The Mumbai-based company Linkus Infratech has launched a hyper-local connectivity app called “Bhonga” to connect users to people in their neighbourhood in the city even without an Internet connection.
“Bhonga” is a word in Marathi language that translates to meaning megaphone or loudspeaker.
Anyone can open their phone and send a message that is delivered to other users in the neighbourhood, wherever they are, the company said on Wednesday.
Focusing on security and anonymity, the app only shares location coordinates from where a post originates and it supports voice notes as well as photos. Once the app is downloaded, it automatically lists the user as part of the locality within the radius of one kilometre.
“We think people will like it, we are really excited about it, the app can open up a new channel of communication which can improve the lives of people. It is a digital loudspeaker,” said Radhika Agarwal, Director, Linkus Infratech.
The app is in the process of collaborating with several non-profit partners like blood-banks, ambulances and other services that could help people in emergency situations.
Using Machine Learning, in some time, the app would be able to suggest whether a particular text should be posted in the emergency, offers, queries or other categories, the company added.
The app is available for Android as well as iOS users and supports Hindi and English languages.
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