India: The high-level task force on solid waste management in Goa has approved the creation of a smartphone app –Black Spot Mobile Application to ensure that data about garbage blackspots are mapped and cleared across the state.
The authority felt the need of a mobile-based black spot tracker to monitor garbage dumping sites.
How the application works
When a resident notices a blackspot he has to turn on the GPS, open the application and click the photo of that particular spot. The captured photo will contain metadata and will be geo- tagged. Then the app’s software will process the data and identify the jurisdiction. After some time an SMS and email will be sent to the village panchayat or municipal body to pick up the garbage.
According to the policy document, “The emergence of smartphones and their utility value has been well understood and the solid waste management cell has proposed the mobile-based application to deal with the menace of ‘Black Spots’ appearing in various locations across the state.”
The proposed app will function on smartphones running the Android, iOS and Windows operating system.
“This shall help identify the location of the black spot,” said an official. The app’s software will process the data and identify the jurisdiction in which the black spot is located. An SMS and email alert will then be sent to the village panchayat or municipal body to pick up the garbage.
“The local body will clear the black spot, identify the perpetrator if possible, levy the fine and send a photo of the cleared area to the user,” the policy document further states.
In addition, the task force has proposed that Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation should design and implement a management information system to analyze the quantum of waste generated.