City fix-it apps are common, but Memphis, Tenn.’s app was born on the air.
According to The Daily News, Ashley Mooney, the founder of software firm GeoSpace, called a morning radio show after hearing Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr., who was a guest on the show. Mooney pitched his idea to the mayor on the air, and after working out security concerns for about a year, the Smart Government app was born.
The app, which is currently only available for the iPhone, contains functions like pothole reporting; police, fire and sanitation department connectivity; emergency notifications and general notices.
“It’s free. They’ve never paid me one dime,” Mooney said Monday, July 9, as he, Wharton and city Information Services Director Brent Nair unveiled the new technology, reported The Daily News. “I pay the monthly costs. My employees and I take care of it all. It’s all been done just because I wanted to make a difference. As corny as that may sound, that’s exactly what I wanted to do.”