Largs will become the first 'smart town' in the world to host traffic lights activated by remote control technology from a mobile phone app.

The long awaited crossing between Douglas Park and Anderson Park will arrive in the spring with the innovative new feature to benefit pedestrians including disabled and visually impaired users.

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But this week, the 'News' can reveal that nearly all the pedestrian crossings on the A78 through Largs will be installed with the new 'Neatebox' technology.

Upon recently visiting the new Inverclyde Sports Centre, Scottish Government Minister for public health Aileen Campbell MSP  told the 'News' that she was very impressed to hear Largs was at the forefront of this new technology.

The new mobile phone app is currently a planned pilot project in Largs, and the company will be fitting the technology into pedestrian crossings in the coming months.

Initially, the boxes will be tested with limited trial groups to test for use and functionality.

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Gavin Neate, CEO for Neatebox said: "This project will bring about a Neatebox "smart town" solution with this technology and Largs will be the first smart town of this kind in the world.

 "The product has been tested at boxes across Edinburgh" 

"This kind of technology will set the benchmark - we were so chuffed when Largs was put forward by road maintenance operators Transerv.  Wow - what an opportunity.

"Kudos to Transerv - they approached us and obviously had their ear to the ground, and asked us if there was any chance whether the new technology was suitable for Largs."

 The new version of the Button app will be available for Andriod as iOS. This will allow for a more inclusive experience for any smartphone user. The Button app is, and always will be, free to the user.

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Gavin added: "Neatebox is a company with inclusivity at its heart. Our motto - ‘The Solution Starts with The People who understand the Problem’ - summarises our belief that our products can improve the user and service teams experience in any environment in which we work."