Chicago ward superintendents to use BlackBerry smartphones to issue tickets for violations

By Michelle Haag on 30 Oct 2011 05:28 pm EDT
Chicago ward superintendents to use BlackBerry smartphones to issue tickets for violations

The east coast got hit with the first snow of the season this weekend, which means lot of work for people, including shoveling or snow blowing their driveways and sidewalks. In Chicago, if you don't get rid of that snow you can face a fine of up to $100, thought the ordinance hasn't always been enforced as the process involved wasn't all that reliable. So, what does this have to do with BlackBerry?

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is leaning towards using "mobile electronic ticketing". Chicago's 50 ward superintendents all have a BlackBerry, so all they have to do now is snap a picture of the property in violation (whether it be snow that is not removed, overgrown weeds, etc), fill in the electronic ticket, and email it all to the Law Department for processing. “We’re not doing title searches anymore. We’re not doing any type of real documentation on a lot. The GPS coordinates tell you the true coordinate, which saves a whole lot of time,” Commissioner Tom Byrne said.

The previous system involved physical pictures being stapled to a paper ticket which was then mailed off to the Law Department for a title search to determine who the property belongs to. This new system would cut the time and man hours involved in this process, and hopefully help the city crack down on all those violations.

Thanks for sending this in Silvia!

Source: Chicago Sun Times

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Chicago ward superintendents to use BlackBerry smartphones to issue tickets for violations


kudos to RIM! this is how a BB is designed for. hopefully Chicago will be a better place to live with a cleaner street to walk or to drive on. yeah, bring it on RIM!! BANG THE OTHERS!

Yvpan1, I live in Chicago and its a bad idea because our poor choice of a mayor decided to get money for the city by shaking us upside down.

You need to go to New York for a couple days. Not only is everything more expensive, but far more dirtier and less well kept than Chicago. I'm happy to see our city adopt technology like this and have no problem paying a few cents more per dollar on sales to support it.

How does GPS or a picture tell them who the property belongs to anymore than the old system did? This article is missing an important piece of information to make sense.

GPS coordinates is not always correct tho.
but still sounds like a very good idea.
Just like how the IPAD is used in resturants as menu and ordering system.

Can someone hand me a teabag, so I can smack the teaboy for talking about his excitement over a plain cheezy use for an Ifad? I can't imagine how tacky a restaurant could be. Or maybe the teabag likes kitch?

Wow. Blackberrys as extortion tools. Great. One more reason I would never dream of living in a sesspool like Chicago or New York.

What a terribad idea. GPS never worked for my Blackberries. It's one of the reasons I jumped ship.

I hope that the city uses the newer Blackberries.