Taiwan’s legislatures working through COVID-19 with Microsoft Teams

Members using technology that enables them to collaborate safely and securely from remote locations.

Taiwan’s legislature has moved its entire proceedings online with Microsoft Teams, to cope with COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

The 10th Legislative Yuan was sworn in early February in Taipei, with a total of 113 legislators taking up their positions — just before COVID-19 hit the island.

Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan one of the five branches of government stipulated by the Constitution of the country. The Legislative Yuan has 113 members serving four-year terms.

To keep operating through the pandemic, the Legislative Yuan equipped its members with technology that enables them to collaborate safely and securely in virtual ways from their homes.

It deployed a solution that combines Microsoft Teams with Power Platform, including Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for secure sign-ins.

PowerApps are used to create sign-in forms with MFA as an extra layer of security. Once signed in, members enter their personal data and meeting information into the system. PowerApps uploads this data to the SQL server, using Power BI to visualise and plug data into Teams.

This secure and thorough process allows all legislators access to all the latest information in real-time.

Power BI also helps generate the order of speakers based on the data shared by legislative members – like how speakers would take the podium when speaking in physical meetings. Current speakers are pinned on the screen in Microsoft Teams to achieve order and clarity during the meeting.




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