Keeping the motorist appy

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A local company is seeking to utilise technology to address highways issues which have the potential to become serious traffic hazards.

United Data is developing a free app which would allow the public to alert relevant government agencies to issues such as faulty street lights, potholes and fallen power lines.

“We expect it to help broaden the scope of communication between citizens and the government,” said United Data president Quincy Rolle. “More desirable than social media, the app will offer a whole new level of accountability, tracking the entire process for the user, beginning when the complaint was lodged and ending at its successful closure.”

Currently not every government agency has a website nor even a Facebook page. If one is available, it doesn’t always acknowledge that a complaint was made or provide real time notification on the status of its resolution.

Essentially, the app would provide a means for the public to keep government agencies abreast of trouble spots along their commute, in real time. The free, mobile device app could be used at any place at any time.

“We are proposing a streamlined process with controls in place,” says Mr Rolle, founder of Web Solutions Bahamas, a firm specialising in the design, development and maintenance of websites. He possesses over a decade of experience in web and online applications development for local and foreign entities in a cross-section of industries.

“Our app will provide at least four notifications along the way: when the complaint is successfully submitted, once it has been read, when it has been assigned and finally when someone has been dispatched. The user who lodged the complaint is able to track the process every step of the way.”While the app is still in its design phase, Mr Rolle is exploring the possibility of providing drivers on a tight schedule with real-time traffic information for their preferred routes. If that were to happen, the data would be crowd-sourced, that is, it would come from drivers and their passengers, reporting an incident from their phones – accident, road work, any type of delay and such.

“Technology has changed the way society functions. It has also altered citizens’ expectations for how a modern government should function,” says the software design expert and graduate of the New England Institute of Technology.

Mr Rolle, who also studied international business at Palm Beach Atlantic University, is proposing to manage the app for the government, for a fee.

“We want to harness data to create mobile apps, smart databases and software products that make the lives of Bahamians easier,” he said. “Technology can do that. It can go into every sector of society and just make life easier.”In 2015, Rolle, created Logistikor an affordable, easy to use VAT invoicing and accounting software system with tools customised specifically for local businesses. Recently, he pulled the software off the market after entering into an arrangement with a private firm interested in exclusively utilising the product. That software deal is currently in negotiations.

With regards to his new app, Mr Rolle is currently working to arrange meetings between his company and the government agencies whom he needs to get onboard if the app is to progress from design to the download phase.

“We believe this app would be particularly useful during the hurricane season in apprising various government agencies of what’s in need of repair, while simultaneously keeping citizens abreast of ongoing developments in regards to the report they have filed,” said Mr Rolle.

Once approved by the relevant agencies, the app could become available to the public in two months.

“A modern Bahamas will require modern tools to thrive in this 21st century. We have to start placing those tools in the hands of Bahamians if we are going to encourage them to compete on any kind of global scale,” said Mr Rolle.

“United Data has a wide range of ideas we want to place into practical app forms.”

Comments

banker says...

Good Luck Mr. Rolle. My guess is that you will never hear back from any government official. When you make inquiries, you will be told that it is under consideration, and it will be until the rapture, if at all. There are no forward-thinking people in the government, and they are all so far behind the technology curve, that anyone who can operate a calculator is a genius.

Posted 9 August 2017, 8:46 p.m. Suggest removal

ThisIsOurs says...

Pitched the exact same idea with a working prototype two years ago, no one was interested. Became convinced that all the talk of ICT was just that "talk". I believe most of the "intellectuals" who speak on it are advertising themselves and fishing for contracts more than anything else. But maybe this group will have better luck who knows.

Or maybe they're saving it until they can corner the market for themselves

Posted 9 August 2017, 10:39 p.m. Suggest removal

ThisIsOurs says...

I take it back, it's my responsibility, my case clearly was not strong enough.

Posted 10 August 2017, 3:42 p.m. Suggest removal

banker says...

You are selling yourself short. I have seen pitches to the government of everything from eTesting of automobiles, to other tech with huge efficiencies and value, and all you get from the government is a wall of silence. Not even an acknowledgement. They are hopeless.

Posted 11 August 2017, 7:26 a.m. Suggest removal

ThisIsOurs says...

Yeah there are failings on their side, but I could have presented a better argument. In any case I'm working on another app project that I believe has the same utility potential but may not have the governmental dependency. I haven't given up on the first idea, just set it on the shelf for a bit.

Posted 13 August 2017, 9:11 a.m. Suggest removal

killemwitdakno says...

Or you could have just used SeeClickFix for free to bear nothing for agovernment entity, or be ripped of like PLP was with their $4M stronger Bahamas site.

Posted 9 August 2017, 11:42 p.m. Suggest removal

SP says...

Government can kill several problems and make buko bucks in the process by installing red light cameras. Too many people here run red lights!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl_d9...

Its common to see 3 cars run red lights, and Haitians as a people could less about our hit and run laws as it is common practice in Haiti to "hit and run" when involved in traffic accidents as people think nothing of killing you if you damage their vehicles!

http://www.news24.com/World/News/bus-...

Posted 13 August 2017, 10:49 a.m. Suggest removal

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