"The strong relationship we have built with Fujitsu over 10 years has given us confidence in it as a reliable partner."
Manager of IT division, EASYCARD Corporation
The EASYCARD Corporation was officially established in March 2000. As the subsidiary of the EASYCARD Investment Holdings Corporation, the total capitalization of the company is NT$700 million, and its main shareholders for the EASYCARD Investment Holdings Corporation are Taipei City Government, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, 12 bus companies in Taipei City and New Taipei City, Cathay United Bank, Taishin Bank, CTBC Bank, Taipei Fubon Bank, Mitac Inc., Mercuries Data Systems, China Engineering Consultants Incorporated, Solomon Technology, and other companies. Public-sector stock accounts are about 40% of the total.
The company established a new milestone for electronic transportation payment systems with the use of non-contact IC cards, initially on bus services in Greater Taipei areas, Taipei Metro, and payment of parking fees at parking lots run by Taipei City Government. The scope of application for the EasyCard is currently being extended to the use on Maokong gondola service, admission to Taipei Zoo, non-reserved seats on Taiwan High Speed Rail, designated sections of Taiwan Railway, intercity bus services, Taipei River Cruise, and small-amount purchases at designated stores, to offer greater convenience to users.
In the future, EASYCARD Corporation will continue to integrate more services and extend the use of its EasyCard to other transportation systems, payment of governmental fees, admission to parks and scenic areas, and various other services. Its ultimate goal is to allow people to travel around Taiwan with only one card.
EasyCard decided to transfer its system from UNIX to LINUX to improve its system performance. Fujitsu provided new generation multi-processor PRIMERGY RX4770M1 servers using Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family to improve performance efficiency. EasyCard decided to virtualize the system in order to minimize TCO for the expansion of new business categories. Fujitsu provided PRIMERGY 1U/2U server, RX200S8/RX300S8 using Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family with PCIe 3.0 I/O interface which increased performance and I/O interface speed while establishing a stable operation without the bottleneck.
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