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New Brussels information app launched

A man checks his smartphone in a street in Brussels (BELGA PHOTO)
14:08 10/12/2020

All existing apps and websites of the Brussels administrations will be available in one app from this week. The new "digital guide to Brussels" is called My Brussels.

The app was developed by the Centre for Informatics for the Brussels Region (CIBG) and aims to pool all current services together. These include services such as IRISbox, Fix My Street and eBox. Private services such as a weather and traffic app will also be included. Emergency numbers and information on the nearest hospital can also be found on the My Brussels app.

"On this app, you can find a lot of data that was previously fragmented," says minister Bernard Clerfayt, responsible for digital transition, along with other portfolios. "We pool all the information that citizens need: not only official information, but also information about what Brussels citizens can do in their spare time." After the first roll-out has been assessed, Clerfayt hopes to include, for example, services related to culture and sport.

The app is available on iOS and Android. Users can personalise it based on location and interest. In the future, they will also be able to receive information from their municipality via the app. Citizens can also make suggestions to add digital services and improve the app even further.

Last summer, an app was created through such a participatory process. Through the #Brusselshacksthecrisis campaign, members of the public were asked to submit their best ideas and to vote on those of their fellow citizens. The winner was an app that bundles together all information about cycling in the city. Brussels is Biking will also be included in the My Brussels app.

Written by Nick Amies