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Smartphones Can Now Access NYC Construction Info

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A Verizon version of the Apple iPhone 4 is seen at the launch news conference in Lincoln Center - New York, NY - Jan 11, 2011 - Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

A Verizon version of the Apple iPhone 4 is seen at the launch news conference in Lincoln Center – New York, NY – Jan 11, 2011 – Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City was using technology that can provide instant information about construction projects through a smartphone.

Quick Response Codes were used for product packaging and advertising. Local governments are starting to use them as well.

In New York City, a smartphone can now be used to read the code on construction permits.

Users can take a cell phone picture of the code, and the application lets them access online information.

The mayor and buildings commissioner planned a demonstration of the technology on Tuesday.

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