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Groundbreaking app store targets local government sector

News Release

Friday, 9 May 2014

Groundbreaking app store targets local government sector

A mobile application discovery tool designed to help local councils improve the way they operate is being heralded as a ground breaking step towards improved digital productivity within the local government sector.

The LG App Store sorts and catalogues apps designed to improve productivity for mayors and councillors, specific business processes, and communication with the broader community.

It is powered by the CORE technology platform, from software developer Digital Inc, which is currently also used by project partner Telstra and numerous other Australian and international enterprise users.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said that the new LG App Store was a way to assist councils to more effectively sift through over one million apps in the Apple App Store.

'Mobility is a key force in how councils operate and we identified a need to help councils navigate the maze of solutions and providers in this space,' he said.

'Councils are looking at new ways to improve business processes and deliver better customer service to their communities.'

Mr Hallam said that buying an app off-the-shelf rather than starting from scratch reduced costs and delivered a better service to councils. 

'This service will save councils time and money,' he said.

'As with every new technology there are traps, which is why we have worked with partner organisations like Digital Inc and Telstra to reduce the risk for councils by identifying apps that will help councils obtain best practice,' he said.

The LG App Store currently has 80 apps in a broad range of sub-categories including finance, disaster management, health and safety, field services and regional development.

It will be officially launched at the Local Government Association of Queensland Civic Leaders Summit occurring across two days - Thursday and Friday this week at the Sunshine Coast.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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