Pittsburgh gets its own iPhone app

Pittsburgh City Council member Bill Peduto and YinzCam Inc. have announced the first iPhone app specifically designed for the residents of a major US city to keep in touch with their government.

From the App Shopper site:

Using their iPhones, Pittsburghers can take photographs of incidents (such as potholes, traffic gridlock, etc.), and have these automatically geotagged and submitted instantly to the City for resolution and handling.

While this seems like small potatoes, Peduto states that three more “e-democracy” applications are due later this year, and there are plans to expand iBurgh across platforms to include other phones as well.

While it’s touted as a way to point out traffic problems, the upcoming G20 summit may also be a major venue to use the app as a way to alert authorities to vandalism and illegal protests, or conversely, to monitor and report police activity against protesters.

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Posted on August 20, 2009, in Local, Tech News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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