Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Garcetti 311 iPhone app coming soon!

Today I announced “Garcetti 311,” a new application for iPhones that will allow users to snap and submit photos of potholes, graffiti, and other problems in my council district for the city to address.
The new app empowers Angelenos to improve our neighborhoods by providing a quick, easy way of letting city government know where there are problems that need to be fixed. I’m proud to launch the pilot program in my district.

The application was developed by CitySourced, which held a training for my staff earlier today so that they could learn how to handle requests submitted through the new application.

Through the “Garcetti 311” application, users will be able to report problems for the city to address, including:

· Abandoned bicycles and vehicles

· Deceased animals

· Bulky items

· Graffiti

· Illegal dumping

· Broken sidewalks

· Potholes

· Overgrown trees

The application uses geo-tagging technology to automatically provide the problem’s location, simplifying the reporting process for users. During the year-long pilot program, my staff members will submit the requests to the appropriate city departments for action.

The application will be made available free of charge via iTunes later this month. Within the next three months, CitySourced, powered by FreedomSpeaks.com, also expects to expand availability of the technology to other mobile platforms such as Google Android, Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile.