Appy Australia Day

06 814NEWSA LOCAL technology company is hoping its new smartphone app will help visitors avoid a trampling this Australia Day.

Inhouse Group’s Skyworks app, commissioned by Perth council, lists the day’s events from the citizenship ceremonies in the morning to the fireworks and laser display from 8pm.

It also comes with:

• a pop-up reminder when events begin;

• public transport information and live parking updates;

• road closure info;

• a simulcast of the official radio broadcast; and,

• maps including first aid locations and BYO zones.

Inhouse founder and CEO Clinton House said with 300,000 visitors to the area, the app would make it easier to plan ahead.

The King Street-based company is already thinking beyond 2014 and wants to combine its consumer monitoring technology with the app.

That would give “real-time” crowd information so visitors can avoid drunken brawls, find the best spot for the fireworks or even locate lost children.

“We hope a future app can also work with police to minimise security issues,” chief operations officer Stan Ghys told the Voice.

by CLARE KENYON

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