North Lakes’ FlowBiz Working for Better Mobile Coverage across Moreton Bay

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The Moreton Bay Regional Council has teamed up with FlowBiz, a small-to-medium enterprise based in North Lakes, to identify which areas across Moreton Bay have problematic mobile coverage. Through this partnership, the council aims to provide better mobile infrastructure across the region’s rural and remote areas.

Mayor Allan Sutherland explained that most of the residents and workers in remote areas are experiencing blackspots despite previous budgets that have been allocated to address the problem.

“We have more than 25,000 businesses in Moreton Bay, and it’s simply unfair for those businesses in rural areas – our farmers and agri-businesses – to have to put up with sub-par mobile connections. It’s also not just businesses that suffer, it’s local residents who struggle to get a phone signal to make important calls or stay in touch with loved ones”, Mayor Sutherland said during the announcement.

Flowbiz is a company that provides unique and customisable technological solutions. For its partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the company will utilise mobile app technology.

This mobile app will be installed on the phones and tablet devices of council maintenance crews. The crews shall then periodically test the mobile signal strength in the area, relay their information to Flowbiz which will later on use the data to categorize and mapped out the areas with the sub-par connections. This map will be made available for the public.

Flowbiz CEO Terry Sinkinson explained that all members of the community can in fact participate in this initiative. All they have to do is download the free app from SigMap. The app will get accurate data from mobile telephone carriers as it records changes in signals whilst the users go from one place to another. In an instant that the app detects a low signal, it automatically sends this data to the SigMap server. All data retrieved will be utilised for the initiative and subsequently for officials to decide either to troubleshoot the existing mobile infrastructure or build an entirely new mobile tower.