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The New York state city wants to keep residents and visitors up-to-date on city news and municipal services as well as combat misinformation on social media.

Buffalo in New York state is partnering with the Simplicity App to provide residents with a single destination to receive notifications and information from the City.

Buffalo residents and visitors will be able to download the Simplicity application and receive updates, city news, information about municipal services, emergency alerts, and more direct to their smartphones.

“City in your phone”

The Simplicity app is described as a “city in your phone” where residents and visitors can access critical city updates, emergency alerts, outages, road closures, city events, and more. The app is currently used by more than 100 cities, including New York City, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago suburbs. Cleveland Denver, and other major US cities are launching the app in the upcoming months.

“As we continue to leverage new technology for a more efficient government, we are pleased to partner with Simplicity to bring additional services to our residents,” said mayor Byron Brown.

“Once known as “the City of Light” for being the first American City to have widespread electricity, the City of Buffalo is proud of our long history of innovation. Present day, we do not just want to keep up with the times, but rather, continue to be a trailblazer in successfully utilising the tools of the future.

“Our partnership with the Simplicity App will keep the City of Buffalo on the cutting edge of innovation and prove as a useful resource to our residents and visitors.”

The Simplicity app can also help municipalities and residents combat the growth of misinformation on social media, improve the speed of information sharing while reducing the environmental impact of printed materials. The app lets residents choose the type of alerts they want to receive, including municipal announcements, special events and public safety weather alerts.

“The advancement of digital technologies within cities is required and necessary. We stand committed to supporting our mayors to accelerate the understanding and placement of services that uplift all residents. This project is a powerful example of mayor Brown’s efforts to identify technologies that help keep our families safe and connected at no cost,” said George Burciaga, managing partner at consulting practice Elevate Cities, formerly known as Ignite Cities.

Simplicity Tech is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Chicago and Bratislava, Slovakia. Following its launch in Silicon Valley, the company raised over $10m in seed funding for further expansion.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 13.12.2022

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