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An app to help you find seats at this year's NDP

The app displays seats in the various sections in different colours. When users tap on a coloured region, they can check how many empty seats are available and where they are located. 

SINGAPORE: Those attending the National Day Parade this year will not have to worry about finding a seat, thanks to an app that will be used by volunteers at the parade.

The app, created by staff members at Republic Polytechnic's School of Infocomm, displays seats in the various sections in different colours. When users tap on a coloured region, they can check how many empty seats are available and where they are located. Red means a seat has been taken, while green represents an empty seat. The app will update itself after users tap on the screen to indicate that a seat has been taken.

Previously, volunteers could only visually scan the area to look for a seat. The app, which took half a year to develop, is currently only used at the floating platform at Marina Bay. Developers hope they can subsequently implement it at the Sports Hub and other large event spaces.

Mr Victor Huang, Assistant Project Manager of Heartware Network, which provides volunteers for NDP, said: "The latecomers are usually families with children, and they they have a lot of things to carry. If we were to bring them up and down the seating gallery, it will be quite troublesome for them. With the app, we can reduce the walking time to the available seats."

This year's parade also saw about a hundred NSmen volunteering to spearhead the activities.

"This year, what is significant is there are about 100 NSmen like myself who have stepped forward to organise and lead some of the initiatives. I think in previous years, there have always been NSmen who have taken part, but because one of the key themes in this year's NDP is active participation, we want to encourage Singaporeans from all walks of life, whether they are young or old, to step forward and be part of Singapore's 49th birthday," said LTC (NS) Tan Tze Hian, Deputy Chairman for Active Participation in the National Day parade.  

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