The scan capability of smartphones is opening up all kinds of new applications.
It’s interesting to see older technology, like bar codes, increase in use because of such a new form of technology: smartphones. In New York, that’s exactly what’s happening:
New Yorkers may soon be able to wave their cell phones over restaurant letter grades to see if mouse droppings or dangerous food temps are to blame for a less-than-stellar score.
“The Health Department is exploring the possibility of putting bar codes on restaurant letter grades that would take consumers directly to a restaurant’s latest [inspection] results,” spokeswoman Erin Hughes said.
But, Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials plan on more:
- The Buildings Department would place bar codes on construction permits to access details about the project, the building and whether the owner has been fined for code violations.
- Use bar codes to help tourists get information about attractions, even bar codes near statues to provide information about sculptors.
- The Sanitation Department has bar codes on the sides of its trucks that leads to an ad about recycling.
- Parks & Recreation are kicking around the idea of using bar codes to help people book playing times at tennis courts or ball fields.
How high tech is your city or church?
[via New York Daily News]