+ Reply
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Your favorite Apple, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Jailbreak, and Cydia site.


Thread: Boston to Use iPhones to Beat Bumps

is a discussion within the

iPhone News

forums, a part of the

General iPhone

section;
Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1630, and as such is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Parts of the city are definitely showing their age, too, as
...
  1. #1
    MMi Staff Writer Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Union Square, Somerville, Mass.
    Posts
    919
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 995 Times in 401 Posts

    Default Boston to Use iPhones to Beat Bumps


    Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1630, and as such is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Parts of the city are definitely showing their age, too, as harsh winters and heavy traffic take their toll, so the city government in this high-tech region - home to corporation like Digital and Raytheon - is looking to the 21st century to help keep the 18th century maze of streets in shape. The city's high-level geek squad is currently working with a researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to create an app that will allow city residents to pinpoint potholes and other road hazards.

    The app, which will be called Boston Urban Mechanic Profiler or BUMP (though the devs behind the popular contacts-sharing app may have something to say about that before they're done) is being developed by Chris Osgood and Nigel Jacob. The two, who are now technology advisors to the mayor of Boston, first got involved in city government through the Boston Urban Mechanics Program (yes, we can see what that spells), a fellowship for people interested in municipal jobs.

    Osgood and Jacob started by creating Citizens Connect, which lets iPhone users point the camera at something that needs fixing - a broken streetlight, for example, or a graffitied wall -and the image is tagged with the phone's GPS coordinates and sent to the nearest public works office. Other cities have similar iPhone programs, according to the Boston Globe, but Citizens Connect is the only one where data goes right from the citizens to the city employees responsible for fixing the problem.

    BUMP (or whatever the city attorneys eventually allow them to call it) will work much the same way. The city's Department of Public Works will receive the reports and will dispatch crews to assess and repair the problems. A concern, though, is that most of the city neighborhoods with the worst maintenance problems are ones where people generally don't carry iPhones. The government is mulling the possibility of giving iPhones to city workers who live in the worse neighborhoods so that they can report on problems themselves.

    Using modern technology to fix old problems is certainly an innovative use of city resources. And now that AT&T has done millions of dollars of infrastructure upgrades in Boston, it might actually work!

  2. #2
    CHUCK-TASTIC battlecrushr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Houston follow @al_da_beast
    Posts
    7,940
    Thanks
    273
    Thanked 1,034 Times in 956 Posts

    thats cooll




    Please know we are praying Kyle (poetic_folly) and Robyn Matthews for your little one.
    You too blkcadi
    Thank You.

  3. #3
    iPhone? More like MyPhone pyromcr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Chicago IL
    Posts
    203
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    great idea, i hope more cities adopt this if it works...

  4. #4
    Green Apple frozenra1n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    45
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    waaaooohhhh

  5. #5
    Livin the iPhone Life steve-z17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    2,234
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 141 Times in 121 Posts

    Boston Rob!!

  6. #6
    Livin the iPhone Life rhekt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,294
    Thanks
    43
    Thanked 65 Times in 53 Posts

    here's an idea. a public worker actually goes out into their community of which they oversee and actually does their own job for a change. allways putting it on the taxpayer to take care of things.
    killall Terminal[]

  7. #7
    Retired Moderator StealthBravo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    TX  Follow me @StealthBravo
    Posts
    32,478
    Thanks
    44
    Thanked 5,328 Times in 3,113 Posts

    If it helps clean up the city then I am all for it

  8. #8
    Livin the iPhone Life rhekt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,294
    Thanks
    43
    Thanked 65 Times in 53 Posts

    well, when it comes down to "ummm...we never repaired that because we were never notified of it" scenario. it makes me wonder why we're even paying them liveable wages.
    killall Terminal[]

  9. #9
    Peanut Brain confucious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Woking
    Posts
    10,260
    Thanks
    138
    Thanked 910 Times in 826 Posts

    When I finally got over the fact that 1630 is considered 'old' in the USA and read the rest of the article I found it was actually quite a good idea - maybe more people could take this up.
    He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.

  10. #10
    Custom Title angiepangie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    The Golden State :)
    Posts
    3,844
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 222 Times in 211 Posts

    ^Perhaps 1630 isn't "old" compared to some dates in Europe, but the government of the United States is actually older than most of the governments of European countries

    It is a nice idea. Not too many potholes in the city I live in but some places.. wow. Hopefully it'll help out
    I always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something

  11. #11
    OS X - excellent enough to put on phones LGgeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Los Gatos, Ca
    Posts
    398
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked 25 Times in 21 Posts

    cool kind of like the ATT "mark the spot" app which allows you to send them dead zone locations from your iphone. not sure why AT&T doesn't see the flawed logic in their thinking.

    This one sounds like something all cities should have, of course assuming the city actually wants to fix things.
    I don't drink kool-Aid, I don't join cults.
    This is why I break out in cold sweat going to Apple retail store.

Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts