e-Notifications for drivers
GOVERNMENTJohn Churu, Gaborone, Botswana | Aug. 23, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Technology is coming to town in a way that will tickle road users in a positive way. The government ministry department here is planning to communicate with drivers through sms twice a month according to information coming from the department.
The Department of Information Technology (DIT) in partnership with the Department of Road Transport and Safety are undertaking a pilot project to use short message service (sms) in notifying customers to renew their driving licenses.
“The service will notify customers in a convenient, efficient and effective manner through a free sms. The notification project is still at a trial phase. The pilot began on the 13th July and is expected to take two months and SMS are sent on the 1st and 21st of each month. Once seen to be viable, the Department of Information Technology will further expand the services to other ministries that are at the core of providing important services to the public,” explained a departmental statement.
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