New Brunswick

Pothole app created in Fredericton

A new iPhone app has been created to alert municipal officials of potholes in their city.

The new iPhone app automatically alerts municipal officials

A new iPhone app has been created by two University of New Brunswick students and a recent graduate to alert municipal officials of potholes in Fredericton and other cities.

Coady and Drew Cameron think their Totalpave app, which should be ready to launch next year, can save cities tens of thousands of dollars.

The Fredericton brothers, who are fourth year engineering students, and their friend Mark Feero created the app to help cities better maintain roads.

Using GPS and a motion detector, the app sends information about a bad pothole straight to city hall.

"The way we plan on doing this is using an iPhone…to calculate the measurement between bumps and valleys in a roadway," Drew Cameron said.

The application will isolate the point in a road that is degrading.

The app has been under development for six months, and it's a good fit for the brothers.

Coady Cameron matched his civil engineering knowledge with Drew Cameron’s business know-how.

"I've just been learning about this kind of stuff in school and the standard way that they collect this data, it just seems so similar to technology available with smartphones today."

The app won the national Nicol Entrepreneurial Award last month in Ottawa.

The award, founded by businessman Wes Nicol in 1997, is designed to generate and reward interest in entrepreneurship on the part of undergraduate students at participating universities across Canada.