Voice-Activated Access to Virginia Beach Information is Here

Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on devices for VB Connect app

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

​Looking for job opportunities with the City of Virginia Beach? Need to know your next recycling pick-up day? Now you can just ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Virginia Beach residents have a new, easier and more accessible way to get information about the City. VB Connect, the official mobile app for Virginia Beach City government that connects residents with key information and services, can now be accessed using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

From recent City news items, job listings and events to property information, voting districts and waste collection schedules, City information is just a voice command away. Once residents download the VB Connect skill on their device, they can ask questions to get a variety of City information.

"Our goal is to empower citizens where they are. Whether residents use a smart speaker, smartphone, tablet or a desktop computer, they are able to connect with the City on their preferred device," said Peter Wallace, the City's chief information officer. "This level of convenience reflects our citizen-centric approach and commitment to digital inclusion. As the City expands its digital offerings, we want to include more services that can be delivered through voice technology."

Enabling this access to VB Connect aligns with Virginia Beach's smart city strategy which leverages innovative technology to enhance quality of life for all citizens.

"We recognize that behind each device is a person using these applications – the job seeker, the parent looking for recreational activities for the kids, or the sight-impaired citizen checking on his next recycling collection day," said Julie Hill, the City's communications director. "In the coming months, we'll ask users to provide feedback on their experiences using the new digital assistant app so we can continue to evolve it."

To access the app:

  • Amazon Alexa: Open the Alexa app on the web or via your smartphone and search for VB Connect or click here.
  • Google Assistant: Access VB Connect by giving the command, "open VB Connect," or click here