As Covid-19 spreads throughout the world, many cities, especially those with a high population density, are turning their attention to how to fight pandemics in times of crisis. These efforts include quarantining those who have been at risk of infection as well as providing public health information to reassure and inform their populations of the […]
As news of a new corona virus began to firm up in the run up to the Lunar New Year from my vantage point in Taipei, I found myself often thinking about my first years in Taiwan. As a fairly fresh arrival I had watched the SARS epidemic play out back in 2003 with an […]
As cities around the world move into an era of Smart city planning and implementation, one of the key challenges is meeting the needs of an increasingly aging population. Currently 8.9% of the world’s population is aged 65 and over, a figure that is predicted to reach 16% by 2050. In areas such as mobility, healthcare and community services, technological innovation will play a pivotal role in upgrading homes and the urban environments in which an increasing elderly population will live.
InnoVEX, one of the feature events of Computex, hosts hundreds of startups from all around the world to showcase their unique innovations, and I was fortunate enough to be there. Specifically focusing on automotive and mobility, I attended the Audi Innovation Award.
The term ‘Smart City’ sounds like something plucked straight out of science fiction. But far from being a concept of the distant future, smart cities already exist today. In fact, Songdo, a newly developed city in South Korea was titled ‘the world’s first smart city’…