Adelaide reports Aussie first with community map app

Adelaide has become Australia’s first city to give its residents the power to instantly report community concerns – such as graffiti or busted street lights – with a click of their smartphones.

Using a world-leading technology called CitySourced – available from digital mapping specialists MapData Services – the Adelaide City Council smartphone app lets users send multimedia reports about city maintenance issues directly to the Council’s customer service centre.

MapData Services General Manager Cassandra Barker said the technology opened up an exciting new channel for residents to help clean up their communities.

“It’s an incredibly powerful tool that residents can use to send on-the-ground reports about what’s happening in their communities – all in the blink of an eye,” Ms Barker said.

“Users simply capture photos, video or audio of the problem, and then press submit to send the information directly to Council.

“Their reports are geo-tagged to automatically provide the issue’s location, which makes reporting easier for users and increases reliability for service crews.

“The technology also sends the user confirmation that their report has been received and also when the job’s been updated or completed – so it’s increasing accountability and transparency for the Council as well.”

Ms Barker said the same technology has already been used successfully for similar apps in dozens of major US cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.

“CitySourced has been highly successful overseas and Adelaidians should be proud they are driving its use here in Australia,” Ms Barker said.

“The fact that Australia has more smartphone users per capita than any other country in the world, besides Singapore, means it’s only a matter of time before these apps start appearing in communities right across the nation.”

Adelaide City Council Business Solutions Team Leader Sonjoy Ghosh said residents were using the app to log a range of issues.

“Users have been including photographs of damaged lighting in the city parklands, right through to design deficiencies in public assets – for example, a tap that is too high for children to reach in a playground.

“It’s been great to see the technology create a positive, collaborative experience that gives citizens a sense of ownership of their community.”

The app, named ‘Report It’, is a free download available at:
www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/community/adelaide-report-it-smartphone-app
 

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