Users with Android based devices can today locate over 185 free Wi-Fi hotspots, which the MCA operates across the Maltese Islands in collaboration with various local councils, NGOs and other Government institutions. If the users’ location is available via GPS, the application is able to detect the closest 10 hotspots and provide real-time updates of the distance and direction to each hotspot. Users also have the facility to change the map view according to individual preferences and report faults via email if necessary.
‘This application fully complements the MCA’s ongoing initiative of setting up Wi-Fi access in all public spaces across Malta and Gozo, in line with Government’s vision of developing Malta into a fully fledged Wi-Fi state,’ said an MCA spokesperson. ‘2100 Android users have already downloaded this App, with a further 200 new downloads happening on a daily basis.’ ‘The Authority is encouraged by the number of individuals that have downloaded and are actively using the application, a sure sign that being connected, any time any place is ever more important.’
The application was originally developed by students participating in the MCA’s student support programme and was later enhanced by Daniel Schembri, a Maltese developer and founder of devIT Ltd. Graduating in Computer Science with a first class honours from the University of Hertfordshire, Daniel currently works as a freelance software consultant in the UK, specialising in Microsoft based technologies. He has worked with Cap Gemini, British Telecom and Toyota GB.