Taxi app

Safety first with new taxi app

Yesterday, three Papua New Guinea Android mobile apps developed by local start-ups in PNG were launched at the Start-Up PNG 2019 convention.
The apps were ODESH, a taxi booking app, Check Safe, an emergency alert app, and Wasman, which individuals could use to report problems directly to the government.
ODESH (On Demand Express Service Hub) developer Isaac Jipsi said the app is the country’s first online taxi booking platform.
“This will modernize taxi services in Port Moresby and then the rest of the country. It has been a long journey and we have spent over 20 months developing the app.
The app originally went live last month and has already had 1,000 downloads and is already estimated at 1.5 million K.
The Check Safe app was co-developed by Anne-Shirley Korave and Nancy Gavera.
Korave said safety and security is the number one concern for many women and girls.
“The Check Safe mobile app is a real-time safety and security measure that women and girls as well as men can use for their safety. They may be able to request real-time help from responders and also report incidents,” she said.
Mea Ravu, representing the co-founders of Wasman, said there was a lack of direct communication between the population and the authorities.
“The app provides a platform people can use to report non-emergency issues to local councils through the app,” she said.
The first taxi company to register with ODESH was Daiye Cab Services, owned by the Daiye Amputee Association, established by amputee James Puko.
The already well-known City Loop taxi service was the second to sign up.
ODESH now has over 25 taxis in its fleet and five privately registered vehicles.
From this week, the company will accept late night or early morning advanced bookings and is expected to have a call center operational to meet customer needs.