The New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on February 22nd the launch of a program incorporating QR codes, short for quick response, on all building permits issued by the city. The initiative, a first in the U.S., aims to provide its residents with instant access to information related to buildings and construction sites.
By downloading a free application on their smartphones, New Yorkers will be able to scan the QR codes of all building permits and have instant access to details regarding the current project. Among the information provided, the scope of ongoing work but also the identity of the owner and the company in charge of construction, not to mention a list of complaints related to the work. Finally, each user will have access to a telephone number that will allow him or her to file a complaint.