Culver City’s iPhone App Connects Local Govt. and Citizens
One Southern California city has found a way to put technology to good use by letting citizens report issues to the local government through an iPhone application. The program is called the Culver City Connect mobile app and it lets any iPhone user open the app, take a picture of an issue that needs fixing – say potholes or graffiti – and the GPS and camera features of the iPhone will report the location so that problems can be reported without citizens having to visit City Hall or make a phone call. Efficiency and speed seem to be the most beneficial aspects of this new app, as the picture is automatically sent to the person who is responsible for fixing whatever issue needs to be addressed. Better yet, the application is a free download at the iPhone App Store. If the new app proves its usefulness, then perhaps more cities will be eager to adopt the same technology in order to save time and money and to show local governments are up to speed with the conveniences such technology can provide.