QR Codes in NYC

I recently saw two very interesting developments on the QR code front, both great uses of the technology. First, the Dept. of Buildings is adding QR codes to the permits to let people look up lots of additional information about that construction site. Second, the NYC Council just passed a bill to require restaurants to post QR codes to pull up info like their letter grades issued by the Dept. of Health.

QR Codes Unlocking Secrets of NYC Building Permits

http://enr.construction.com/technology/information_technology/2012/0810-secrets-of-new-york-city-building-permits-unlocked-with-qr-codes.asp

MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR GOLDSMITH AND BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER LIMANDRI ANNOUNCE USE OF QUICK RESPONSE CODES ON CONSTRUCTION PERMITS TO PROVIDE INSTANT ACCESS ON SMARTPHONES TO PROPERTY AND PROJECT DATA 

http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.c0935b9a57bb4ef3daf2f1c701c789a0/index.jsp?pageID=mayor_press_release&catID=1194&doc_name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fom%2Fhtml%2F2011a%2Fpr058-11.html&cc=unused1978&rc=1194&ndi=1

… New Yorkers will be able to scan the QR code of any construction permit and instantly learn 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, the complaints and violations related to the location and user will have the ability to click a link that will initiate a phone call to 311 to make a complaint…

Includes a sample QR code that takes you here: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsMobiServlet?requestid=0&passjobnumber=104921514

New York City Council passes bill to require restaurants to post ‘quick response’ codes so smartphone users can instantly pull up info about business

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-council-passes-bill-require-restaurants-post-quick-response-codes-smartphone-users-instantly-pull-info-business-article-1.1167452

Sample QR Code URL: http://council.nyc.gov/html/home/cafelayers.html

New York is going to start putting QR codes on city permits

http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/new-york-is-going-to-start-putting-qr-codes-on-city-permits-1.4035187

Starting next fall, the data from some city agencies can be accessed with QR codes posted on the permits. Here is what you would find if you scanned those tags:

Construction sites: Scanning a building permit QR code would give the details of the permit as well as any complaints and violations issued against the project.

Restaurants: In addition to the letter grade, the webpage would give the number of times the eatery has been inspected, all the details about past violations.

Day Care Centers: The Department of Health currently lists all the day care centers it certifies on its website. There, parents can find information on violations as well as inspections.

– Randall Noval

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