MARIGOT–President Daniel Gibbs at a press conference Monday presented the Collectivité’s latest digital communication and information tool, the “My Saint Martin” smartphone app which will keep users, the local population and visitors, abreast of current events, schedules of services, and other useful information about St. Martin.
He was joined by Territorial Councillor Jean-Sébastien Hamlet who is in charge of developing new technologies and Boris Corenthin, Director of the company KSI which developed the application for the Collectivité.
The app can already be downloaded for Android phones and will be available in the Apple Store from mid July 2018.
The project has been a year in the making, starting in June 2017.
“St. Martin is a territory embracing the future and must therefore offer innovative services to its citizens and visitors,” Gibbs said in his introduction. “This is the ambition that inspired us in the design of this unique application in the overseas departments and Collectivités.
“St. Martin is in fact the first overseas Collectivité to have an institutional application of this scale. ‘My Saint Martin’ allows residents and visitors to obtain the right information and the right service to enjoy the island according to their desires and expectations.”
“My Saint Martin” was conceived as a complementary tool to the Collectivité website www.com-saint-martin.fr. This central portal launched in early 2016 is the reference for access to information and news from the St. Martin community. Its sleek, aesthetic and contemporary design makes it easy to use and can be adapted to all screens (mobile, tablet and computer). The mobile application is the extension of the website, enriched with features perfectly adapted to mobility situations.
The app is composed of nine modules responding to four major themes: Saint-Martin Actu which are real-time notifications and two modules (News and Agenda) to inform about all the news, activities and events of the territory.
Saint-Martin Pratique offers useful and practical information on mobility through three dynamic modules: Employment, the Collectivité and the Services directory; Saint Martin Interactive – to find your way around the territory and easily find the places and services you are looking for through two modules (Map and Emergency/Health) and Participatory Democracy. This comprises two modules that contribute to the permanent improvement of the living environment by reporting a problem on the public roadway, but also through a survey module to interact directly with the Collectivité.
When downloading the application and after registration, the user is automatically subscribed to all notifications. It will allow users to receive effortlessly all new notifications – news, agenda, emergencies – directly on their smartphone. This tool also makes it possible to interact with the inhabitants immediately and to alert them very quickly of any situation, to include hurricane, emergency and other natural risks.
“It’s a major communication tool during hurricane season, Gibbs emphasised. “Our aim was to have all the support at our disposition to communicate with our citizens. It is equipped with a module alert that can send a message to all persons who have downloaded the application. We can also transmit the different alert phases for a hurricane that have been published by the Préfecture or Météo France. It functions for all natural risks; hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.”
Gibbs said his team’s priority is economic development and employment. This is reflected in the application that offers a unique solution: job offers from the territory of St. Martin in the palm of your hand. The application lists job offers from Pôle Emploi – DOM Emploi and Le Bon Coin.
Ads are stored, classified and formatted for real-time distribution on the mobile application. “My Saint Martin” becomes a digital media dedicated to local employment. In the long term, internship and training offers will also be available for viewing.
Thanks to specific development, the mobile application of the Collectivité can evolve and be enriched with new functions over time. After the release of the application in June 2018, the teams of the Collectivité are already working on the new features to come such as a weekly canteen menu, planning the collection of household waste and bulky items, a directory of associations in the territory, and access in English. The first improvements will be added in the coming months to complete and bring ever more useful services to users.