Sun, Jun 11, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taipei honored with intelligent community prize

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

Taipei was honored as the world's foremost intelligent community by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) late on Friday night.

The city won the award at the forum's annual convention, beating six other finalists including Cleveland, Ohio; Gangnam, South Korea; Ichikawa, Japan; Manchester, UK; Tianjin, China; and Waterloo, Canada.

Taipei Deputy Mayor King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) received the award on behalf of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) from forum chairman John Jung, and elaborated on the city's IT policy of "digital city, mobile Taipei."

"Currently, wireless access is available in major business areas and MRT stations throughout Taipei," King said.

"In July, we will achieve 90 percent wireless coverage," he said at the ceremony held at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Taipei was awarded for its continuing efforts in Wi-Fi development, according to ICF chairman Jung. He lauded Ma's leadership in pushing Taipei to develop into a cyber city.

The judges decided on the Intelligent Community of the Year based on the criteria of broadband infrastructure, know-ledgeability of workforce, innovation, digital democracy and marketing.

Back in Taipei, Ma expressed his excitement yesterday, vowing to continue the development of the city's information technology.

"This is the second time the city's IT development has been recognized by the international community," Ma said.

"But we are not complacent, because the development of the field is a non-stop task," Ma said yesterday during a press conference at Taipei City Hall.

Taipei was ranked No. 4 among the seven finalists for the Intelligent Community of the Year award in 2004.

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