More of one million 250 thousand Cubans have the mobile application installed Cola.cu that regulates queues and customer purchases in stores of the Caribe and Cimex chains in Havana, according to official sources.
With the software, the organizer can identify if a customer has recently registered in any other queue to limit their access to the chosen store and “benefit” other buyers, explained a note from the official portal Cubadebate.
Since the launch of the app in September 2020, more than 250 thousand people have benefited from the detection of “recent buyers”, according to the software development team.
Cola.cucreated by the José Antonio Echeverría Technological University of Havana (CUJAE), has a mobile version that daily manages the queue in a specific store, and a desktop version that “allows unifying all the information of the stores where it is established” .
As if it were a great achievement, the official media revealed that in more than two years of exploitation in all the municipalities of Havana, more than 130,000 queues have been managed in 700 stores.
The report explained that this “automated system record purchase history and allows us to identify the frequency with which people go to these facilities, as well as the products they buy”.
With the display of the history, the “recent buyers” of a certain product are detected to reject its addition to the queue and prioritize customers who have not obtained the product in question.
“Taking into account the rules established by the Municipal Defense Council, the apk allows limit the entry of the same person to a set of stores during the set time. Control of the movement of people and the demand for products is also achieved, allowing CDMs to make decisions about adjustments in distribution,” he assured. Cubadebate.
According to the note, the depressed supply for Cubans in the midst of the current economic crisis must be regulated based on work rules “dynamically approved by the Defense Councils of each municipality”, to determine the frequency of purchase of highly demanded products. like chicken or detergent.
The creators of the app develop a second version that will have the possibility of connecting to the cloud “to achieve the exchange of information without the need for physical files”, since the current one operates disconnected from the network and the data is synchronized daily through file sharing.
Although the implementation of Cola.cu It was proposed to put an end to “the hoarders, coleros and resellers”, long lines are formed every day in the Cuban capital, and throughout Cuba, to try to reach the offers that appear in the stores.
In the future, they intend that the application can be used “in any region where several establishments are concentrated and people are free to buy from them.”
From the start of operations on September 1, 2020, it was strictly determined that people they could not buy in municipalities outside their place of residence.
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