Torch relay app lets users track journey

Staff Report
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay begins in less than two weeks and thanks to a new mobile app Hoosiers can track the torch’s location.

App users can get up-to-the-second information via a GPS device that has been built into the torch. The torch also includes an HD camera that will allow the torchbearers to snap live action shots as they travel.

Images of Indiana Bicenntenial Torch Relay 2016 app. Images provided by Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Images of Indiana Bicenntenial Torch Relay 2016 app. Images provided by Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Hoosiers in all 92 Indiana counties will pass the torch in hopes of connecting and inspiring the state. The relay is the largest part of Indiana’s bicentennial events.

“The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is not only a showcase of Indiana history and heritage, but will also shine a spotlight on the impressive creativity and innovative capacity in our state too,” Mark Newman, Indiana Office of Tourism Development executive director, said in a statement.

The app also includes a schedule of the torch’s journey. The schedule lists dates, locations and times of the torch relay. App users can find out who is carrying the torch in each county by accessing the list of torchbearers.

Purdue faculty and student engineers specially designed the torch that uses Indiana bio fuel.

The Indiana Torch Relay 2016 app is available for both Apple and Android devices. The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay starts in Corydon on Friday, Sept. 9.

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