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City of Joburg’s VayaMoja app ready to roll out second phase to enhance reliability and usability of public bus services

Developed as part of the City of Johannesburg’s move toward a public transport system that is seamless and integrated, the first phase of the VayaMoja mobile app was released in July 2016 and the launch of its second phase is imminent. This is the result of a joint effort between Intervate, a T-Systems company, and the City of Johannesburg to provide citizen engagement technologies in the sphere of public transport. The VayaMoja app allows commuters to access information on all Rea Vaya and Metrobus routes, bus frequencies and stops, as well as fare information.

29th August 2016 – Press Release, Craig Heckrath, Head of Mobility

“We are now ready to roll out the second phase of the VayaMoja app service,” says Craig Heckrath, who heads up the Smart Citizen product team at Intervate. “We’ve partnered with a vehicle tracking company to have tracking units installed in all buses across Johannesburg. Now that we know where every bus is and what direction and speed it’s moving at, we will be able to create a reliable, predictable public transport experience for commuters. Currently users can see bus routes and stops, but they don’t have a sense for when the next bus is coming. Once this phase of the project is live, users will be able to make better decisions when navigating the complex Johannesburg transport system, as they’ll be able to track bus movements and get timing estimates directly on the app,” Heckrath explains.

Intended to empower commuters to plan a journey based on their current location and where they want to be, users will now be able to search destinations, select routes and see bus arrival times.  The Johannesburg public bus service currently has a spider web of routes across the city, with a multitude of stops which even regular users might not be aware of. “This phase of the VayaMoja app development will get us closer to enabling the commuter to navigate this web of complexity and we are excited about this phase. We’re doing our best to speed things up and by the beginning of 2017, we should have reached full functionality which will enable commuters to engage in end-to-end navigation through the VayaMoja app,” Heckrath concludes. The VayaMoja app is available free of charge from the app stores for both Android and iOS.

 

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Intervate, a T-Systems Company helps small enterprise transform its business model

Capitalising on the strength of Intervate’s ‘Citizen Reporting’ framework, local start-up Cool Touch has radically elevated its business model by embracing mobile app technology. Cool Touch – founded in 2013 by two aspiring local entrepreneurs – was originally a humble cleaning company that focused on cleaning municipal dustbins around Gauteng.

22nd September 2015, Press Release, Lionel Moyal, Managing Director of Intervate

By connecting with Intervate, Cool Touch was able to fundamentally pivot its approach. It created a service through which facilities management and building management companies can log incidents that require maintenance work, and have tasks easily or automatically assigned to reputable maintenance crews in the local area.

At the heart of the service is the intuitive Snap! mobile app, which is available on  any Windows Phone, Android or Apple smartphone. Incidents or issues are captured via the app – with descriptions, photos and other supporting evidence. The report is automatically geotagged to the exact location. This app makes use of the same ‘Citizen Reporting’ framework that powers apps such as the Johannesburg Road Agency’s ‘Find & Fix’ app, has been surfaced in a unique interface for Cool Touch’s requirements. It leverages the native capabilities inherent in almost all smartphones and tablets: GPSs, cameras, and internet connectivity. Facilities management companies can choose to plug into their existing maintenance support function, or wholly-outsource the process to Cool Touch – in which case maintenance crews will be automatically dispatched.

With quoting, billing and sign-off processes handled efficiently via the mobile app, the end results include:

• Incidents are reported more comprehensively, and are fixed more quickly and at lower cost

• Facilities management staff no longer have to painstakingly capture information manually and track individual jobs one-by-one

• Facilities management companies looking to outsource all aspects of the value chain are able to do so

Intervate’s lead Lionel Moyal explains that the relationship with Cool Touch developed to the point where it became clear that leveraging the ‘Citizen Reporting’ framework would allow the young entrepreneurs to unlock new opportunities.

“We were strongly attracted by their vision to move from a simple cleaning business, to a scalable network-type organisation. Our underlying infrastructure was perfectly suited to the app they wanted to develop, and the service model they were looking to establish surrounding that app.”

“Core to our enterprise development ethos is the idea of sharing our IP, our technology, and consulting resources with the right partners. It is incredibly rewarding to see the technology we’ve developed having a broader impact on people’s lives and helping to grow dynamic South African start-ups”.

Cool Touch co-founder Babongile Ntuli adds that Intervate has provided more than just the technical foundation for the app. “Intervate has provided us with mentorship and guidance throughout our journey – helping us create both the technology solution and the business strategy.”

“Together, and with additional supporting funding from T-Systems South Africa, we’ve made a successful entrance into the market. We’re now working hard to grow the service across the country, and build the base of clients and maintenance service providers”

More information on Cool Touch is available at www.cooltouch.co.za