There is no stopping Taitung. This March, Taitung’s TTFree was given the Innovative Application Award for Smart City in Smart Government by Smart City Summit and Expo.
The 2022 Smart City Summit & Expo was held in Taipei at the Nangang Exhibition Center. The event was filled to the brim with booths from Taiwanese Startups, city governments, and local tech businesses like ASUS, KYMCO, and FET.
The Taitung County Government’s booth had exhibits for TTFree, TTPush’s TTCoin platform integration with QuickClic, Travel Taitung Smartphone Application, 5G Telemedicine, and 5G solutions for first responders. Our onsite team had the pleasure to introduce Taitung’s smart city applications to a delegation from Slovakia.
Taitung has a vast territory that relies heavily on the internet to communicate with the outside world. TTFree is Taitung’s countywide wireless digital network. It has comprehensive integration with Taitung institutions, like schools, hospitals, and businesses, to help decrease the disparity between rural and urban areas. Moreover, utilizing recent information technology promotes transboundary learning, e-commerce, and tourism development.
The network serves as a backend to provide additional services to county residents and visitors of Taitung. The hope is to make a flow of people creating more commercial opportunities for local businesses by using the over 800 free Wi-Fi hotspot locations as a hub to gather, collect and analyze big data. This is to further stimulate the local economy and extend the reach of TTFree services. The end goal is to have an “E-governance” for the government, a “digital economy” for businesses, and a “digital lifestyle” for the public.
TTFree received an Innovative Application Award not only merely for fulfilling the needs of the people but for future-proofing Taitung’s development.
TTPush acts as the practical application of TTFree—hotspots enable the public to connect to its services; experiencing an all-new smart lifestyle. It also extends the scope and depth of public services offered by using “nudging by government” ideology as a mechanism to drive “data power” in tandem with an E-governance mindset.
The Smartphone application, TTPush, provides a one-stop shop for local news, stimulates business turnover, and even lets residents pay for roadside parking all over Taiwan with TTCoins. The digital currency can also be used to make purchases, or be used with other payment options at participating vendors. This frequent use of TTCoin at check-out helps residents gradually become accustomed to the new payment option as well as adds convenience to shopping.
Taitung is pioneering the way for governments to carry out smart governance. Through our implementations of smart city applications, residents and tourists are getting more connected with the gateway into Taiwan.