The crowds at this year's National Day Parade (NDP) could get to their seats faster with the help of a new seating management application designed by lecturers from local tertiary institution Republic Polytechnic (RP).
The app is co-developed by a team of four lecturers from RP's School of Infocomm-Jason Lim, Magdalene Lim Siok Hoon, Tan Kok Cheng and Shannen Ang Yen Hua.
Tan Kok Cheng, programme chair of Diploma in Mobile Software Development-who also headed the app developer team-explained in a The Straits Times (ST) report (dated August 4, 2014) that the app can be continually updated so that ushers at both the platform and concourse can know which seats are being occupied in real time, so that they can direct the crowds accordingly.
The app, which took about four months to develop, has been deployed at weekly rehearsals since July 5.
Victor Huang, assistant project manager at non-profit organisation Heartware Network, which has been providing ushers for the NDP for the past fifteen years, estimates that the seating time for each spectator has been cut by five to 10 minutes.
He added that before the launch of this app, Heartware had been managing crowd flow using traditional methods such as pen and paper, as well as walkie-talkies.
In the same ST report, Heartware said that it is currently exploring future collaborations with RP so the app can be used to manage crowd flow at other mass events.
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