Remember when we covered the BBC coverage of Windows Phone (among other platforms) aiding in the battle against vandalism (opens in new tab), fly-tipping and more? Well we're back with another video going into slightly more depth about Love Clean Streets and Windows Azure working together.
Councils across the UK as well as boroughs in London can make use of this technology to provide the public with some power with alerting appropriate authorities for quick responses in keeping Britain streets clean. As explained in the video above with Medway, all entries are categorized, location pinned and available for viewing by personnel who can co-ordinate a response.
Can it get any better? Actually, yes. Once the vandalism has been dealt with, fly-tipping cleared and graffiti washed, the authorities can take a photo of the cleaned area and the member of the public who filed the report will receive confirmation that the problem has been looked into.
You can download Love Clean Streets (opens in new tab) from the Marketplace for nothing at all.
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Nice. Is there anything like this set up in the US of A? If not, there definately should be.
I live in Melbourne, Australia, and contacted Love Clean Streets about getting service here. The local councils were very supportive and eager. But it seems to use LCS, there is a large, annual fee involved. Other apps already on iPhone and Android already work throughout the area and operate without consultation or setup, and absolutely free. I don't see why LCS is so expensive.
Hi,I am the CEO of Love Clean Streets - just thought I'd clear a few point up.The service can currently be used anywhere in the world for free - there is no setup or consultation needed - just download the apps and start posting. We will ensure that the report gets to the correct person in the correct authority.Also there is never any cost at all for the user who is posting the report (apart from possible network charges on their phone). If an authority wants to have the system branded for them and have a suite of mobile apps, also branded to go with it (e.g. Lovemedway.co.uk), then that is where the cost is. This also alows them to integrate into their back-end systems and streamline the process even further. This is not an unreasonalble cost to the authority and is detailed on in our pricelist which you can download from http://bbits.co.uk/love-clean-streets; the reporting member of the public still uses the free apps. In fact most authorities see bigger savings than costs in using the system (as mentioned by the Medway in the video above)Chicken7 - it may be have been me you contacted re Australia - is it James? - I'd be happy to continue the conversation because it seems I may not have made it clear that you can use the system now for free, which is absolutely the case.Kind regards,Ian Blackburn
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