Deloitte Becomes iPhone Application Developer

Lucas Gilmore, “Big 4″ observer
November 18, 2010 /

A new iPhone application developed by Deloitte has been disclosed by the Victorian Electoral Commission that will help the voters locate the nearest polling center, among other features, in next Saturday’s elections.

With global positioning system (GPS) technology as the medium in the transmission of information, the new iPhone app known as Vote Victoria, also gives tips to voters when voting. Real-time state- and district-wide poll results would also be accessible to the public from 6 pm on Saturday through the iPhone app, confirmed Sue Lang, VEC communication, education and research branch manager.

Lang said the iPhone application was developed for and inspired by the younger generation which is currently hooked to the digital age.

The Victorian Electoral Commission was approached by Information Victoria eight months ago to provide assistance in enjoining the over 130,000 young Australians who were not then in the electoral roll. The project eventually persuaded Deloitte to take part in developing the iPhone app.

Lang acknowledged Information Victoria and Deloitte for their “boundless enthusiasm and pro-activeness” in the project.

Deloitte online practice leader Frank Farrall said in no more than one month the fullness of the app was reached.

The availability of the mapping data courtesy of Victorian Electoral Commission aided the short turnaround time in producing the iPhone app, Deloitte technical lead Damian Keeghan said.

Frank Farrall estimated the figure of iPhone users who are eligible to vote to be at around one million, but did not employ an official number from Apple. The iPhone app could also work on Apple’s iPad tablet, Farrall added.


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