May 20, 2011 in Navigation (E)
[prMac.com] Ann Arbor, Michigan - Independent software development team appforthat today is pleased to introduce NYCsmokeOUT 1.0 for iOS, their new app designed to help smokers comply with NYC's Smoke-Free Parks, Beaches, Boardwalks, and Pedestrian Plazas Law, which takes effect on May 23, 2011. The app automatically detects the user's location and provides precise information regarding the location and boundaries of outdoor No-Smoking Zones. NYCsmokeOUT provides visual feedback and friendly notifications for both smoking and non-smoking New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. Smokers will now know where they can and cannot smoke outdoors. Non-smokers can help the City achieve its' goal of citizen-enforcement by alerting violators of the presence of No-Smoking Zones. Included are thousands of outdoor, public spaces where smoking will now carry a fifty-dollar fine.
According to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, smoking will be prohibited in the following areas:
* All New York City parks except median strips
* Beaches and boardwalks
* Public golf courses
* Sports stadia grounds
* Pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square
* Smoking continues to be prohibited in playgrounds, pools, and inside stadia
The Department has issued some guidelines. "Smoking will be allowed on sidewalks outside parks, including sidewalks that form the perimeter of parks. For example, smoking will be allowed on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue outside Central Park. Smoking is permitted in the parking lots of all Parks properties. Even though medians in the middle of large streets such as Broadway are under the jurisdiction of Parks, they are mainly used to cross the street so smoking by pedestrians would be permitted to continue in these areas."
NYCsmokeOUT provides authoritative information regarding the location, extent, and boundaries of outdoor No-Smoking Zones. As such, it can serve as a reference for smokers seeking to comply with the new law, as well as non-smokers hoping to help with enforcement. Both Chicago and Los Angeles, which have instituted similar policies, have found that public self-enforcement has been successful. If someone refuses to stop smoking in a prohibited area, citizens may report violators using the app's built-in connectivity to the NYC 311 Call Center.
* Smokers can avoid $50 outdoor smoking fines
* Users can communicate with others nearby with instant no-smoking and smoking zone signage
* NYC 311 access for reporting violators
* NYC Parks Smoke-Free website access for detailed information
* NY Smoke-Free access for help with quitting
* Covers thousands of parks, beaches, boardwalks, and pedestrian plazas in the five boroughs
* Real time feedback with automated signage display
* Planned features for future free updates include foursquare integration and regular map updates
"Although the city has strong laws regarding smoking indoors in public places, residents of NYC are exposed to more secondhand smoke than the national average. And so this new law will help improve the health of New Yorkers, and also improve the beauty and cleanliness of their city," stated William DeMuro of the appforthat team. "NYCsmokeOUT is a simple, convenient guide to compliance with this new policy, and will aid smokers and non-smokers alike."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (Wifi only models require Wifi connection)
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 8 GB
Pricing and Availability:
NYCsmokeOUT 1.0 is normally $1.99 (USD), but it is available until June 1 at the special introductory price of $0.99 through the App Store in the Navigation category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the appforthat team is a small independent software company founded by William DeMuro in November 2009. Leveraging his longtime experience from the engineering field, William's main focus is developing location and social-aware applications to alleviate consumer pain points. Copyright (C) 2011 appforthat. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.