Experts from the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) and Chunghwa Telecom were invited to the conference to discuss the applications of smart city technology and possible industrial opportunities. The event was streamed live to further stimulate a dialogue between the government and civic groups regarding the future of the IoT for environmental quality. It is hoped that the public and private sectors will work together to provide better air quality, build an environmental IoT, and design blueprints for smart cities with an environmental IoT.
The conference displayed the initial results of the IoT for environmental quality sensors. Four areas are prioritized for the next four years: industrial sensors, community sensors, transportation sensors, and supporting sensors (for areas without monitor stations within a 20-kilometer radius). The IoT will link 10,200 installed sensors in various locations for monitoring air quality as well as other applications.
The EPA emphasized that the current application of an environmental IoT focuses on the analysis of pollution hot spots and smart environmental inspections. With references on smart urban planning from other nations, monitoring data from micro-sensors have been applied in areas such as public health protection and transportation route planning. Big data analysis and early warning systems reduce people’s exposure to pollutants. The EPA will continue to promote a certification system aligned with international standards, and thus improve Taiwan’s international competitiveness in the realm of producing sensor components. Supported by the results and applications of tests conducted in Taiwan, the EPA hopes that Taiwan can promote a comprehensive environmental IoT service across the globe.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)