Why do societies need a hyperlocal information repository?

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that technology can play a key role in helping each other and accessing assistance in times when face-to-face interactions are best avoided. An aggregator of crucial information such as emergency contacts, contacts for medical assistance, details of service providers, and vendors for essential goods all within close reach is ideal for any neighborhood. As proximity plays a key role in access to resources during times of quarantining, lockdowns, numerous state- and self-imposed restrictions, a hyperlocal information repository is pivotal in helping communities get on with day-to-day life. 

But first, what is hyperlocal?

Hyperlocal refers to information that is related to a defined community. The main focus of this is to address the specific needs of the people belonging to that specific geographic location.  Though the term has been around for decades, originating in the 1990s referencing local television news content, hyperlocal is now often associated with the use of mobile phone apps and GPS technology to provide users with area-specific content. 

Why is a hyperlocal information repository important?

Today, MyGate community management apps provide users with a space to contribute to and reference important contacts with its ‘Infocentre’ feature. In a single directory, members of the same housing society or gated community have access to a wealth of information related to services in and around their neighbourhood.       

Maintaining and contributing to a repository of hyperlocal information is an ideal way to build community connections and lend a helping hand to neighbours as well as local vendors, service persons and businesses. All useful information and recommendations of goods and services available locally can be found via one dedicated platform, making access convenient and quick.

The main benefits of a hyperlocal information repository

In case of emergency

Local doctors, dentists, pediatricians, specialists and emergency services can all be listed in one place, making finding appropriate medical help quick and hassle-free. For residents who have moved to a new neighbourhood, an information repository with good medical contacts is a huge boon to set their minds at ease and be prepared in case of an accident or illness.      

Supporting locals vendors

India has a huge unorganised market of vendors and service persons. These sellers are often on the move around the neighbourhood, going where their clients need them, and depend largely on word of mouth for business. With a local directory, finding tried-and-tested services through recommendations is a breeze for residents, while helping vendors sustain their businesses in these trying times. 

Supporting home businesses 

If you are looking for online or outdoor classes or a good tiffin service, you can also browse through your neighbourhood directory to find something conveniently located and support your local talent. Home business owners too can post their goods or services for sale, giving them exposure to thousands of potential clients. 

Get household services to your home 

From cleaning services such as rug shampooing and deep cleaning for the home to beauty needs such as facials and pedicures, residents are able to find rated businesses and service staff who are close-by to book home appointments. You can have your TV repaired or your table fixed without having to step out of your home and go to a store.     

Perhaps the best part of a hyperlocal information repository that is available online is that each entry can be rated, rewarding local businesses for quality and good service. At the same time, it provides residents with a wealth of information and ratings to make informed decisions. 

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