A New Platform In Pittsburgh Lets Citizens Report Foul Smells

A New Platform In Pittsburgh Lets Citizens Report Foul Smells

If a citizen in Pittsburgh smells something bad, they can submit a report through a new app that goes directly to the city's health department

Zack Palm
  • 18 july 2017

With increasing populations, cities also have to deal with the production of more waste—and its smells. Certain aromas can indicate a health risk freely floating through a city. The city of Pittsburgh wants to know about these smells and has reached out to citizens to report foul aromas through an app called Smell PGH.

With Smell PGH, a citizen can notify Pittsburgh’s health department about an odor’s intensity on scale of one to five and include any health effects that occurred when they experienced the smell. The app automatically takes note of the mobile device’s GPS location and sends it with the summary. Once the report is submitted, the app opens up to a map of Pittsburgh that shows reports made throughout the city.

The developers of Smell PGH, Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab, want to bring their platform to other cities to provide citizens with a voice regarding potentially dangerous urban fumes. The app works on iOS and Android smartphones.

Smell PGH


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