GovAlert users choose a concern type from a comprehensive list of categories. They then snap a picture of a pothole, litter, or other non-emergency with their smartphone and type a description of the situation. Once they tap "Submit", the concern is sent to their local government, as determined by device location settings. The appropriate government official receives the alert in real time.
The app benefits both users and the local government employees it connects them with. GovAlert sits on the home screen of a user's device, next to their most frequently used apps. Convenient reporting encourages them to interact with local government officials more regularly and see their issues resolved and suggested changes implemented.
Local government enjoys less hostile, more direct interactions with constituents. GovAlert's geographic information system (GIS) mapping integration and prompt for images and descriptive text make for detailed, firsthand accounts, from which government can draw valuable insights.
The GovAlert mobile app is produced by GovPilot, a Hoboken, New Jersey government management software company. GovAlert aligns with the company's mission to help local governments across the United States streamline operations to better serve constituents.
The app's architect, GovPilot Senior Developer, Alex Turchanikov, explains, "[GovAlert] allows constituents to easily notify any municipality of problems that require attention and corroborate issues submitted by others so that the municipality can prioritize the ones affecting the most people."
When the mosquito-borne Zika virus was first discovered in the United States in summer 2016, Camden County, NJ credited the GovPilot government management platform with helping control its mosquito problem. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently predicted that the virus will continue its spread throughout the United States.
GovPilot CEO and founder, Michael Bonner, believes that GovAlert "will go a long way in helping to prevent the spread of Zika" by helping local government leaders effectively crowdsource and route the flow of citizen concerns, bridging the communication gap between the Mosquito Control Department and the constituency.
He adds that, "It is up to government to spread the word about GovAlert."
The app offers full compatibility with GovPilot's existing platform.
GovAlert is developed by GovPilot, a leading government management software company.
GovPilot's namesake product is a web-based Management Platform developed exclusively for local government. GovPilot optimizes workflow and revenue streams by replacing antiquated paper processes with digital automation. GovPilot unifies fragmented data and facilitates communication between employees and departments to promote informed decision-making. The platform offers 100+ templated processes, which can be used "off the shelf" or modified to fit a department's specifications. GovPilot grants unlimited users the ability to manage and share data 24/7, from the office, the field, or the comfort of home.
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