06 Aug REDtone launches comms app for citizens, local councils
Integrated telecommunications solutions provider REDtone International Bhd unveils its first Internet of Things (IoT) application for Smart City known as CitiAct, a citizen engagement mobile application that facilitates communication between citizens and their respective local councils.
CitiAct, developed by REDtone’s subsidiary REDtone IOT Sdn Bhd, enables citizens to report and track issues sent to local councils through the use of their mobile phones, while local councils, on the other hand, are able to respond accordingly while managing aggregated information via an IoT cloud platform known as CitiSense.
Speaking at the launch of the new mobile application, REDtone’s managing director Wei Chuan Beng said: “IoT is set to enhance the way we live and work and in time to come, many things will somehow be connected to the Internet.
“For the citizens, we want them to be a part of making the city and the world a better and safer place to live, and we are encouraging them to take that first step with our CitiAct IoT application,” he told members of the press at a media briefing held today.
Developed in the project pipeline since two years ago, IoT offerings add to REDtone’s range of managed value-added services, which according to Wei, is set to contribute significantly to REDtone’s financials starting from the financial year 2016, with more services to be introduced in the future.
“As CitiSense provides ‘sensing-as-a-service’ to anyone who wants better insights into their connected assets, business, and environment, it has the potential to appeal to many parties in addition to the local councils.
“We believe that the new app would make up at least 5% to the group’s revenue in the next three years,” he said.
The city improvement application is available for free on both Android and iOS platforms for individual users, while a complimentary one-month trial is available to all local councils for both its CitiAct Case Management System and CitiAct Dashboard features available as a subscription-based service.
REDtone is aiming at achieving a user base of 100,000 individuals by early next month, while potentially looking at expanding its proprietary application to other countries within the Asean region.