Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is visiting Taiwan this week for the 2016 Smart City Summit & Expo to share with other mayors from around the globe how Orlando is using technology to better the quality of life for its citizens.
The event is held in Taipei, Taiwan, and Dyer is the only U.S. mayor attending. Mayors from France, Israel, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Taiwan and other countries will also be there. Dyer will be participating with them in the Mayors’ Summit, where, according to the event website, they will talk about how they faced the challenges of an increasingly populated and urbanized world and how they made their cities more livable under those circumstances.
According to a press release from Press Secretary Cassandra Lafser with Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office, some of the innovations Dyer could speak about include implementing Juice Bike Share, which allows mobile app users to reserve and rent bikes to use temporarily for traveling in the area, and tracking vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns by Bluetooth to reduce traffic congestion.
She listed the city’s implementation of smart parking meters and Park Me/Park Mobile apps that allow users to find convenient parking downtown, and the transit signal priority program that helps LYMMO and I-Drive buses through corridors. The FDOT is currently looking at expanding that program statewide, Lafser wrote.
Another example she listed was the city’s development of an Intelligent Transportation System, which networked almost all of the traffic signals in the city and improved traffic operation. This, she wrote, facilitated better dispatching of emergency and repair crews.
Dyer will return to Orlando Saturday, according to Lafser.