In today’s technologically advanced world, it seems like there’s an app for virtually everything. But dog poop? While you try to wrap your head around this, allow us to tell you more about the mobile application named Machi Repo Izumisano Osecho.
A city in Japan launched this mobile app to monitor their dog fouling problems. Specifically, the app allows locals to report dog poop in public areas so that the city authorities can clean it up.
How Does the App Work?
Imagine you’re strolling through a park in Izumisano, a city located in the central Osaka Prefecture. You’re enjoying a nice walk and the sound of the birds in the trees when you look down and notice an unattended pile of dog poop. What do you do?
While some people might choose to pick it up or simply leave it, citizens in Izumisano can now pull out their smart phones and report it to the dog duty patrollers (known as the “Uncollected Poop G-Men”), who will then respond to the area and clean up the mess.
To make the app slightly broader in its functionality, it can also be used to report other city fixtures that need attention such as large potholes, decrepit roads, dangerous bridges or damage caused by storms or natural disasters.
What is the Purpose of the App?
Izumisano has had a dog poop problem for many years. Historically, the city has tried to deal with it by imparting fines and taxes on pet parents as an attempt to encourage them to clean up after their dogs, but these attempts have been largely unsuccessful.
As a result, the city developed the app in hopes that it would help keep track of problem areas and update the G-Men’s patrol routes to include them.
What the App Does for Citizens
In addition to allowing concerned citizens to participate in the city’s quest toward a cleaner environment, the app also goes a long way toward protecting public health. Dog poop can be dangerous, and when allowed to litter public areas like parks or lawns, it can easily promote to the spreading of worms, parasites and diseases.
Large quantities of dog poop can also contaminate bodies of water and create a serious public health risk if left unattended. For this reason, cities can benefit from a focused cleanup effort that removes dog poop and keeps public areas safe for everyone. Fortunately, this is where Izumisano’s “dog crap app” comes in. Although it may seem unconventional, it is an intuitive and technologically advanced way to address an issue faced by cities across the globe.
So, there you have it! While this app might not be one you’re dying to show off to your friends around the dinner table, it is one that serves the important purpose of helping to keep Japan’s public areas safer and cleaner.