New phone apps expect to save city money
Posted at: 03/05/2013 6:49 PM
| Updated at: 03/05/2013 6:50 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The results are in, and the city has now gone “smart” with three new apps.
A contest was started in April of last year and was a way to get the public’s take on what apps would be helpful to citizens and tourists.
“You could see there’s a lot of functionality in there. You can check your flights, you can chedck the bus, you can check hours of the Biopark,” Sue Jiron of SDI Apps said.
“We have a lot of family that comes in all the time and it’s nice to pull up a map and be able to find what’s close to you,” app winner Sean Gaffney said.
Proximity also played into Kim Hagan’s decision of ABQ Parks. She designed an app that lets users know how close they are to a city park or playground.
“We’d be out eating and the kids would be crazy and it would be like where’s a playground we wouldn’t always know of one nearby,” Hagan said.
Each of the apps are available for download and are free for users, but the developers are walking away with a nice chunk of change, one of the benefits of their hard work.
“Many, many months of work, so it was a nice payoff and we’re really excited,” Jiron said.
Hopefully, the rest of the city will get excited for the new apps as well.