Introducing Infractores

I've always been a big fan of scratching your own itch. My latest itch was the insane amount of parking violations that I see everyday in Buenos Aires, near our office.

We decided to build a simple tool that would allow anyone with a Twitter account to report a parking violation. All you need to do is submit a geolocated tweet and a couple of photos (as evidence!)

Here is an example:

You can check out this tool over here: http://www.infractoresba.com.ar

This page shows all the parking violations reported by users to @InfractoresBA or with the #InfractoresBA hashtag. It's as simple as that.

We focused on making the feature of reporting a parking violation as simple as possible:

  • There's no application to download
  • No need to register to a new site
  • No need to fill out 20 different fields

I know that there are other alternatives to report a violation in Buenos Aires:

But I wanted to make it even easier for someone to report a parking violation. I am also a big fan of (good) user experience.

I didn't see the need to register an account to report a violation. In fact, I think it's something that will discourage people from reporting a violation. Why not use an existing account in Twitter?

As a user of our tool, and as someone who usually rides his bicycle to work, I wanted to stop, take a photo, tweet it, and move on.

Just like this:

There is still some work to be done. That's why we have made this tool open source. We are open to suggestions, bug reports, code contributions and general feedback: https://github.com/ombulabs/infractores

As always, we developed an MVP that can later be extended and refined. We hope to learn from how the community uses this tool.

Our vision is for someone to pick up this tool, configure a city and a vertical, and start using it to track any kind of violation.

In our case, we wanted to improve the situation with parking violations in Buenos Aires. We hope this tool will lead to those who park illegally being fined and encourage more people to park better.

However you could easily configure this tool to track loud noise infractions in Chicago, or crime in Berlin (in terms of crime it might be tricky to capture the image/video to use as evidence, but it's a possibility)

This is not a commercial project. We don't expect to make money, we just want people to use it to improve their communities.

All feedback is welcome, whether you like it, hate it or spot an issue!