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Taipei City launches new services-focused Web site

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Too busy to go pay utility bills? Can't figure out which bus to take? Now the answer to those problems is only a click away.

As part of its "M-City" (mobile city) project that aims to turn the capital into a wireless haven, the Taipei City Government yesterday launched "mytaipei.tw," a Web site that integrates nine e-services formerly listed separately on its home site.

The nine services are: health, entertainment, education and culture, leisure, travel, transportation, lost and found, rent and community events.

Besides supplying information, the Web site also provides several online application services, the city government's research, development and evaluation committee said, and allows citizens to pay tax, utility and phone bills, and tickets online.

Dressed like Santa Claus, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) touted the city's large wireless Internet access coverage, and urged citizens to take advantage of both the access and the Web site to "frequent the net and free the road."

Turning Taipei into a wireless city was one of Ma's municipal-election promises. Besides making all municipal information and services available online, the city recently officially launched its wireless infrastructure, called Wifly.

The newly completed second phase covers 28.2km2 of the city, with wireless connection extended to major business areas, including the Xinyi, Ximending and Dunhua districts, as well as underground malls connected to mass rapid transit (MRT) stations.

"With the Wifly-coverage area to be doubled by next June, at any time, in any place, and with any device, you can get any information you want while in Taipei," he said yesterday at the launch ceremony.

Yang Shih-chien (楊世緘), president of Seednet, the company operating the Web site, said that the company will further integrate voice, words and image into the Web content, and make it a friendly and easy-to-use site that people unfamiliar with the Internet can also benefit from.

The site is not yet available in English.

The coverage area is expected to cover 90 percent of the city by next June or July.

For more information, see www.mytaipei.tw.

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