With the rise of the Internet of Things and connected cities, I'm getting excited about the idea of devices autonomously reporting problems that negatively impact human experiences in cities and towns. The following list includes devices that could feasibly self-report to SCF. If you would like to help bring one of these ideas to life, email me at ben[at]seeclickfix.com or post a comment!
Noise Violations - City noise ordinances are often violated and many affected residents elect to document the problem(s). In NYC this is the top complaint to 311. What if there was a connected device that residents could place in window sills or in public spaces that would automatically submit a report any time an ordinance was broken? Could we start to find the hotspots for severe noise violations and more readily reach resolution?
Water Quality - Residents report water quality issues on SCF as well. What if the tap in an apartment building self-reported water problems and alerted tenants, the building owner, and the water company?
Apartment Heating - Tenants constantly report insufficient heat in large apartment buildings. Check out SCF partner, HeatWatchNYC. What if the heating systems in buildings were configured to automatically submit reports to code enforcement when temperatures fell below required levels?
Water Me - New trees need more attention than mature trees in the summer months. What if soil detectors let city officials, volunteer groups, and nearby neighbors know that a tree was in need of water?
Street Lights - Street light problems are a steady complaint on SCF. If cities and towns used bulbs that connected to a ping system or added a device that could monitor light levels, these external systems could automatically create a SCF ticket when the lights go out.
Garbage Cans - Companies like Big Belly Solar already have already created public trash cans that notify caretakers when they are full. Could someone integrate this concept into the SCF API?
Air Quality - SCF users document pollution problems, soot, and idling vehicles. What if a product like Asthmapolis connected with SCF?
Traffic Safety - We've all seen the expensive speedometers placed on the road for traffic calming. Is there a smaller crowd-owned version of this that integrates into SCF?