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Company uses iPhone app to take on graffiti

February 16, 2010
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AVONDALE, AZ — A cleanup service has developed an iPhone application that will allow city officials and residents to notify the company of graffiti quickly and easily, according to The Arizona Republic.
According to the story, the application allows a city code-enforcement officer or a resident to photograph graffiti and automatically send the picture and location information — provided through the phone''s global positioning system (GPS) — to the company''s database.

The images are also saved in the database, allowing police to track the vandals and spot patterns across the city, the story stated.

Graffiti Protective Coatings plans to begin use of the application this spring in Avondale, where it has a $110,000 yearly contract with the city, the story noted.

General Manager Barry Steinhart said: "It''s more than just removal. It''s beautification and restoration."

The city of Mesa is also considering a contract with the graffiti removal company, a move many city officials are in favor of, the story added.

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