Advantech Promotes the Concept and Vision of a Smart City
smart cities are dramatically increasing worldwide, gradually yet subtly becoming a part of everyday life.
Advantech is publishing this whitepaper to increase public understanding by sharing success stories from
around the world. This allows local governments planning to implement smart cities to learn from
previous cases and, together with Advantech, promote the development of smart cities.
Close Collaboration at the Right Time, in the Right Place, and with the Right Person the formation of smart cities can be considered a manifestation of the concept “at the right time, in the
right place, and with the right person.” In terms of the right time, according to United Nation estimates,
by 2025, the number of megacities with populations that exceed 10 million will reach 29 worldwide, and
the urban population will account for approximately 70% of the global population in 2050. Because
populations will continue to be highly concentrated in cities, the challenges of urban governance, such as
traffic management, safety, and pollution control, are becoming increasingly serious. Consequently, smart city technologies are considered a crucial solution.
Although numerous definitions of the “Smart City” concept have been proposed, generally, a smart city
exhibits a resident-centric approach where information and communication technologies are used to resolve
problems resulting from urbanization to achieve the goals of operational maximization and energy
Numerous breakthroughs in the development of global information and communication technologies have
been achieved. For example, the average Internet connection speed has become faster than ever, which
enables 5G users to download a feature film in an instant. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is
considered one of the century’s top-10 important technological developments and has been utilized for
at least a decade. RFID can be employed to facilitate shopping at malls or convenience stores, borrowing
books from libraries, using public transportation, paying parking fees, registering or filling prescriptions
at hospitals, and even featured on business cards. In the United States, the idea of incorporating RFID into
100-dollar bills to track the flow of banknotes has also been proposed. These feats would have been impossible using only previous technology.
As large-scale smart city constructions began to develop one afteranother in key cities worldwide, opportunities for transforming Taiwan’s ICT industry have also emerged. Over the last 30 years, advancements in ICT have been the primary focus for Taiwan, forming the developmental foundation for leading intelligence application software firms and system integrators, industrial sensor chains, communication modules, terminal products, and system integration and service
applications. Thus, Taiwan can be considered the country most qualified to discuss smart city and IoT
Furthermore, the various smart city industries are highly connected. Unlike the past, where industries
typically emphasized products, in the future, industries are expected to focus on diverse applications that
involve substantial innovation. This should provide Taiwan’s industries, particularly the system integration
industry, which has performed impressively in the past, with opportunities to establish new niches in future
industrial chains. Taiwan’s geographical location offers the country an advantage in terms of “being in the right place”.
The third consideration is finding “the right person” for collaborations. The smart city and the IoT concept can
be divided into the following three levels: Instrumented, Interconnected, and Intelligence. IBM’s specialty is
Intelligence. The expertise of Chunghwa Telecom and other local carriers is in Interconnected services,
4G, 3G, and secure data transmissions to a cloud. Advantech’s capabilities are in Instrumented services
at the most fundamental level. As a leading player in the industrial computing and intelligent applications
industries, Advantech’s products can be found all over the world. Elements that may influence environmental
conditions such as temperature, speed, video, etc. can be continuously collected using Advantech computers, scanners, and detection equipment. This data is then transmitted to the cloud for processing and intelligent decision-making, thereby enabling people to make more effective decisions using the information.
Smart City Services Team Assist with Realizing Smart Cities
The industries that constructed the smart city are unlikely to be monopolized by a single company
because of the IoT’s popularity over the last few years. What is the IoT? It is the integration of automation and
information technologies. In Mainland China, the IoT is understood as “the union of two”. The transference
of information is aimed at combining the computer, mobile phone, and software industries into the IoT. The
various products and systems, as well as information and analyses, form a comprehensive ecosystem that
cannot be covered by just one company. Advantech hopes to serve as an enabler of a future intelligent
planet and to lead Taiwan’s manufacturers onto the international stage by leveraging its advantages. This
whitepaper is just the beginning. With the publication of this whitepaper, Advantech aims to illustrate the
feasibility of their approach for realizing smart cities to various industries and governments.
In addition, Advantech has established a task-oriented smart city services team to respond to different
applications. The smart city services team is not a formal unit in Advantech's organizational structure;
instead, it is an applications team focused on smart city applications. This unit will be led by the president of
Advantech, Chaney Ho, who aims to collaborate with business unit heads from various industries. During
these collaborations, technologies and their practical applications in all aspects of life will be explored. This
should allow decision makers to understand how to implement the Smart City concept. Additionally,
Advantech plans to promote the mature development of related applications through continuous
communication and practice. This is expected to enable Advantech to assist various industries and governments with achieving the vision of smart cities together.
Smart city developments drive the collaboration, integration, and overall service output of existing industrial chains, presenting an opportunity to transform Taiwan’s hardware industry. Advantech hopes to serve as an enabler of a future intelligent planet by assisting industries and governments with realizing the vision of smart cities together.
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