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CITY SMARTPHONE APPS AND ONLINE REGISTRATION USE INCREASING
(Mon., April 9, 2012)—The City Department of Information Technology (DIT) partnered with local developers to enhance public service by providing key information to campers, bus riders, and those interested in reporting problems to the City and the public is making good use of the new services.
"We are pleased that the public has embraced the City's newest online services as well as other services such as the NIXLE notification system and our Facebook and Twitter accounts," said
The successful online camping registration program allows campers, who formerly had to wait in line for hours—and sometimes days—before camp registration deadlines, to now register online for campsites. More than 1,300 users have already taken advantage of the new registration system.
The City has also added a unique feature for smartphones that provides users with access to information about bus schedules, routes, and locations. This novel approach to transportation offers riders immediate information regarding bus and bus stop locations and problems in the system.
"This application is highly successful," said Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of DIT. "It allows us to put information quickly in the hands of riders. It was developed in partnership with a member of our community and highlights our effort to leverage technology to keep the public informed."
In another example of using technology to disseminate important information, the Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zones application allows residents and visitors to quickly determine the need to evacuate during a tsunami warning. "We learned after the
In the two months since its debut, more than 900 reports have been submitted to the City using