Asia Express - Consumer Electronics
Taiwanese Government Steps in to Facilitate AR/VR/MR Solution Providers with Smart City Taiwan Program
June 22, 2022

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries around the world started implementing smart city plans which sped up the commercialization of AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality) technologies over the years, according to MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), a division of III (Institute for Information Industry) and one of leading research institutes in Taiwan. These technologies have become increasingly popular during the pandemic and are key solutions in the metaverse. They not only help narrow the gap between remote experience and face-to-face interaction but also allow online visitors to experience immersive virtual environments. This is also what happened in Taiwan.
According to MIC, the Smart City Taiwan Program initiated by Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) has assisted up to 320 Taiwanese companies and incubated 241 smart application services across 22 counties and cities in Taiwan over the years. For instance, the program has facilitated iStaging. iStaging is an AR and VR solution provider in Taiwan. The company's MR solution allows any science park to provide online visitors with an immersive experience of the future surroundings during the planning stage to save decoration costs. On top of that, the IDB has also cooperated with the Taoyuan City government to utilize the Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) Innovation R&D Center, Andong Youth Start-up Hub, and Hutoushan Innovation Hub to provide test fields for iStaging's MR solution. 
Meanwhile, iStaging has proven track records with reliability trusted by major brands such as AECOM, RE/MAX, Yongqing Real Estate Group, LVMH Group, Foncia, YSL, Coty, Mercedes-Benz, Mubadara, etc. The company's solutions are mainly available in North America, Central America, Europe, China, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, etc.