BevQ: Kerala new liquor app reportedly gets google’s nod launch expected soon
The BevQ app allegedly generates e-tokens that must be shown at a liquor store to purchase alcohol.
BevQ, a virtual queue management app for liquor sales in Kerala, has reportedly received Google’s permission to go live on the Play Store. This report has been given by Kerala State Beverages Corporation (BEVCO) and according to the report, developed by a Kochi-based startup called Faircode Technologies Private Limited. It has also been reported that through the app, the Kerala government wants to manage congestion at liquor shops amidst the coronavirus epidemic. The ‘early access’ version of the BevQ app was life this morning, however, it is no longer available on the Google Play Store.
What is BevQ?
According to a report by Manorama Online, the BevQ app will essentially be used to create e-tokens for the sale of liquor in Kerala which will resume from Thursday. Similar to the e-token system launched by the Delhi government to manage congestion outside liquor shops amid the epidemic, it will reportedly direct customers to nearby outlets based on GPS location.
It is also indicated that the app can handle more than 35 lakh users/bookings simultaneously. Talking more about the development of the BevQ app, CEO of Faircode Technologies, M.G.K. Vishnu has told The Print that the company is in the process of making the app available for download.
Vishnu told online media outlets, “In addition to the backend technical process for uninterrupted operation of the app, it is necessary to train employees at certain liquor outlets such as liquor outlets to deal with potential bottlenecks.”
How does BevQ work?
According to Manorama Online, customers who place their orders through the app will first receive an e-token with a QR code on their mobile phone. This token will be scanned by the liquor store licensee after which the liquor will be handed over to the customer.
Users who do not have an e-token will not be able to buy liquor. Additionally, people living in the Red Zone cannot purchase liquor or book slots using the BevQ app. E-Token can be obtained through the SMS method and more information can be obtained from the State Government.
When will the BevQ app be available?
It has been reported that the proposal for approval to Google was submitted by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team last week, and the app will be able to download “soon”. It is unclear whether the app will reach iOS devices.
The ‘early access’ version of the app was reportedly live this morning, however, it has now disappeared from the Google Play store. Meanwhile, a fake app is circling the Google Play store and was already downloaded by more than 10,000 users.
After this development, the residents of the state resorted to the internet to express their happiness. Many users started commenting on Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s profile, thanking them for approving the app, and not being involved in the Pichai approval process.