SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Taoping Inc. (NASDAQ: TAOP), a leading provider of internet-based advertisement distribution and display terminal sharing systems and online retail platform, today announced that thirteen companies have joined the Taoping Alliance at the Taoping New Media Promotion Conference held in Wuhan city on December 7, 2018. With the addition of the 13 companies, the total membership of Taoping Alliance reached 99.

Taoping Alliance is a nationwide advertising resource sharing platform jointly founded by TAOP and Shenzhen Taoping New-Media Limited. Since its establishment in May 2017, the members of Taoping Alliance have increased to ninety-nine, with the coverage of over twenty-six provinces out of thirty-four provincial level administrative units in China and three members overseas (Toronto, Asia, and Singapore).

The new members are Jingmen Taoping, Shiyan Taoping, Ezhou Taoping, Yidu Taoping, Zigui Taoping, Banna Taoping, Chuxiong Taoping, Zhaotong Taoping, Honghe Taoping, Duyun Taoping, Fuquan Taoping, Qingzhen Taoping, and Pinghe Taoping. The thirteen companies are responsible for the sharing new media operation at Jingmen city, Shiyan city, Ezhou city, Yidu city, Zigui county, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Chuxiong city, Zhaotong city, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Duyun city, Fuquan city, Qingzhen city, and Pinghe county respectively.

With the "Smart IoT Terminal - Taoping Net/App - Taoping E-store" lifestyle media ecosystem that has been fully developed, advertisers (individuals and business owners) will soon be able to use Taoping App to distribute real-time ads on the designated cloud-based ad display terminals in residential and office buildings in these areas. In addition, Taoping E-store enables consumers to view the ads on their mobile devices and receive promotional coupons or messages from the E-store, where they just visited online. The Taoping Chain ecosystem enables direct interactions among consumers and advertisers and efficiently drives online traffic to real consumption.

“2018 has been a fruitful year for TAOP. The substantial growth of Taoping Alliance membership is a result of the successful implementation of our nationwide and overseas marketing strategy,” said Mr. Jianghuai Lin, the Chairman and CEO of TAOP. “In the coming year, we will leverage existing Taoping Alliance members at city level to accelerate the market penetration process, especially in third, fourth, and fifth tier cities. We expect that by the end of 2020, the number of cities that Taoping Alliance covers will reach 300 with 300,000 terminals nationwide, the number of business users of Taoping App and Taoping E-store will reach 100,000, the number of retail users of Taoping E-store will reach 20 million and Cloud-based IoT network coverage will reach 200 million population.”

About Taoping Inc.

Taoping Inc. (formerly known as China Information Technology, Inc.) Nasdaq: TAOP, is a leading cloud-based ad terminal and service provider of digital advertising distribution network and new media resource sharing platform in the Out-of-Home advertising market of China. The Company provides the integrated end-to-end digital advertising solutions enabling customers to distribute and manage ads on the ad display terminals. Connecting cloud-based ad terminal owners, advertisers and consumers, it builds up a resource sharing “Smart IoT Terminal - Taoping Net/ App – Taoping E-store” media ecosystem to ultimately achieve the mission “our technology makes advertising and branding affordable and effective for everyone.” To learn more, please visit http://www.taop.com/.

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