Leading Taiwanese electronics company MiTAC recently signed agreements with Redlands and Logan councils to use their regions as testing sites for smart-cities technologies.

Redlands City will collaborate with MiTAC on mosquito monitoring and treatment using drones, and Logan City will trial innovative technologies for asset management.

TIQ played a major role in bringing MiTAC and the Queensland councils together.

The new agreements are a key outcome following the signing of an MOU between the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Global Organisation of Smart Cities (Go Smart) at the Taiwan Smart Cities Summit and Expo in March. TIQ Taiwan coordinated a 33-strong Queensland delegation to the summit, including 6 mayors and deputy mayors.

Further connections were developed at meetings facilitated by TIQ between MiTAC and several Queensland councils during the Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum in Brisbane in July.

The new agreements fall under the auspices of the Taipei City Government’s Go Smart initiative, which promotes exchanges and collaborative opportunities between governments and industry involved in smart cities strategies and projects.

The agreements were signed at the 33rd Joint Conference of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council and the Republic of China-Australia Business Council in Brisbane in August.

The annual conference, sponsored by TIQ and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, is a key platform for dialogue on trade and investment opportunities between Australian states and Taiwan.

During their visit to Brisbane for the conference, MiTAC also signed a third agreement with Aviation Australia for autonomous aerial vehicle curriculum licensing.

Attracting new investment to Queensland is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re interested in exploring the Taiwanese market, contact TIQ’s Taiwan office.