Beaufort County ramping up mobile services

Bluffton Today: By SCOTT THOMPSON, May 26, 2015

As the world becomes more digital, the number of mobile users worldwide has surpassed the total of desktop users, according to research by Morgan Stanley.

And with more residents turning to their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet and perform other tasks, Beaufort County is ramping up its own mobile efforts.

County officials are hopeful several planned mobile applications will improve customer service for residents and guests.

The county has begun work on several apps and will soon make available to the public one focusing on mosquito control.

The app, which mosquito control director Gregg Hunt expects to go live by the end of May, was created by University of South Carolina Beaufort professor Kasia Pawelek and graduates Cristian Salmeron and Patrick Niehaus, and was enhanced by county applications programmer Robert Gecy.

Utilizing geographic information system technology, it will allow users to report mosquito activity and dead birds and to learn more information supplied by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on West Nile virus.

“Over the past 5 to 10 years, everything has been going to a mobile format,” Gecy said, “and what we envisioned with this was a way to get information out to public with something that was easy to use.

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