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Updated: 05/08/2013 23:03 | By Channel NewsAsia

Clean toilet search found with LOO Connect App launch

Clean toilet search found with LOO Connect App launch


Clean toilet search found with LOO Connect App launch

SINGAPORE: Now you can locate clean toilets, and give feedback on loos... on the go.

The Restroom Association Singapore (RAS) has launched the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Connect App for Android-based smartphones and tablets. 

The App provides a convenient means for the public to locate clean toilets certified by the RAS.

It also acts as a feedback channel on the state of public toilets, so as to encourage socially responsible behaviour amongst users of public loos in Singapore. 

The public can provide comments - either by adding new locations, or posting comments on existing locations. 

Users can indicate the type of toilet operator such as bus interchange, coffee shop, food court, market and food centre or MRT station. 

Three categories of toilets can be found in the App:

- Disgusting Toilets: Dirty and poorly-maintained toilets

- Certified Restrooms: Restrooms under the Happy Toilet Programme 

- STAR@Schools: Schools under the STAR Awards Programme

The mobile App also facilitates the collection of information by the RAS volunteers during mystery audit of toilets under the Happy Toilet Programme.

The RAS hopes to use the feedback collected to work with toilet owners to maintain a high standard of hygiene in all public toilets, and cultivate a gracious society.

Ms Tan Puay Hoon, president of RAS, said: "As a non-profit charity advocating for clean public toilets, we are always keen to leverage on the use of new technology to promote our cause. With the launch of the mobile version of LOO Connect, this marks another milestone in our mission."

The App is developed in collaboration with the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). 

It uses OneMap (www.onemap.sg) for location-based information and a "crowdsourcing" template provided by OneMap. 

Mr Hoo Chang Sheng, a 23-year-old NYP's School of Information Technology student developed the App while doing his internship at SLA. 

In his final year of study specialising in Geospatial and Mobile Innovation, Mr Hoo said, "This project involved creative problem-solving on my part as I had to analyse and fit various location-based information and RAS' requirements to a mobile App platform. I find this internship project very meaningful as the App is for a good social cause." - CNA/de

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