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With the development of technology and mobile devices, life in municipalities in the Czech Republic began to change rapidly. The management of municipalities and their residents began to have an increasing need to quickly exchange information and communicate with each other.
“Today, virtually the entire Czech Republic communicates digitally,” says Václav Lintner, founder of Galileo Corporation, in Agenda SZ Byznys.
“A number of obligations in this direction are already required by law, and others are added over time. So today we can already say that even the smallest municipalities, for example with 50 inhabitants, have their administration at least partially digitized,” says Lintner.
- Galileo Corporation has been operating on the Czech market since 2002 and in Slovakia since 2013.
- It specializes in digital official boards, websites and communication solutions for municipalities and cities, schools, non-profit organizations and associations of municipalities.
- Websites for municipalities and cities in the Czech Republic are also implemented, for example, by the companies Wertu, Webhouse and Antee.
- The company also has competition in the supply of electronic official boards. They are offered, for example, by DigiDay.
- A number of IT companies are more or less dedicated to the topic of digitization of cities and municipalities. And the municipalities themselves join together in associations in which they help each other with digitization.
In addition to the websites that the company sets up for domestic cities and towns, according to him, mobile information applications or systems that send citizens up-to-date information via SMS or an e-mail account are also common today.
“The social networks of cities and municipalities, which primarily interest the younger generation, are also an increasingly topical issue,” he adds.
A big role in the success and use of digitized solutions is played by the overall settings, which mayors can optimize due to the needs of local residents.
“Local government systems use statistics. They can see how many users actually use the given communication channel, how many users have signed up to receive SMS messages or how many citizens have actively downloaded the application to their smartphones,” explains Lintner.
In the same way, according to him, the metrics also work for access to websites. “Mayors even have an overview of which sections of the population are of most interest. Accordingly, we modernize the website quite often,” adds the founder of Galileo.
The number of users is growing
Traffic counters are also part of the statistics that measure the popularity of individual electronic solutions that are intended to inform local residents. According to Lintner, it has been rising rapidly in recent years.
“We are watching the constant growth of users. Projects such as mobile information applications do not have a short shelf life. They are counted on for a number of years, which is why we can already see that attendance is being strengthened by the young generation, who previously did not show interest in local government events. But now he’s growing up and he’s starting to take an interest in what’s going on around him,” describes the founder of the Galileo company in an interview.
Interest in the convenience of digitization of cities and municipalities is not limited to young people. It also increasingly affects the older generation. According to Václav Lintner, they often choose the option of sending news via text messages to mobile phones. Some municipalities even prepare lessons for them, where they learn how to make full use of the possibilities.
“A number of municipalities have arranged for citizens to familiarize themselves with, for example, the electronic official board. Senior citizens went straight to it and our technician showed them how to operate it,” described the company’s founder.
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