smart city exchanges. In 2015, the Expo collaborated with ITRI, Asus, and other companies and groups with organizing the Taiwan Smart City and IoT Industry Alliance, inviting the officials of Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Vrchlabi (Czech Republic), Daejeon (Korea), and other cities to exchange in Taiwan. This year, the Smart City Expo was co-organized by IBM Taiwan Branch, Datong, China Telecom, Advantech, Taiwan Geographic Information Center, and the Institute for Information Industry. Overall, the event contributed to the social consensus of developing smart cities, and enabled public acknowledgment of the pivotal role that IoT plays in the construction of smart cities.
The concept of “Smart City” first originated from IBM’s concept of “Smart Planet”. By applying networking, cloud computing, mobile Internet, smart terminals, and other next-generation information technology to the city, plus launching value-added “smart services” such as smart family, smart medicine, smart transportation, smart energy conservation, and smart retail, Smart Cities can provide the public with more convenient and smarter lifestyles. Through the exhibition and forums, the organizers promoted the application of IoT and Smart City development towards a better quality of life.