BlackBerry has not met its Waterloo; city continues to count on manufacturer's handsets
Waterloo residents, as you might expect, are pretty dependent on smartphones. The city offers a Ping Street app that allows residents to stay in touch with government operations including waste removal, road closures and contact numbers. In addition, citizens of Waterloo can use the app to report potholes, pot smoking, graffiti and request and even request a overnight parking permit. Residents have seen the response time for services speed up since the city started relying on smartphones for communications.
Mayor Brenda Halloran said that the handsets let the city respond to problems "quickly and efficiently," and eliminates paperwork. And as loyal as BlackBerry has been to Waterloo, the city says it has no plans to switch to another operating system or handset manufacturer.
More popular slideshows
City of Waterloo continues to use BlackBerry handset
source: TheRecord via MobileSyrup
1. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Max Min is the author of the bill, but he's not sure if the glass is half full or half empty.
His parents must have been on something when they named him, too bad they didn't have smart phones back then, otherwise the neighbor could have reported them with the city app for smoking pot next to the pothole outside that needed to be fixed.
2. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
I like the Idea of an app connected directly to a city, my city, Sacramento, has one as well... it replicates a lot of the same features but, reporting pot smoking? Seriously??? luckily that isn't an option in my app... yes, I checked. If residents of Waterloo have enough time to meddle and report someone else minding their business then that lets me know that i need to skip summers in Waterloo... oh poo...
4. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Unfortunately, I think so too. So how is buying 300 BB7 and 50 BB10 devices going to save Blackberry?