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Taipei Wins Metro-ICT Best Practice Award, Unveils New MOTA Terminal

Mayor Hau Lung-bin attended the press conference for Map of Taipei Amusement (MOTA) and Metro-ICT Best Practice Award presentation ceremony at the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei on October 5. The event is organized by the city’s Department of Information Technology (DOIT).
He noted that Taipei is working in the direction of creating a CyberCity. The city government’s efforts have been recognized by the international community, helping it secure the opportunity to showcase its accomplishments at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and winning the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization’s (ASOCIO) Metro-ICT Best Practice Award.
Established in 1984, ASOCIO consists of IT industry associations from various economies in Asia and Oceania region. Looi Kien-leong, President of ASOCIO, presented the award to Mayor Hau in person.
The mayor noted that Taipei has worked on developing its IT infrastructure one step at a time for many years. From the early days of promoting e-government services, expanding the city’s public broadband network, to setting up the 1999 Citizen Hotline Service, the city government’s efforts have won praises from the residents of this city. He believes this is why Taipei received the honor from ASOCIO.
Hau took the opportunity to introduce a new service that would allow free wireless access to the Internet at public areas in Taipei starting next year. He stressed that this new policy will make Internet access “as abundant as oxygen,” opening a new chapter of Taipei City’s IT policy.
MOTA builds on the basis of the map/city guide introduced during the 2009 Summer Deaflympics. The service offers a lot more information and services than the old system – including instant traffic updates, taxi call service, train schedules, and more.
According to DOIT, it will expand the number of MOTA kiosks at MRT stations to 31. The agency will also set up desktop terminals at the lobbies of 60 Flora Expo partner hotels, allowing foreign visitors convenient access to the online city guide. The interface could also be downloaded through smart phones.