The Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City in Tainan, coordinated by the Executive Yu-an, combines the efforts of 13 government institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the National Development Council. As part of the Science City project, MOST has been responsible for the construction and opera-tion of the Cybersecurity & Smart Technology R&D Building complex. On May 29, MOST held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building in the complex, kicking off the second phase of the area's construction. MOST anticipates the Cybersecurity & Smart Technology R&D complex to be a center of development in the areas of smart health, smart transportation, and smart living, with cybersecurity at their foundation. The complex will also connect with technology hubs in surrounding areas, which together will form the Southern Taiwan Technology Corridor.
Minister of Science and Technology Wu Tsung-Tsong indicated that the new building will be linked with the first building in the Cyber Security & Smart Technology R&D complex in terms of capabilities so that they may jointly contribute to the development of emerging indus-tries and cutting-edge technology. Additionally, MOST will pROVide a many-to-many matchmak-ing service to bring together industry, academia, and research sectors, setting up an environment to showcase innovative technological R&D. In this way, the complex can attract international manufacturers to take up residence there, making it an important base for the development of cybersecurity and smart technology industries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Minister Wu further stated that the first phase of the project, MOST's Cybersecurity & Smart Technology R&D Building, which officially opened last year, brought together domestic manufacturers through inter-ministerial collaboration and corporate resources. Their collective R&D capabilities lead to the formation of industry R&D and innovation clusters. At present, the Cybersecurity & Smart Technology R&D Building contains the completed Cybersecurity Col-laboration Base, Industrial Control Attack and Defense Base, Smart Transportation Simulation Platform, and Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA South). Seventeen cybersecurity and smart technology-related companies have been recruited for residency, including CHT Security, Digiforen Tech-nology, MediaTek, and CyCarrier Technology. In addition, the Building houses 40 startup teams, linking the diverse capabilities of industry, government, academia, and research sectors to jointly accelerate the R&D of cybersecurity and smart technology in Taiwan.
The new building for which the groundbreaking ceremony was held is expected to stand five stories tall, with an additional two basement floors. It will serve to showcase the R&D of innovative technologies in Southern Taiwan, attracting more international companies to the Cy-bersecurity & Smart Technology R&D complex. In addition, the building will be linked with the Academia Sinica South Campus in Shalun Science City's Zone E, the Green Energy Technology Demonstration Site of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Zone D, and the Shalun Medical Ser-vice and Innovation Park of National Cheng Kung University in Zones F and X. Partnering with surrounding universities and the talent they produce, Shalun will become a hub for cybersecurity and smart city development. Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City, along with major science parks in Chiayi, Ciaotou, and Kaohsiung, will jointly form the Southern Taiwan Technology Cor-ridor and ultimately become an important base for the development of cybersecurity and smart technology industries in the Asia-Pacific region.