Innovation to inspire and implement @ Smart City Expo in Barcelona
MaintStar, as a partner within the Microsoft CityNext initiative, will be participating and exhibiting at the world leading smart city event. This expo brings together global, national, and regional urban representatives, thought leaders, academic institutions, research centers and top corporations that have the kind of decision-making power that drives smart cities and empower its citizens.
Driving citizen engagement through innovative mobile application technology has been a large part of MaintStar’s latest municipal initiatives. Whether assisting the city or county with notification of various non-emergency service opportunities or scheduling an appointment with a local city building inspector, MaintStar helps citizens in connecting better, faster and with more alacrity than ever before. The momentum around this event mirrors the enthusiasm seen globally in the smart city space, with over 12,000 expected visitors and nearly 300 exhibitors.
MaintStar will be exhibiting within the Microsoft CityNext pavilion and speaking at a number of venues, presenting our newest technologies and sharing real municipal experiences that are in use today. We will also address how we deliver resources, guidance and best practices to help cities understand what is available to them today and how technology can help them address the many issues they face.
New smart app in Alameda County matches technology with civic engagement
Alameda County has over 1.5 million people, which means when a tree falls in the road, a power line goes down, or a teenager with a spray can decides they’re an artist, it can affect a lot of people.
County residents now have a new tool for reporting issues like these to their Alameda County Public Works Agency, and it comes in the form of a smartphone application called Mobile Citizen. The app, available for iPhones and Android phones, allows citizens to take a photo of the problem and submit it along with GPS coordinates gathered by their phone.