The City of Belle Meade has launched a smartphone application designed to ease communication between the city government and its residents.
Developed by Nashville-based iCity Corp., a subsidiary of holding company Citizengine Inc., the Belle Meade Mobile App uses the company’s iCity Core, a citizen-engagement platform that allows city governments to share news, events and social media content and push notifications with time-sensitive news, as well as promote local parks and attractions.
Belle Meade is among the first municipalities in Tennessee to use the multi-featured app, which is available for both iPhone and Android users.
The iCity platform offers an emergency alert feature, which the city can use to notify users with push notifications during emergency situations, such as school closings, weather events or other safety concerns.
“One major issue for cities of any size is consistent communication during emergency situations,” iCity CEO Rod Massey (pictured) said in a release. “Inconsistency of an alert’s timing and messaging are two major factors that contribute to misinformation. But with iCity, everyone is receiving the same message at the same time.”