H. D. Kumaraswamy inaugurates the second edition of SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit

October 4, 2018, Bengaluru - The SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit is celebrating its opening ceremony today at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), and unveiling the largest smart cities event in Southern India. Organized by the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC), the Expo was inaugurated today by the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri H. D. Kumaraswamy, alongside Mr. James C.F. Huang, Chairman of the Taipei World Trade Centre, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Chairman of FICCI Karnataka State Council and, Mr. Anjum Parwez, UD Secretary of Karnataka.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. James C.F. Huang, Chairman of the Taipei World Trade Center said “It’s a memorable moment having Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri H. D. Kumaraswamy and other Indian honored guests on the same stage in Bangalore, Karnataka. I believe that together, we can make this energetic and innovative city incredible. I have no doubt that SMART ASIA India will generate countless mutually-beneficial opportunities, forge even closer ties between India and Taiwan, and become another milestone between the two countries.”

At the inauguration the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri H. D. Kumaraswamy commented, “It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the SMART ASIA India Expo and Summit. With rapid urbanization and growing population, it is high time we plan our cities to grow sustainable. Urban local bodies need to enhance their efficiency in functioning and cater to the needs of the ever-increasing population. We are implementing smart city projects in 7 cities of the state and hence, I believe that this expo is need of the hour. I thank Mr. James C Huang, Chairman, Taipei World Trade Center, for building his relationship with the state of Karnataka and he will have our complete support.” 

The Expo and Summit is positioned to offer more comprehensive solutions from the smart city domain. This year’s show features four exhibition areas and summit themes including: ‘Smart Transportation’, ‘Smart Energy & Water Management’, ‘Smart City Development & Environmental Sustainability’ and ‘IoT Solutions’. These themes are being brought to life by 50 outstanding exhibitors in 100 booths. Heavyweight visitors and buyers include Urban Development Department of Karnataka, Coir Board of the Indian government, TATA Group, Lodha Group, Mizuho Bank, Indian National Informatics Centre, Nashik Engineering Industrial Cluster, and more.

This year’s key exhibitors include Advantech, which is among the world’s top three intelligent system suppliers, exhibiting smart EV charger, medical and retail equipment; and ACER ITS, the largest bus ticket system supplier in Taiwan with a market share of 70%, providing E-ticketing and parking solutions. Ever-Clear Environmental Engineering Corporation and Optol Technologies Pty. Ltd. will showcase their cutting-edge smart utilities solutions, including water treatment equipment and smart LED lighting. Other experienced companies specializing in smart cities development and IoT solutions, including Avision, MOXA, H.P.B., Edgecore Networks, to name a few, will also exhibit their state-of-the-art products and services, and contribute to India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’.

One of the major highlights of the event is the ‘India Taiwan Smart Cities Summit’. Organized by TWTC and co-organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the Summit will welcome panelists from both India and Taiwan, who will discuss new technologies and applications, as well as the latest trends for optimizing India’s infrastructure, including representatives from Asian Development Bank, TATA Group, Amazon, and more. 

The beginning of the Summit will feature the ‘India-Taiwan EV Business Opportunities Forum’, during which the Taiwanese EV company J.S. Power will sign an MOU with its Indian partner, to set up a joint venture and cash in on the rising demand for lithium batteries.

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