Residents of the British Virgin Islands will soon be able to stand in line to receive goods or services without being physically present, thanks to a new mobile application called VI Queue.
App developer Jhon Samuel told BVI News on Wednesday that he believes the app is relevant in this social distancing era brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the territory and the wider world.
“The main functionality of this app is to create virtual lines and allow persons to track their queue from their mobile devices. If you are going to the hair salon, for example, even before you leave your home, you could see how many people are in the queue and just queue up,” explained Samuel who is a Dominican Republic native living in the BVI.
He continued: “When your turn is about to reach, the app will alert you. This could be beneficial to the entire community.”
Appeal to business community
For the app to be effective, Samuel said members of the local business community must also register with the app.
He said when this is done, the respective businesses would be able to create a unique quick response code, which is a type of barcode available for customers to use.
Customers would then be able to scan the code and join the queue.
“Anytime the company serves someone, the app will alert everybody in the queue that the queue has moved. So when your number is like the third person in the line, the app will start alerting you.”
Additionally, the app uses a Global Positioning System, more commonly called GPS, that would inform users of how much time they would require to reach the particular business place.
In the coming days, new features such as delivery services capabilities will be added to the app Samuel stated.
“You will be able to send your shopping list and the app will interact with you. If persons are picking up your order, the app will notify you, if an item you want is not available, it will tell you — give you the total, the name of the person dealing with you,” he stated.
Samuel, who is also the owner of Apex BVI, said the app was released on April 20 and it is now available for free on the Apple Store and the Android Play Store.
He has been developing apps for the past six years.
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