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GPS for inauguration-goers

FreenNavigatingWashington app provides direction for visitors to Washington

The Qorvis Communications public relations firm and the Patton Boggs law firm are offering a free Web application designed for iPods and BlackBerries to those attending Barak Obama’s inauguration to ease the pain in navigating events in the nation's capital.

Co-developed with FortiusOne, a geospatial application developer, the NavigatingWashington tool is available for download here. Information available through the inauguration application includes:

  • Inaugural events (balls, galas, etc.)
  • Zagat Restaurant Guide
  • Walking directions to the inauguration Metro train and bus schedules
  • News and alerts
  • Free Wi-Fi zone locations
  • Local weather and traffic
  • Starbucks locations
  • ATM/bank search and
  • Parking garages

The application also includes a polling component to gauge real-time user sentiment about inaugural events through a feature called, “Speak Your Mind.”

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Jan 14, 2009 Sean Gorman DC

Many thanks for the coverage - it has been a fun project. Quick correction - PointAbout built the iPhone and Blackberry apps and FotriusOne provided the mapping components and polling support at: http://www.navigatingwashington.com best sean

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