The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer recently launched two new mobile applications - “GovHK Notifications” and “GovHK Apps” – as part of their efforts to further enhance citizen engagement and service delivery through the use of mobile technology
The “GovHK Notifications” app enables users to be well informed about important notices or “alerts” from the government in a timely manner.
The Notifications are classified into categories such as air pollution alerts, food alerts, weather warnings, special traffic news, immigration information, leisure facilities, tax rates and rent, and student financial assistance.
Each category is further divided into sub-categories and users can choose the type of information and the exact level of alerts they need. In addition, the app also allows users to send the messages to others using SMS or share the notifications they received on various social networking sites.
Meanwhile, “GovHK Apps” is a one-stop platform designed to enable users to easily search and download mobile apps of different government departments.
According to Daniel Lai, the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) of Hong Kong, as of July 2012, different government departments have made available 41 mobile apps for the delivery of e-government services and information, ranging from interaction with the public, handy information, health, education, leisure and government publications.
“With “GovHK Apps”, the public can conveniently search these apps to cater for their needs,” Lai said.
The apps are available on iOS and Android platforms for free download.
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