Is your agency looking to go mobile? There are now dozens of public works-specific apps available, serving staff, contractors and community members. And as technology continues to evolve there's a growing number of platforms that allow user to create locally centered, customized mobile tools. Here's a look at three state-of-the-art options.

MyCivic Apps This comprehensive, cost-effective platform from Nead Inc., provides city governments, public works, chambers of commerce, businesses and local organizations with the programming to create mobile applications for functions including parking permit management, communication with officials, request management, tourist maps, certificates of occupancy, and business directories. According to a press release:

... iConserve—an interactive municipal app launching later this month—was built across MyCivic for the Newhall County Water District, which encompass approximately 34-square miles in portions of the City of Santa Clarita and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.

Current MyCivic customers include the cities of Aliso Viejo, Diamond Bar, Garden Grove, Indian Wells, La Habra Heights, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Moreno Valley, Oceanside, Placentia, Walnut, West Covina, San Juan Capistrano and the Downtown District of Huntington Beach in Calif., as well as the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, CRW (collaboration partner), Oregon City, Ore., House of Representatives-Ed Royce and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local Union 416.

PTV Group  The worldwide PTV Group provides software and consulting for traffic, transport logistics and geomarketing. On recent project for the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, the company created a localized  traffic solution to assist motorists around a major infrastructure project. According to a press release:

Because of the construction of the underground tram  (U-Strab), Karlsruhe residents, as well as commuters and tourists, have limited mobility on the road. The construction sites take their toll on the roads: there are overcrowded streets and traffic jams. The free Karlsruhe app KA-Mobil has stepped in to help since the autumn of 2014. The app for iOS and Android mobile phones provides information about construction sites, traffic flow, car parks and public transportation schedules at Park&Ride facilities in real time so that motorists can optimally plan their trip. "We integrated routing into the app so that it gives detours that take into account all construction site road blocks and up-to-date traffic situations in real time", says Matthias Hormuth, Solutions Director, PTV Group.

Rubix  Developed by Quebec, Canada-based Rival Solutions, Rubix is an integrated package combining road condition data collection, processing and reporting. According to the Rubix website:

[Rubix] provides infrastructure and roadway managers a turn-key solution for evaluating roadway infrastructure condition. The solution includes innovative tools for field data collection, information consolidation, and dashboard reporting, while eliminating traditional barriers and time consuming efforts related to complex field work, data manipulation, and reporting.