The police and Public Prosecutor are launching an app with which victims can investigate crimes themselves. According to the police, citizens are increasingly taking action themselves if they fall victim to a crime. The authorities are trying to respond to this development, and facilitate people in their investigation, with the app. An experiment with this app will start on June 1st in four police units. The experiment will initially only involve victims of robbery or theft, the police said in a statement.
With the help of a new computer system, the Dutch police managed to track down and detain 585 people who still had to serve a prison sentence in the past seven months. A new app allows police officers to immediately check whether someone they stop still have outstanding penalties against them, and immediately take them into custody if they still have to go to prison, AD reports.
Water board Rivierenland launched a new app that shows Netherlands residents exactly how much their home would flood if river- or sea dikes break. Those with the app on their phone can point the camera to his or her living space and see if water would come into their home. If this is the case, the app will show in real time how the water flows into the room and how high it will rise, RTL Nieuws reports.
NS is launching an experiment with a travel planner app that will help travelers find a seat on a busy train. The app, called zitplaatszoeker, shows with the colors green, yellow, or orange how likely you are to find a seat on which cart of the train, RTL Nieuws reports.
The experiment starts on the route between Arnhem and Den Bosch. NS deliberately chose this route because "it often happens that passengers have to stand on one side of the train, while there are still seats on the other side".
When popular fitness app Strava released its Global Heatmap, showing the activities of a billion cyclists and joggers around the world, late last year, the company likely didn't realize that it may also be revealing the location or patrol routes of military or strategic bases. For example, the Global Heatmap shows popular routes walked around a camp in Gao in Mali, where Dutch soldiers are on mission, AD reports.
People in the Netherlands who want a way of recording their sexual partners' explicit consent to various sex acts can now utilize a new blockchain-based app called LegalFling. Launched by Amsterdam software development firm LegalThings on Thursday, the app requests and records explicit mutual consent to sexual contact between different users.
Efteling is launching an experiment in which visitors can book their spot on a roller coaster for a specific time, without paying extra to do so. The amusement park hopes that this will make sure that visitors don't spend too much time waiting in line. "Waiting is the least favorite part of a day at Efteling, this may be the solution", the Kaatsheuvel park said, according to RTL Nieuws.
Dutch rail company NS is working on an expansion for its Travel Planner-app that will tell train passengers where to find empty seats in crowded trains, a spokesperson for NS said to AD. The company hopes that this function will be available from next year.
This idea was thought up by two NS analysts for an internal competition. They proposed using existing sensors, currently used to measure the weight of freight trains, for measuring the weight of passenger trains.
NS launched a new version of their app NS Reisplanner Xtra, which gives travelers the option of buying digital train tickets
Transport company Trandev launched a new taxi service Abel in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Abel is intended to be competition for taxi startup Uber and claims to be half as cheap, because customers can share the taxi with other passengers heading in the same direction
SkinVision, a smartphone app that can analyse and track changes in moles and identify suspicious skin growths like melanomas, has received a 3 million euro investment to expand the app's capabilities.
Groninger Museum launched a new mobile app over the weekend to coincide with the opening of its newest exhibition, "Song Dong, Life is Art, Art is Life." Using the iBeacon technology, the app presents information on artworks and parts of the museum as the visitor walks around the Groningen facility.
The majority of Dutch people has an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to how to perform CPR and most would rather not be the one to do it. The Red Cross calls this lack of knowledge life threatening, precisely because acting quickly can be the difference between life and death.
A new app for smartphones released by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) on Monday allows to check for authenticity of euro banknotes. The app scans the security features and the structure of banknotes to determine if it is genuine.
KPN is developing its own app for a video-on-demand service available to all internet users in the Netherlands regardless of provider. The app called Play by KPN will allow users to watch live television, record it and watch it whenever you like, or watch other VOD content available through the service.
Dating app Tinder started testing the new features of enhanced app Tinder Plus in the Netherlands this week, prompting excitement, annoyance and indifference from its users.
Alternative taxi service Uber has a new competitor launching in Amsterdam. Taxify is entering the marketplace, and will allow customers to order taxis via their smartphone app in a similar fashion.
A new app has been developed that shows people living in The Netherlands what will happen to their flats during a flood. The app, developed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, shows that 60 percent of The Netherlands is at risk of flooding.
Dutch Rail (NS) is working on a new app to improve client experiences with the Public Transport (OV) cards. With this app, people can check and load their card balance via a smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC), ComputerIdee.nl reports.
Today's 'Roze Maandag" (Pink Monday) LGBT-tolerance celebrations in Tilburg will be different than usual, according to mayor Peter Noordanus. The mayor tells Omroep Brabant that the day will be "somber and modest" with respect to the tragedy of the MH17 crash in Ukraine.
The Netherlands Food and Wares Authority (NVWA) has developed a new app to inform consumers of the cleanliness ratings of the restaurants that they visit. This app is available from today and can be accessed with a smartphone as well as through the NVWA website.
The disruptions on Rabobank's internet banking and app should be cleared towards the afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the bank.
Rabobank internet banking is experiencing problems yet again. Customers were not able to access the site nor the app on Thursday.