Amsterdam - Potholes, stray garbage, broken street lamps? After spotting something that needs to be fixed, BlackBerry® smartphone users can now take a picture, select the location and type of problem then send the issue in real time directly through to the city council. Using GPS and the mapping capabilities of their BlackBerry smartphones, users can pinpoint the exact location, providing city workers with all the information they need to identify and resolve the reported issue. To try the application out, BlackBerry smartphone users can run a trial report right after installing the application. And to thank citizens for their contributions, anyone submitting a trial report in June will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
“The picture and the exact location of the issues provide the city council all the information they need to prioritize maintenance. This innovative use of smartphone technology enables community involvement and can increase citizen engagement particularly with younger members of the community,” says Alderman Staf Depla from Eindhoven.
“Thanks to their popularity with consumers and government institutions, BlackBerry smartphones will enable us to improve the maintenance of our public spaces,” said Jens Steensma, director of Yucat mobile business solutions.
The BuitenBeter application for BlackBerry smartphones* is available as free download on BlackBerry App World™ at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/43547.
About BuitenBeter – an initiative of Yucat:
BuitenBeter is a initiative of Yucat. Yucat mobile solutions is a dutch privately held company located in Driebergen. Over more then 10 years Yucat is leading in mobile solutions for governmental organizations.
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*Available for BlackBerry OS 4.6, 4,7, 5.0, and 6.0.