Crowdfunding drive for safety alert apps

Crowdfunding drive for safety alert apps
Flooding on the road between Killeagh and Castlemartyr. Picture: Des Barry

A voluntary group that provides live updates on flooding, collisions, road closures and safety concerns in Cork is hoping to develop iPhone and Android apps to add to its growing social media presence.

Cork Safety Alerts was originally set up in 2014 and grew a large following during periods of flooding across the city and county.

In early 2016, the service merged with the Cork Road Safety page and now boasts over 72,000 followers on Facebook and 5,000 on Twitter.

Volunteers for the service take information via text and online and push it out on their social media channels to raise awareness of road safety issues.

A spokesperson for Cork Safety Alerts said just €1 each from 5,000 of their followers would help them reach their funding goal with the apps expected to cost €2,000 each to develop.

“While focussing solely on Facebook and Twitter, we've noticed an increasing number of followers do not receive our updates. We want to reach as many people as physically possible in Cork to let you know what's going on,” they said.

“We've been asked many times; 'why don't you have a Cork Safety Alerts app?' and until now, we didn't realise the demand for such an application.

“As Cork Safety Alerts is voluntary run, and receives no State or any form of funding - our only method of raising money to develop an app is through crowdfunding.

“We will need to have two applications developed, one for iOS and another for Android devices. Each app will cost upwards of €2,000 to have developed," they added.

The apps will feature push notifications for traffic and travel, a function for users to send updates to Cork Safety Alerts and a function for viewing alerts and updates.

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