February 23, 2011
It was reported yesterday that Quick Response codes (or QR codes for short) will soon be added to building permits in New York City, providing residents who own smart phones with the ability to easily access information related to buildings and construction sites throughout the city.
According to a press release from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, smartphones will scan the QR code in the permit’s upper right corner to access
“details about the ongoing project – including the approved scope of work, identities of the property owner and job applicant, other approved projects associated with the permit, [and] complaints and violations related to the location.”
Apparently, the QR codes will link users to a mobile version of the Department of Buildings Information System, and will allow for the option of initiating a phone call the city’s 311 phone service where complaints regarding noise or safety concerns can be lodged.
Griping made easy!
But this does seem like a logical and helpful application of new technology. In Canada, building permits offer limited information and usually refer readers to a municipal phone number for further inquiries.