London Windows Phone app helps keep the streets clean

Here's a pretty ingenious way for citizens to use the power of mobile phones, specifically the camera, GPS and internet, to take back their streets.

Giving a quick way for citizens to report vandalism, garbage and other such nuisances, people simply take a photo and upload it to a public message board where the appropriate authorities can then act on it. It's a smart way to get government to be more efficient and for citizens to take part in maintaining the community. As a result, the town has reduced graffiti by 73% and response time has gone from 2 1/2 days to just a 1/2 day--pretty impressive.

Goes to show how technology can really make an impact in people's quality of life. Too bad we can't envision U.S. politicians being so progressive about technology and implementing such a program. Head to the BBC site to see the video of it in action, pretty cool stuff.

Source: BBC; Thanks, Neil

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • "Too bad we can't envision U.S. politicians being so progressive about technology and implementing such a program." True dat, James. ....true dat... =)
  • Janet Napolitano already asks us, if You see something, Say Something.
  • Being a New Yorker (or anyone who's been on our mass transit), I can tell you that phrase pre-dates Napolitano by six or seven years ;-)
  • It's a bit funnier if your a No Agenda podcast listener. I just like to bring it up.
  • Got to love how they managed to completely avoid saying the words "Windows Phone" in the entire news item. You can bet if this was an iPhone app you'd have the words "Apple" and "iPhone" peppered through every other sentence.