New phone app makes a splash

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 17/05/2014
pete thompson
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COMMUNICATION TOOL: Splash Palace manager Pete Thompson shows off the mobile phone app he created.

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Water and cellphones don't normally mix, but one Invercargill man is making it work.

Splash Palace manager Pete Thompson has created an app which he presented to council this week.

The phone application does everything from telling the user if there is an issue with the pool to allowing people to enrol their children in swim classes.

"We recognised that most people these days have some type of smartphone and what we sometimes struggle with is communicating with people."

As manager of the pool, he was looking for a way to alert people to closures or issues the pool may have, without having to wait for them to turn up at the pool door.

With a background in coding computer programmes, Thompson created the application earlier this year and had it made to work across all types of cellphones.

It came with an $800 start-up cost, but costs would be saved on paper work, he said.

The app also comes with a coffee card for the pool's cafe, which staff virtually stamp by entering a passcode, he said.

Almost 200 people had downloaded the app and Thompson was hoping more people would latch on to the idea to ensure they got the latest news and updates.

louise.berwick@stl.co.nz

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