The City of Oswego, NY, located on Lake Ontario, launched a new Smartphone application which allows citizens to identify and report non-emergency civic issues, such as public works, quality of life, and environmental issues. This mobile reporting platform will improve how Oswego delivers services to its residents.

The project was spearheaded by a concerned local citizen, who brought CitySourced to the attention of 6th Ward Councilor, Eric VanBuren.

‘Oswego Mobile’ app allows a user to capture a photo, video, or audio of the problem. The user then uploads the media and, along with GPS location information pulled directly from the device, submits a report directly to the appropriate department. Once a report is submitted, feedback is provided to the user based on the action taken by the department handling the report.

Oswego Mobile App Screen

It’s a neat way to re-engage the public. It’s a nice way to directly interact with us. – Eric VanBuren, Councilor

Using ‘Oswego Mobile’ allows the city to use technology to save time and money, while improving accountability. In addition, the application verifies that the item being reported is within the city boundaries. If there is a pothole, for instance, outside the city boundaries, the GPS tracking service from the device the sender is using will identify the location of the issue being reported and notify the sender.

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