Mary­land Fish­ing Re­port now avail­able on Ama­zon Echo

The Dundalk Eagle - - BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY -

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced that it is ex­pand­ing its com­mu­ni­ca­tions chan­nels and ser­vices to in­clude Ama­zon Echo.

Through a partnership with NIC Mary­land, the de­part­ment will now of­fer the Mary­land Fish­ing Re­port, which pro­vides an­glers with the lat­est fish­ing hotspots, catch of the week, wa­ter and weather con­di­tions and more, as an Alexa Skill.

An­glers can use the new Skill on a de­sired Ama­zon de­vice by sim­ply say­ing “Alexa, open Mary­land Fish­ing Re­port.” Then they can choose to hear the en­tire fish­ing re­port or in­for­ma­tion for spe­cific ar­eas or re­gions, in­clud­ing the up­per, mid­dle or lower Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, fresh­wa­ter fish­ing or At­lantic Ocean and coastal bays.

The skill ag­gre­gates ex­ist­ing de­part­ment con­tent, pro­vid­ing an en­hanced user ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I am very proud that we are ex­pand­ing our com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices to in­clude smart speaker tech­nol­ogy,” Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Mark Bel­ton said. “The new Alexa Skill is tes­ta­ment to our abil­ity to keep pace with both tech­no­log­i­cal change and cus­tomer pref­er­ences.

“Be in the know be­fore you go with the Mary­land Fish­ing Re­port! Get ex­pert fish­ing ad­vice and tips right from the source and in­crease your chances for suc­cess.”

“The de­part­ment con­tin­ues to be a tech­no­log­i­cal evan­ge­list, in­no­va­tor and pioneer, utiliz­ing var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing tools, in­clud­ing a com­pre­hen­sive email ser­vice, mo­bile app and now Ama­zon Alexa, to con­nect and en­gage with our cus­tomers,” Bel­ton said. “I look for­ward to in­cor­po­rat­ing this tech­nol­ogy in more of our ser­vices in the near fu­ture.”

The Alexa Skill was de­vel­oped for the state of Mary­land at no cost by NIC Mary­land, through a statewide, self-funded dig­i­tal gov­ern­ment master ser­vices agree­ment with the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

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