In the era of Cloud, Big Data, 5G and Internet-of-Things, Taiwan is lacking in relevant competences, applications and innovations although our information and communication infrastructure is of international standards. As a result, Taiwan has been slow in responding to the rapid changes of digital industries. In contrast, all the developed countries have been actively deploying strategic initiatives and R&D projects for forward-looking technologies toward the digital economy. It is imperative that Taiwan should take a proactive attitude in leveraging its advantage and technologies in information technology and communication, in order to establish international competitiveness in the technologies related to the digital economy.
The purpose of the action plan “Development of Forward-Looking Digital Technologies” is to provide technical solutions to industries and the society and drive the growth of a digital economy. It is necessary to establish relevant forward-looking technologies and applications given the emergence of the digital economy. It is also necessary to ensure the collaboration between academics and industries and support relevant sectors in Taiwan as the top of the national agenda. This should be followed with the control and ownership of technologies and the export of technical services, in order to create economic growth.
This action plan serves as the cornerstone of the DIGI+ framework, with efforts in the development of smart technologies, 5G, Internet-of-Things, drones and driverless cars, cybersecurity, culture tech and content innovations and application. The guiding principle is openness in software, data and standards. Meanwhile, digital infrastructure is prioritized in the budgetary planning and resource allocation, in order to accelerate the establishment of key facilities, equipment and service platforms for innovations. Other tasks include the development and production of high-end analytics tools and automated property analytics facilities, Industrial 4.0 systems, smart robots in science parks and innovation hubs. All these initiatives will set the tone for other key tasks in the DIGI+ masterplan, in order to meet the long-term requirements for smart cities and industries in Taiwan and foster our international competitiveness.