City unveils web apps for traffic, tsunami sirens, art


CityView by Code For America Honolulu 2012If you’re interested in avoiding traffic snarls, providing feedback regarding tsunami sirens, or finding the statue of Israel Kamakawiwoole, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) says there are “apps for that.”

DIT has partnered with software developers to put key information in the hands of smartphone and computer users. “We are using mobile applications to provide useful information for the public and make them aware of what is happening around them in a timely manner. It’s exactly what a 21st Century city is supposed to do,” said Mayor Peter Carlisle.

The new applications include:

  • RouteView
    Gives drivers the opportunity to avoid traffic jams by viewing traffic cameras along their route, before they get into their vehicle.
  • Adopt-A-Siren
    Allows users to adopt a tsunami siren in their neighborhood. They will take responsibility for the siren by checking to ensure its functuality and report on the status of the siren to the City. The application also allows users to name their siren and receive an email notification alerting them when the siren will be tested.
  • MOCA Public Art Finder
    Gives users the location of public art on display at City sites based on the GPS location of your phone or computer.

“The launch of these applications, and the way in which they were developed and implemented, shows how the City and County of Honolulu is leading in its use of technology to work directly with citizens,” said Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America. “By using lightweight, innovative approaches, reusing existing software, and building deeper connections with residents, Honolulu is creating real value and strengthening the fabric of the city.”

“These applications were created to save residents and visitors time, offer convenience, be more civically involved, and be aware of what is around them,” said Mick Thompson, a 2012 Code for America Fellow working with the City & County of Honolulu this year.

These new applications are available on the City’s transparency website that also includes DaBus, Honolulu 311, and Tsunami Evacuation Zone applications. “We continue to roll out new applications to help City residents and visitors get information quickly,” said Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of DIT. “We are constantly working with our development partners to make information more accessible to users.”

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