Arkansas.gov’s secure mobile payment service has quickly become one of the state’s most popular smartphone-enabled features. Since launching earlier this year, http://arkansas.gov/mhas processed more than 2,000 payments for a variety of state and local government services. Arkansas became the first state to provide secure payment processing specifically for smartphone users, and the Arkansas.gov mobile Web site is part of the official state website.
Citizens can submit secure mobile payments via any smartphone device for inmate trust account deposits, probation and parole supervision and restitution payments, and property tax payments in 26 counties across the state. The Department of Correction’s inmate deposit service has been especially popular, with more than 1,300 secure payments processed so far.
“We have found that an increasing number of citizens are using smartphones as their primary communication channel,” said Janet Grard, General Manager of the Information Network of Arkansas. “For many users, their only connection to the internet is their mobile smartphone. We are very pleased with the high number of mobile transactions processed and are excited to offer optimized mobile payments for several of our high-volume services.”
Arkansas.gov’s mobile applications provide a convenient, simple, and secure option for users to access government services and are available on all smartphone operating platforms, including iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm.
Arkansas is among the most progressive states in delivering mobile-friendly government solutions, and the Arkansas.gov mobile suite includes several innovative solutions. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Voter View application has supported more than 55,000 visits and uses mapping mashups to allow registered voters to find their polling location for any primary, runoff, or general election. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mobile Game Check service provides real-time game tagging on mobile devices including a separate native iPhone App available in the iTunes App Store. The state also provides mobile smartphone and iPhone apps for the Arkansas.gov Web site and the Recovery.Arkansas.gov stimulus funding search.
Arkansas.gov’s mobile applications will render on any smartphone device based on the specific device’s screen size and capabilities, which makes government information and services even more convenient and accessible. All credit card mobile payments are processed through Arkansas.gov’s secure transaction system.