Congress unveils inauguration mobile app

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Attendees of President Obama's second inauguration will be able to use a mobile web app to find directions based on their device's location and even stream video of the ceremonies.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies created the app, which can be accessed via a mobile web browser at www.inaugural.senate.gov. The app's directions feature uses GPS to locate the device (with the user's permission) and then, for ticketed attendees, provides instructions to reach the entrance corresponding to each ticket color.

For each entrance, the app provides directions by foot or public transit. It also shows where to find medical tents and restrooms.

For those without tickets, the app will detect the nearest nonticketed entrance and display it on a map along with the device's location.

The app has set aside a few currently blank spaces to be filled by a live video stream of the ceremonies, a streaming text feed, and the event program.

Users will also see a list of prohibited items for the ticketed areas--ranging from guns and explosives to umbrellas and thermoses--and a feed of the 20 latest tweets from the Secret Service's Twitter account, @SecretService.

Washington, D.C., officials have projected that about 600,000 to 800,000 people will attend the ceremony, down significantly from the 1.8 million who came for President Obama's first inauguration, the Associated Press says. Still, the expected crowd could easily double the city's population, which stood at roughly 618,000 in 2011, according to the Census Bureau.

At the 2009 inauguration, thousands of ticketed attendees got stuck in an underground tunnel and were unable to make it to the swearing-in.

For more:
- go to the web app (note: will appear as a regular website on a non-mobile web browser)

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