New Whitepaper Introduces Progressive Web Apps to Smart Cities

Dallas Texas, September 20, 2016 – Today InspireHUB Technologies announced the release of their free whitepaper, ‘The Future of Civic Apps’. The latest whitepaper teaches civic administrators and elected officials how Progressive Web App technology can provide smart cities with the ability to meet numerous community engagement needs.

Creating native apps as a way to increase civic engagement has been an aspiration held by most cities and towns but the costs associated with development has been prohibitive for both large and small communities.  How costly? Government Digital Service in Great Britain estimates it saved $8.2bn USD by opting to not use native apps over the last four years!  In 2016, a significant technology shift happened with the arrival of PWA technology. These new robust Progressive Web Apps cost a fraction of traditional native apps and boast double-digit engagement numbers while offering many of the same features. This includes features such as: offline accessibility when there is no internet or Wi-Fi available, universal access across all hardware devices ensuring no constituents are inadvertently left out, and compliance with regulatory issues such as accessibility standards and election campaign adherence.

“Building intelligent communities through digital inclusion is something that is shown to have numerous positive impacts and make cities work better,” explains Karolyn Hart, COO of InspireHUB Technologies. “Taking the most important engagement elements of your community and putting it directly into the hands of residents via mobile allows you to have two-way, real-time interactions. The affordability of this technology means that large cities can fully engage with residents and be confident they are fully optimizing tax-payer dollars while small communities can finally afford to access cutting edge apps.  It’s a win-win no matter the size of the community.”

The free whitepaper is available for download at: http://www.inspirehub.com/progressive-web-apps-smart-cities
 


First Progressive Web App For Cities Launched in North America by Town of Tecumseh

Dallas Texas, August 12, 2016 – A Canadian town is the first to have bragging rights in North America as it launches the latest in Progressive Web App Technology to engage with its local residents.  The Town of Tecumseh is located in Ontario, Canada and worked with InspireHUB Canada (a subsidiary of InspireHUB Technologies, the creator of the IHUBApp) to create a personalized web app experience for its residents.

“Progressive Web Apps are particularly well-suited to meeting the needs of cities and towns with their compliance requirements and their needs for citizen engagement,” explains Karolyn Hart, COO of InspireHUB Technologies.

“The Town of Tecumseh is always looking at new ways to reach residents and continue to communicate the work we do for them. We have three main priorities to engage our residents: communication, compliance, and reach,” explains Mayor Gary McNamara of Tecumseh. “When we learned about the IHUBApp and saw that residents controlled their app experience by joining the channels they are interested in, we felt that was a game changer. Using the latest technology means we can make the app available to anyone who has a browser. More residents can participate in this experience rather than those with certain phones.”

The IHUBApp comes standard with a number of features and tools aimed at increasing the engagement between residents, administration and elected officials including the ability to: participate in real-time polls and surveys,  register for events, create private channels for sensitive communications like economic development files, determine the frequency of notifications, fundraising and volunteer management tools, along with allowing all users the ability to upload their own content for sharing through the app.

The Tecumseh App can be accessed by visiting www.tecumsehapp.ca in your mobile browser and following the prompts to add to your home screen.   

To request a tour or view a sample of the IHUBApp for cities please visit: www.inspirehub.com/mycity
 

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