Posts Tagged ‘app’

CARMAnation is Still Trying to “Disrupt Parking” in Frisco

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Here’s the pitch..

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and here’s the story, from a couple years back.

“lya Movshovich

Hi All,

You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.

I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.

Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”

I wonder how they’re doing.

Cf. SpotOn

Push Polling from the SFMTA: When Waiting for Your Bus, Forget About Tinder – Just Swipe Left or Right on the MUNIMOBILE App

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Good News from Minitrue, Comrades!

MuniMobile Update and an Upcoming Feature: ‘Rate My Ride’

Here’s what “Rate My Ride” will look like. The Barcolounger icon is like a metaphor, man, or something:

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Hey, how about your “work rules,” SFMTA? Can I vote on those? How about a big fat NO for all the work rules you’ve accumulated over the years? Oh no, we just get to vote on inconsequential matters? Like praising your buses for having seats as you metastasize into a 10,000 employee agency?

OK fine.

“Coming Soon: Rate My Ride

Later this summer, MuniMobile will also get a new feature: Rate My Ride.

Rate My Ride will allow you to provide specific feedback about any Muni trip in seconds. With a simple click to the left or right, you can rate your trip time, vehicle conditions and even the etiquette of fellow riders.

Rate My Ride is just one more way we’re making it easier for you to tell us how we can improve your SF transportation experience. Rate My Ride is simple, it’s interactive — plus, you can’t beat MuniMobile’s cute interface.”

Thanks for the “cute interface,” SFMTA!

Does San Francisco Really “Need” a Coyote Mapping Mobile App Tool? – NOT AT ALL – And Yet, Here We Are

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Here you go, one of your purported CIVIC NEEDS:

“Animal Care and Control (ACC): Coyote Mapping Tool

Context: The Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC) is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of San Francisco. Coyotes play an important role in a healthy ecosystem by keeping the rodent population under control. Problems arise when people help coyotes lose their natural fear of humans by feeding and interacting with them and by not using vexing techniques to keep them fearful. Coyote safety is rapidly becoming a hot button issue for communities throughout the City.

Technology Tool: ACC seeks a mobile app that contains helpful information for the public about coyotes and has the ability to mark and map coyote sighting locations in the City and send alerts to the public.”

Or, in other words:

“San Francisco needs a mobile app to monitor coyote sightings…”

So who would install this app, this Foursquare For Specific Canines?*

I don’t know.

I mean, how would you get people to download the app?

And what’s its purpose – to get people to follow the rules here PLUS record recent sightings as if coyotes are at all dangerous?

Hey, is there a Porcine Mapping Tool out there? ‘Cause I have a recent sighting of useless pork barrel spending.

(And then we’re supposed to thank the Tech Bros for all they’ve done for us, now that they’ve “GIVEN BACK?”)

Thank You, Drive Through.

Who’s the Monster, who’s the Visitor?

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*Or is the idea to target frantic citizens who think they’ll be like volunteer spotters during the Battle of Britain only to discover, after reading through the webpage-of-coyote-tips-masquerading-as-an-app part of the app to discover that the Enemy Is Us? Mmmm… That’d be nice, but nobody’s going to download this app. Sry.

Here’s How “Tech” is Going to “Give Back” to Frisco: BY SPYING ON OUR GARBAGE – Will “Bin Sensors” Come to YOUR Recycling?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Here you go, STARTUP IN RESIDENCE (STIR) is a small federal pork program designed to bring together government and startups to explore ways to use technology to make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.

Per this program, one of our “CIVIC NEEDS” is a way for SFGov to:

…track waste disposal more efficiently and effectively and optimize waste collection by using optical or weight measuring sensor technologies…

For better or worse. (Call it the grbg.SPY! 1.0 app, if you want.)

Compare that with this “world-class” plan from 2008:

Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents’ trash to make sure pizza crusts aren’t mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And if residents or businesses don’t separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.

Sadly, the Comments section for this article has been lost in the sands of time, but the reaction was pretty fierce, IIRC. Then the proposed fine for regular citizens got marked down to parking ticket territory and then, like many SFGov trial balloons, it simply went away.

So what we’ve had the past eight years is an education / nagging program, which, per STIR, has “stagnated.”

Last I heard, San Francisco was going to be sending zero (0) tons of garbage to landfills by the year 2020. ZeroWaste or Zero Waste they call it. Now, is this possible? IDK, sure. It’s improbable IRL, but certainly not impossible.

But let’s review. Is STIR pork-barrel spending? Hell yes. Is it lean and mean? No, not at all. (Just click to the next page to see a host of SFGov-types listed.)

But judge for yourself, Gentle Reader.

*Compare that with VisionZero, the plan to magically eliminate all transportation injuries in San Francisco starting in 2024 and continuing forever. That’s just not going to happen.

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de Young Museum Launches Official App – Uses Interactive 3D Mapping and Indoor Positioning Technology – iOS Only, for Now

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

I’ll have to dig up my iPod Touch to check this out sometime:

“de Young Museum Launches Official App

App uses Interactive 3D Mapping & Indoor Positioning Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (October 29, 2015) – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to unveil the official de Young Museum app. The de Young collaborated with Guidekick, a local start-up that offers a mobile application platform focused on visitor experiences to create an app that takes advantage of Apple’s indoor positioning technology to improve visitor experience. The de Young is the first museum to take advantage of this new technology.

“We’re thrilled to help pioneer the future for museum experiences at the de Young here in the innovation capital of the world, San Francisco” said Mark Paddon, CEO of Guidekick. “The stunning architecture was the perfect application for our 3D mapping and new indoor location technologies have allowed us to truly reimagine the ideal visitor experience.”

The de Young Museum app serves as a personal tour guide for museum-goers, featuring a 3D map of the building that pinpoints a visitor’s location to ease navigation and way-finding. The app also offers thematic tours of the permanent collection using images and audio from the museum’s curatorial team. This original content is available exclusively through the app.

The app allows a user to select a thematic tour that carefully leads them to a curated selection of works, or to navigate the galleries more freely, as location-aware alerts notify them when they pass by key artworks. The app includes selections from the museum’s collection of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; early American and contemporary American art; and special features on the unique architecture of the building.

Unlike many audio tours the de Young app automatically triggers content without requiring the visitor to take an additional action, such as typing a number or scanning a code. The app has also been carefully designed to help visitors engage with artwork without visual distraction, and to avoid disrupting the experience of other patrons. Users put the phone to their ear to trigger the recording, which then plays privately, mirroring the receiving of a phone call.

The app also offers insights into the visitor experience, helping the de Young to build richer, more tailored experiences for visitors.

“Our museums are determined to take best advantage of the Bay Area’s strong focus on technological innovation,” said Gary Castro, chief information officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “We’ve already begun work on an app for the de Young’s sister museum, the Legion of Honor, and our experience here will help inform the development of all kinds of new digital tools.”

Download the app.

OMG, the New SFMTA “MUNIMobile” Fare App is Here! – Beta Testing Now, Release in November! – Deets from Famous Akit!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Famous Akit is helping to test MUNI’s brand-new app.

It looks like this:

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All the deets! From our SFMTA! (You know, they really like EXCLAMATION POINTS over there, wow!)

“The SFMTA is excited to introduce MuniMobile: the mobile ticketing app for smartphones coming soon!

MuniMobile enables customers to purchase and use transit fares across the Muni system: bus, rail, cable car and Paratransit.

Buy Muni tickets and passes in advance or on-the-go! With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. There’s no longer need to carry exact change or rely on fare vending machines to ride.

The app will include the following features:

Ability to purchase, store and use single or multiple Muni fares on one mobile device

Allow passengers to pay for single-ride fares, cable car rides, and one-day, three-day and seven-day passports

Industry-leading security to protect personal information and payments

Multi-language support

Responsive eCommerce website for online ticket purchases

Beta testing update: we’re received over 1,600 applicants for the Beta phase of MuniMobile – wow!

Thank you for the tremendous support!

For those who did not sign up in time or were not selected to participate in this phase, don’t worry. The public launch is right around the corner next month.”

“GREAT HIGHWAY CLOSED WHEN FLASHING” Sign Finally Lit Up – The Road Wasn’t Actually Closed, But Anyway

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Perhaps these new signs could be plugged into a Waze or Google Maps app?

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SFMTA MUNI Bus Stop Ad Mocks Other SFMTA MUNI Ads: “EAT24 – THE #1 WAY TO TELL HUNGER TO SHUT THE FUCK UP” – EAT24

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

So let’s see how haha this is to you, Gentle Reader.

Here’s a typical public service ad at a SFMTA stop in the Western Addition:

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You see them at about this time of year, fine.

Comes now “Eat24,” also seen in the Western A on the same day, to say:

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OK fine, Eat24.

So haha, I guess.

Harsh: “DON’T GET HAMMERED – TAKE A TAXICAB” – Oh Uber, Will You Ever Win?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This of course is a reference to a very unfortunate incident.

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Uh Oh: The “Parking Angels” App is Coming – Something Like This Could Cost the Corrupt SFMTA MUNI DPT a Lot of Money

Monday, August 4th, 2014

What’s this, a way for people to band together against our corrupt SFMTA?

You tell me, Gentle Reader

Hey, what would you do if you knew you were spilling tens of thousands of gallons of petroleum into our San Francisco Bay?

Our SFMTA had a question like this. It failed. Oh well. See below.

Guess what, our SFMTA now wants you to vote yourself a rent increase in order to give it more money. You’ll have your chance to vote on it November 4th, 2014.

Ah memories:

SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency following federal violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

On the page:

Overview and Location of Facilities

The City and County of San Francisco is a municipality organized under the laws of California that operates the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (“SFMTA”) and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”). The SFMTA operates a diverse fleet of trolley cars, street cars, light rail, alternative fuel vehicles and 495 diesel buses that are serviced and re-fueled at facilities owned and operated by the SFMTA. The SFPUC provides water, wastewater and municipal power services.

Between November and December 2005, approximately 940 barrels (39,488 gallons) of red dye diesel fuel were discharged from one of the Municipality’s underground storage tanks (USTs) at the John M. Woods Motor Coach Facility (Woods Motor Coach Facility). The diesel spread through a piping system into a storm drain, through wastewater collection piping to a pump station, into Islais Creek and eventually San Francisco Bay.

The discharge was caused by a ruptured hose. The leak continued for several days, as sensors, flashers and alarm reports and other leak indicators were ignored. This failure by SFMTA to comply with federal requirements for the management of USTs resulted in the release of diesel fuel and Clean Water Act discharge and pretreatment violations.

After this spill, EPA conducted inspections at several of SFMTA’s facilities and identified violations of EPA’s spill prevention regulations at three of them: Flynn, Kirkland, and Marin.

The five facilities covered by this settlement are in the City and County of San Francisco:

  • Woods Motor Coach Facility – 1095 Indiana Street
  • Flynn Motor Coach Facility – 15th and Harrison Street
  • Kirkland Motor Coach Facility – 151 Beach Street
  • Marin Fuel Stand – 1399 Main Street
  • Southeast Water Collection System Pump Station”