Digital city: mobile apps and open data online services

Digital city: mobile apps and open data online services
Mobile applications and online services based on open data point users, for example, to the nearest pharmacy or bike rental, and allow parents to track how their children are doing at school.

Over 30 mobile applications and online services have been launched on the basis of data sets published on the Moscow open data website and the API single mobile platform. These are official projects of Moscow departments and programmes of independent IT companies. Developers may download data in machine-readable format.

Paying debts and fines

The BiBi mobile application for Android, which uses the API single mobile platform, provides information on unpaid fines for traffic violations. You can look up your car by licence plate number, registration number or driving licence. If you save this info, you will be automatically notified about new fines.

Another application, Traffic Fines, will allow you not only to promptly get information on fines but also to pay them with a card. By downloading a version of the application for Android or iOS, drivers will avoid a trip to a bank or a government service centre to pay fines. A couple of clicks will show you which fines you have paid and which are outstanding.

The application Check Your Debts allows users to monitor not only outstanding traffic fines but also unpaid utility bills. However, only owners of Windows devices will be able to us the application.

Moscow bicycles

The BikeMoscow app contains information on bike paths, rentals, parking spaces and the like.

Barrier-free Moscow

The online service will help disabled people in wheelchairs find the best routes through the city. Its interactive map contains information about obstacles, and users themselves can post and check reports on accessibility and approach ramps.

Developers have not forgotten about mothers with prams, either. The application Mamnadzor (“Momitoring”) for Android and Windows Phone has an interactive map that identifies the best route. The map also contains information on frequently visited places, such as maternity welfare clinics, infant feeding centres, children’s outpatient clinics, dental offices, kindergartens and nurseries.

Metro4All for Google Play is yet another application for people with disabilities. It contains a map of the Moscow Metro that shows potential obstacles, such as staircases, escalators and the like. Using detailed information on lifts, ramps and the length of staircases, users will be able to choose the best route, calculate travel time, and determine in advance what entrances and exits to use.

Digital diary

Kidradar for Android and iOS is an application for parents that want to track the progress of their children at school. The programme not only shows children’s marks but also informs parents when their children pass through checkpoints and what food they buy at school with their electronic cards.

Parents who are just looking for a school or kindergarten for their kids should look into the Moscow Schools and Kindergartens app for Windows Phone. It contains the most detailed information on all of the city’s educational institutions: schools, kindergartens and lyceums.

The iOS-based application Moscow Swimming Pools tells users where the best pools for the 100 metre are and which pools offer free swimming classes for children.

The best places to live in a megacity

The Plandex search engine helps users find the best places to live in the capital based on numerous factors: latest environmental data, transport accessibility, resources for children, and cultural, medical and sports facilities. The app’s catalogue contains information on over 1,400 new residential buildings in Moscow and the Moscow Region.

Phandex takes information from the open data websites of the governments of Moscow and the Moscow Region, the Federal State Statistics Service and popular map services.

Guide for foodies

Food lovers should check the application Plov Gotov (“Pilaff’s Ready”) for information on Moscow’s best restaurants, serving Uzbek, Tatar, Caucasus and Georgian cuisine.

There is also a Windows application that shows where licensed alcohol vendors are located and when their permits expire.

The Toozla video guide will help users get their bearings in unknown parts of the city and even organise their own tour of Moscow’s best sights. The interactive map and scanner of QR codes make it easy to find information about different sights and listen to an audio guide for your chosen route.

And when nature calls, the Open WC app for iOS and WC Seeker app for Windows Phone are there to point the way to the nearest public toilet.

Healthcare and clean air

The application Moscow Pharmacies shows the nearest places to buy headache or cough medicine on the map.

EcoMonitor forAndroid and iOS shows air quality in any part of Moscow.

The Pollen Club service helps allergy sufferers by showing where the most active allergens are worst. Users will be able to consult with experts and compare their allergic reactions with other users. The application will have a weekly forecast and information on the past few days.