Archive for the ‘apps’ Category

Smartphone App Updates

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The iOS and Android versions of three Delaware smartphone apps have been updated with new features.  The Delaware Fresh, Delaware Recycles and Delaware Polling Places apps have all been updated to match updates to the iOS and Android operating systems and to add new functions.

The new functions are the ability to view a list of all locations shown by the apps — Farm Markets in Delaware Fresh, recycling locations in Delaware Recycles, and Polling Place locations in Delaware Polling Places — and the ability to search the lists. Search is a function often requested by Delaware Fresh users.

All three apps are part of the Delaware smartphone app collection featured at apps.delaware.gov where there are download links to the Apple iStore and Google Play.

The Delaware Recycles and Delaware Polling Places apps will update automatically for users who have already downloaded either the iOS or Android versions.  The iOS version of Delaware Fresh will update automatically as well, but Android users will need to delete their existing Delaware Fresh app and download the latest version.

There is also a Windows Phone version of Delaware Fresh. This has not yet been updated with the new functions.

A New Online Donations Application

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs accepts donations for the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery and to the Veterans Trust Fund.The GIC and Delaware Interactive have launched a new on-line donations application. The first instance of the use of this application is for the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, which is using the application to collect donations for the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery and to the Veterans Trust Fund.

A second instance of the donations application is planned for release in early December. This one will accept donations to the Delaware Veterans Home.

The donations application can be configured to take donations via credit card or ACH.  GIC and DI will look for other donation application needs that might be met using this new application.

The donations application is also fully responsive and works well across all types of web-browsing devices.

Professional License Search App Deemed “outstanding”

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Screen shot: Professional License Search appThe Interactive Media Council (IMC) has selected Delaware’s Professional License Search (PLS) application as the recipient of its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The IMC is a nonprofit organization comprised of leading web content professionals.

The PLS allows users on any mobile device or computer to easily look up the license status of doctors, accountants, realtors, plumbers, cosmetologists, and other professionals licensed in Delaware. The app was created for the Division of Professional Regulation (DPR), which manages licensing programs.

In a news release announcing the award, Deputy Secretary of State James Collins, who oversees the Division, noted that the recognition for the new app is rewarding.

“One of our top priorities is to provide customers with convenient access to information that will help them make informed choices about professional services,” he said.

 

The PLS online application is also available at the State of Delaware Mobile Application Directory at apps.delaware.gov.

A New Hunting and Trapping Registration System

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Image of the Hunter and Trapper Registration AppThe Delaware eGovernment team, working with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, has launched an updated and improved new Hunting and Trapping Registration System. The new system, which was designed to work on mobile devices as well as larger computer screens, will help Delaware hunters and trappers to register for required licenses and registrations and to report wildlife harvests.

Because not all hunters and trappers use smartphones or computers, the new system offers the option of calling and toll-free number (1-855-DELHUNT) and speaking with a live person for assistance. This replaces an older phone-in system that used computer-based Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and required a two-day data delay due to transcription of the calls.

The new Hunting and Trapping Registration System was designed using a mobile-first strategy and taking advantage of Delaware’s “common look and feel” for state agency web sites. It is part of Governor Markell’s initiative to enhance citizen access to government services.

Come Visit Us at the Fair

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

If you are planning to spend any time at the Delaware State Fair, please stop by the Exhibit Hall (it’s air-conditioned!) and visit the delaware.gov booth.

The delaware.gov booth at the Delaware State fair

The booth is a joint venture of the Government Information Center (GIC) and Delaware Interactive (DI). Together, GIC and DI make up the Delaware eGovernment team. The team is looking for ideas from Delaware residents, businesses and visitors. Simply put, “What eGov apps should we be building for you?”

The booth itself is very simple. There’s a video screen scrolling through a selection of existing on-line eGov services from a wide variety of agencies. There’s also a sign that highlights some of the recent smartphone, pad-device and HTML5 apps that have been developed.

The most important part of the booth are the people (not pictured here; they were taking the photo). The people are there to talk to visitors and find out how the eGov team can best help Delaware state agencies help Delawareans.

Another New Smartphone App: Mobile Crime Tips

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Screen shot of DSP Crime Tip AppDelawareans can now use their smartphones to send crime tips to Delaware State Police. A new Mobile Crime Tips app has been added to the collection of apps available at apps.delaware.gov. The app, announced by the Delaware State Police, allows users to report information on possible crime activity directly to a special State Police e-mail address.

Users can report a wide variety of information, including locations, activity descriptions, descriptions of subjects and vehicles, and photographs directly to the Police. Users can make their reports anonymously, if they like.

Apart from the mobile application, anyone who wishes to submit a tip may do so by calling the toll-free number 800-TIP-3333, emailing the DSP directly at crimestoppers@state.de.us or by submitting information online.

The State Police Crime Tips app joins a growing list of smartphone apps that includes an app to report suspicious activity to Delaware’s homeland security officials. The Delaware Force 1-2 app helps Delawareans make reports to the Delaware Information Analysis Center (DIAC).

Delaware.gov’s First Windows 8 App Released

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced the release of a Windows 8 version of the popular Delaware Fresh app.  The new app was created by eGovernment partner Delaware Interactive and based on the iPhone and Android versions of Delaware Fresh. All are available at apps.delaware.gov.

Delaware Fresh, Windows 8 screen shotDelaware Fresh provides a seasonally updated listing of farmer’s markets and other agritourism sites in Delaware presented on an interactive map, with details, links to web sites and driving directions.

Windows 8 apps are designed to work on a wide variety of web-browsing devices, from mobile phones and tablets to Windows 8 desktops. This version of Delaware Fresh is the first Windows 8 app developed as part of the Delaware eGovernment initiative.

Delaware’s Latest eGovernment Solution Will Make Car Buying Faster and More Efficient

Friday, March 8th, 2013

DMV LogoGetting a temporary tag when you buy a car in Delaware is getting faster and more efficient with the launch of a new, web-based print-on-demand system that allows car dealers to print “T-tags” for their customers on-site when the sale is made. The new system was developed for the Division of Motor Vehicles by Delaware Interactive, working through the Government Information Center, as part of Delaware’s eGovernment initiative.

The new system , which will streamline data transfer between the dealers and DMV and will replace some of the paperwork now required, has been tested by a group of dealerships involved in a pilot program. It will now be made available to dealerships throughout the state.

Moving to the on-line T-tag system is expected to save time and money for both dealers and the DMV. It replaces paperwork, cuts down on manual data entry, and decreases the administrative burden on both the state and the dealerships. The new tags will also make it easier for law enforcement officials to identify legitimate owners based on the new tags, since ownership information will now be automatically and instantly entered into the state’s databases.

New Mobile Sites For Riders and Drivers

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

DART First State and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have both launched new mobile web sites that bring information and resources to Delawareans who take advantage of the state’s public transportation and those who drive their own cars.

QR Code for the DART First State Mobile SiteThe DART First State mobile site includes tools for riders to plan a trip, view transit routes and schedules and get rider alerts. The site, developed by DART First State, is optimized for mobile devices and will work on all mobile web browsers.

QR Code for the DMV Mobile SiteThe DMV mobile site, equally adapted for mobile devices, helps Delaware drivers find DMV locations, check out wait times, view DMV webcams, and more. The site is specifically to serve DMV customers.

Both sites are examples of mobile-friendly applications that use modern web tools to create sites that work well on mobile devices but are not dependent on iPhone, Android, or specific operating systems. While not technically “apps,” mobile sites are becoming more and more sophisticated and useful. The difference between “app” and mobile site is starting to blur.

Driver License Practice Test App Now Available In Spanish

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Spanish language practice driver license test.The Delaware Driver License Practice Test app is now available in Spanish for Android and Windows 7 users.

The app, available from apps.delaware.gov, was created for the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by Delaware Interactive as part of Delaware’s eGovernment initiative. It allows  those preparing to apply for a Driver License to take constantly changing practice tests to hone their knowledge of Delaware’s driving laws.

Android and Windows 7 users who set their default language on their device to Spanish will now see their practice test questions in that language. The DMV website also has the Spanish version of the test at www.dmv.de.gov.

This Spanish translation app is the first that Delaware Interactive has created for any Delaware State Agency.