Richmond releases new facilities and services mobile app

Earlier this month, a new app was released to help residents get better access to the city of Richmond’s facilities and services.

With the recent release of the RichmondBC app, along with the Richmond Election app, the City is beginning to reach out to its citizens through mobile devices. Both apps are available to download for free.

The Richmond Election app is one of two apps developed to reach out to its citizens through mobile devices. The app was specifically developed for the upcoming and future elections. It and the RichmondBC app are free to download.

The Richmond Election app is one of two apps developed to reach out to its citizens through mobile devices. The app was specifically developed for the upcoming and future elections. It and the RichmondBC app are free to download.

The “city app” is a pilot project meant to help revitalize how the city uses technology, and by being a “useful tool,” help provide better services to the community. A local company called Opacity Design Group developed both the city app and election app.

This is the first generation of the app, and users can expect the app will “evolve” and continue to improve, as Director of Information Technology, Grant Fengstad
, puts it.

“People want to have information at their fingertips,” said Fengstad. “And with the popularity with smartphones, people like to have access to services with them. Apps have become more and more in demand because of people wanting to have access to information and services at their fingertips.” 

Regarding the election app, Fengstad said there is no possibility of being able to vote from the app in the immediate future. It will only be “relevant during election periods.”

PS: This was originally pitched in October 2014.

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Erin Boe is a journalism student at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.
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