A Maltese App For Tracking Potholes (And So Much More) Is Coming This Week
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An app called Ir-Raħal Tagħna (Our Town) is set to launch in the coming days. The app promises to be a two-way communication with Malta's Local Councils, trying to simplify the communication between the councils and residents.
While one of the most exciting features of the app is a system of reporting or keeping track of potholes in the area, this same system will also allow for waste, littering, lighting, graffiti and other issues.
"This started as a very small demo app, but it quickly turned into a whole big cool project," said Nik Kozlov, whose IT company Ampere took this initiative and developed the app over five months with a large team of designers, developers and project managers. "We're launching a pilot for St. Paul's Bay, but we're currently speaking to other councils. It just takes time to introduce a service like this in all the other areas."
To make sure it gets the proper two-way communication it's aiming for, Ir-Raħal Tagħna will also introduce a personal web interface for Local Councils. The interface would allow the staff to keep track of users' requests, while also creating reports, polls and sending other notifications like blocked roads.
This is not the first app that Ampere have developed targeting a specific Maltese characteristic. In December 2016, they released a free Xemxija Heritage Trail app, a simple yet effective guide to all the heritage sites in Xemxija.
Ir-Raħal Tagħna is available on Google Play and will be on the iTunes App Store in the coming weeks.