TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On Friday, New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) listed four regions from Taiwan namely Chiayi City, Kinmen County, Tainan City and Taoyuan City as part of the world's Smart 21 Communities of 2018.
The number of cities that made the list this year was one less than last year.
The winner for the 2018 ICF nomination list was Canada with 11 Canadian cities making it to the list including Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Pickering and Sarnia-Lambton County of Ontario according to the ICF.
Three cities from Australia and one city each from the United States, France and Finland were also added to the list this year.
The top 21 cities were selected from among 400 other cities in the world based on data submitted by each town which covered wide areas such as broadband infrastructure. innovation and sustainability, as reported by the Central News Agency.
"This year's list contains more surprises than we have seen in a long time. Over half of them are Canadian communities that have been working on their programs for years and arrived on the list. We also see Taiwan and Australia continuing to embrace broadband and the ICF Method effectively." ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla said in a statement.
"While these are diverse places, they all connect this year as places that take the humanization of data seriously. Data has no value unless it is put in the service of a better, more prosperous region, city or town," Zacharilla added.
The 21 cities will now compete for the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2018 in February, the finalists will then compete for the Intelligent Community of the Year Award in London in June 2018.