December 05, 2014
Johns Creek has a new communication tool in its arsenal with today's release of "JC Now
," a new smartphone application that pushes emergency notifications from the City, as well as giving the user access to all city interactive maps, news articles, council meeting agendas, social media and contact information.
"Johns Creek is very tightly engaged with its public and vice versa. To keep that civic engagement strong, we need to continue to take advantage of technology that gives instant notification of major traffic issues, inclement weather, or other major events," says Senior Communications Manager Rosemary Taylor.
The app was custom-built by the City's GIS (Geographic Information Systems) team, using open source technology.
"Push notifications are similar to text messages but are much shorter (up to 256 bytes). Text messages can result in usage fees, but push notifications use a tiny burst of a smartphone user's data; something that all smartphone users already pay for," said GIS Manager Nick O'Day.
Earlier this year, a beta version of "JC Now" won 1st place at the 2014 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. "Thousands of GIS experts from around the world – including the CEO of Esri – took notice of how we used free/open source technology to create a useful app for Johns Creek," says O'Day.
JC Now is the first of three smartphone apps Johns Creek has in the works. Coming later this month will be apps for requesting help from public works and police.
Download JC Now
"JC Now" is available for both Apple and Android systems. Download it by clicking on one of these links, or search in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for "JC Now."