Invitations for the 14 May launch of the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) “Find & Fix” mobile application were sent to media on Thursday, 8 May 2014.
According to Microsoft and the JRA, the free Find & Fix app lets citizens report potholes, faulty traffic signals, storm water drains, manhole covers, and other infrastructure-related issues to the Johannesburg’s Roads Agency.
The invitation followed a press release issued by the JRA in April to announce the open beta test of the Windows Phone version of the app, along with the promise that an Android beta would be available on 2 May, and iOS by 9 May 2014.
Intervate Solutions (Pty.) Ltd. is listed as the publisher of the JRA Find & Fix app for Windows Phone.
Interestingly, the invitation to the launch of the application came from Microsoft and the event itself will be held at Microsoft’s offices in Bryanston.
The invitation suggested that the Find & Fix app launch is a collaboration between Microsoft’s CityNext initiative and the JRA.
Asked about Microsoft’s involvement in the project, a spokesperson told MyBroadband that further details would be revealed at the launch event on 14 May, but was willing to say that the app uses Microsoft Azure.
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, and it is understood that Microsoft assisted with the Azure development required for the JRA Find & Fix app.
Below is a link to the Windows Phone beta version of the app. The Android and iOS versions were not available by the time of publication, but a JRA spokesperson said that they were expected to be released soon.