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NEW APP TRACKS INSPECTORS

Pompano Beach has introduced a new app called "Where's my inspector?" that wil help residents track the status of their city inspector.

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By Marie Puleo

The city has just launched a new interactive online service – called “Where Is My Inspector?” – for residents and business owners who have scheduled a building, fire or landscape inspection and want to keep track of the inspector’s route and estimated arrival time. The new service is accessible through the “My Pompano” mobile app and the city’s website (pompanobeachfl.gov/inspector).

The new service is the result of the City’s first ever Civic Hackathon, held in April at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The day-long event was organized by the City’s IT Department, in collaboration with the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and Code for Fort Lauderdale (an organization of computer programmers for the public good). The event brought together participants from around the area, including students from Blanche Ely High School and residents of Pompano Beach.

Nine teams were challenged to tackle common issues related to permits, inspections and properties, and come up with solutions that would benefit residents. The winning idea was “Where is My Inspector?”

Residents and business owners can enter a permit number to see a map pinpointing the building inspector’s route for the day, the places already visited, and an estimated time frame of when to expect the inspector at their location. On the inspector’s side, a route with the daily inspections will automatically be created using MapQuest.

In the future, the service might also be used for engineering inspections, according to the City’s Chief Information Officer Gene Zamoski.

The City plans to hold another Civic Hackathon next April, and to make it a yearly event, said Zamoski.

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