According to published research*, smartphone use has nearly doubled over the past year. While only about one in eight cell phone users had smartphones at the end of 2007, that figure is now up to almost one in four, with no signs of slowing down. In keeping with this evolution, ICC has jumped directly into the app business with its very own interactive platform that provides users with 24/7 access to ICC’s most critical resources at the touch of a button.
As an organization, ICC is committed to making it more convenient and affordable for building professionals to get the resources they need, when they need them. The ability to access codes and related resources on a handheld device means users are never more than a click away from the compliance resources they require to work efficiently and effectively.
The ICC Mobile smartphone application provides 4 critical functions with a single application:
1. Connect Directly to the ICC Website
The ICC Mobile App is the easiest and fastest way to access the newly redesigned and reconfigured ICC website on the go. The all-new www.iccsafe.org is an essential resource for news, information and interactivity on issues of codes and building safety. The new site includes exciting interactive features, enhanced navigation and members-only resources.
2. View ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Reports, PMG Listings and More
As a subsidiary of ICC, ICC-ES® performs technical evaluations and issues reports on code compliance. ICC Mobile Smartphone App users have instant access to Evaluation Reports®, which verify that building products meet code requirements, as well as PMG listings and SAVE program VARs that have also been issued by ICC-ES. Designed for code officials, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction, these reports are essential for staying up-to-date on building products, components, methods and materials that comply with relevant codes.
3. Access Your eCodes Premium Online Subscription
The ICC Mobile app allows users to access their eCodes Premium subscription to view the International Codes and browse selected State Custom Codes. eCodes Premium also includes direct links to ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports® and Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas (PMG) listings in your subscriptions for the 2006 I-Codes (this feature will soon be available for the 2009 I-Codes as well), allowing regulators to conduct code research and find code-compliant products instantly.
4. Order Items from the ICC Store
ICC’s online store is the place to stock up on the codes, standards and code references you need. The ICC Mobile App allows users to scroll through publications by topic or conduct a search for the precise resource. Don’t forget that ICC members receive substantial discounts on code books, logo merchandise and a variety of essential resources.
Smartphone use is increasing, and now more than ever, accessing critical business data in real-time is an essential part of doing business. ICC is committed to delivering resources that increase the convenience of its members, customers and other constituents. That is why ICC spent months developing the ICC Mobile smartphone application.
The ICC Mobile smartphone application is currently compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry and Windows CE. Compatibility with the Droid will be available soon. Internet connection/data package from your carrier is required.
Visit www.iccsafe.org/smartapp and download your free app today.
* According to NPD Group, research provider for the wireless industry.