Controversial "Street Smart" Technology

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) Want to stay safe on the streets?

There's an app for that.

A report in this week's Business First shows how a local resident came up with an app for smart phones and GPS devices to let users know if they are in, or will be traveling to, a region that is potentially unsafe.

It identifies more than 7,000 un-safe zones around the country. "Street Smart" has been on the market for three years, but now there is some competition.

Microsoft has something similar in the works called "Avoid Ghetto." This controversial "app" is designed only for pedestrians, while Street Smart is for motorists too.

Another report in this week's Business First looks at Buffalo's new economic development game plan. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Mayor Byron Brown now want all downtown projects to go through Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Mayor Brown says he is allocating more than $11 million for gap financing with the payoff being an estimated $78 million worth of private sector investment and 1,500 new jobs within five years. The report says HSBC Center will soon need more tenants. The building could become 77 percent empty after Phillips Lytle moves and HSBC downsizes.

You can read more in this week's Business First.

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