17 May 2021

GovTech Singapore and Taipei City Government Projects Dominate at the 2021 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards

16 Smart City projects across Asia/Pacific* named Best of the Best in the 14 e-Services categories

SINGAPORE, May 18, 2021 – Unprecedented and widespread global mobility challenges has turned city priorities inward toward optimized sustainability, fast-tracked digital and infrastructure deployments, and new constituent outcomes and new civic engagement models – all to ensure safe and trusted ecosystems for the movement of people, goods, and services. Today, IDC Asia/Pacific announces the winners for this year’s Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA), indicating the monumental efforts made by cities to digitally reimagine the use of city spaces in residential, commercial, and public spaces.

“Accelerated digitalization drives to bring about widespread automation of smart cities planning, administration, and operational functions are noted in the year the COVID-19 pandemic has hit nations worldwide. Simultaneously, as stimulus dollars are rolled out to help local constituents cope with the radical changes to ’live, learn, work and play’ dynamics due to socioeconomic slowdowns, many state and local governments in the Asia Pacific are looking to better enhance their constituent engagement and personalization capabilities that balances ease of access to government services, with ensuring secured, integrated and trusted public sector ecosystems,” says Gerald Wang, Head of Public Sector at IDC Asia/Pacific.

To know more about these outstanding Smart City projects in Asia/Pacific, visit www.idc.com/ap/smartcities .

Wang adds, “SCAPA2021 projects highlight an extraordinary step forward for Smart Cities as they spur themselves further into digital landscapes for city sustainability and relevance. As a testament of this exponential growth, SCAPA2021 received over 250+ public nominations, over 140 thousand public votes, and we are pleased to share with you the following 16 winners this year.”

These are the winners of the 2021 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards, and the outstanding smart city initiatives that distinguished them:

I. People and Communities

  • Taipei City Government (Taiwan) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Civic Engagement for TaipeiPass: Digital Pass to Government’s Mobile Service.
  • Government Technology Agency of Singapore wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Digital Equity and Accessibility for Singapore Personal Access (SingPass).
  • The Office for Seniors, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa, 20/20 Trust (New Zealand) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Education for Digital Literacy Training for Seniors.
  • Taipei City Government (Taiwan) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Public Health and Social Services for Taipei City Technology-Assisted Pandemic Prevention Project tied with Government Technology Agency of Singapore for TraceTogether, world's first national digital contact tracing solution.
  • Singapore Police Form (SPF) and Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Public Safety – Data-Driven Policing for Multipurpose All-terrain Autonomous Robots (M.A.T.A.R).

II. Critical Infrastructures

  • New Taipei City Government (Taiwan) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Public Safety – Next-Generation Emergency Services for Real-Time Life guardian – Smart Cloud Dynamic System.
  • Shenzhen Water Group (China) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Smart Water for Shenzhen Smart Water Project.
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) (Indonesia) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Sustainable Infrastructure for Smart Forest Guardian.
  • Daegu Metropolitan City Government (South Korea) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Transportation – Transport Infrastructure for WING Stations - Small Electric Mobility Smart Charging/Parking Station.

III. Administration and Economic Affairs

  • Government Technology Agency of Singapore wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Administration for Agile Governance through Digitalization (IM8).
  • Yunnan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism (China) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, and Open Spaces for “Yunnan at Your Fingertips” Project.
  • Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) (New Zealand) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Smart Buildings/ Smart Tech Parks for Auckland Hospital Digital Twin.
  • Sejong Special Self-Governing City (South Korea) wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing / Ridesharing for Self-Driving Shuttle Taxi.
  • Government Technology Agency of Singapore and JTC Corporation wins Outstanding Smart City Project for Urban Planning and Land Use for Open Digital Platform tied with Department of Agriculture (Philippines) for WeSqore Platform.

IDC Government Insights advises Governments on how to leverage technology to realign government services with the needs and expectations of citizens, to enhance service delivery, drive new revenue streams, and spur economic development. To learn more about IDC’s Smart City research and advisory capabilities, please visit IDC Government Insights: Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities Strategies.

The IDC report, Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA)-2021: Promoting the Best Practices by Local and Regional Governments, showcases the 70 selected Smart City projects that recognizes the progress Asia/Pacific municipalities have made and provided a forum to share the best practices to help accelerate smart city development in the region. To learn more about this report, contact Gerald Wang at gwang@idc.com or Manoj Vallikkat at mvalikkat@idc.com. For media inquiries, contact Tessa Rago trago@idc.com or Alvin Afuang aafuang@idc.com.

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Regions Covered

Asia Pacific

Topics Covered

Digital transformation

Vertical Markets

Smart cities and communities