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13th July 2016, Cork, Ireland - The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (Redningsselskapet) has joined the SafeTrx community with the release of the ‘RS SafeTrx’ Smartphone app.
Established in 1891, the voluntary organisation is the backbone of marine safety along the Norwegian coastline. Since it’s establishment, the organisation has saved over 6,400 lives and over 600,000 people have received their assistance at sea. With approximately 1,500 volunteers, 43 rescue vessels and 25 rescue stations across the country, the Norwegian Sea Rescue Society will seek to use SafeTrx to help promote safe, responsible recreational boating in Norway’s coastal waters and inland navigable waters.
SafeTrx is a tried and trusted mobile vessel tracking solution in use across the world. Available on both Android & Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), SafeTrx monitors a journey, alerts designated contacts should a journey go overdue and provides a Web-based user interface for the Search and Rescue (SAR) service to rapidly assist in locating an overdue vessel.
Developed in co-operation with SAR and Coast Guard organisations, SafeTrx is now the standard solution in mobile application vessel tracking in Ireland, the UK, Australia, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Norway.
‘RS SafeTrx’ uses the SafeTrx 2016 product, which includes all the standard SafeTrx vessel tracking and alerting features in addition to significant functional enhancements. The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society SafeTrx implementation is available in Norwegian and English and includes a variety of location-based information from lifeboat stations and local VHF channels, to details on ports, fuel bunkers and doctors in the surrounding area. The live locations of the Redningsselskapet rescue vessels can also be tracked using the lifeboat location tracker within the app.
The aim of SafeTrx 2016 is to enhance the existing SafeTrx product so that it becomes a ‘mobile maritime safety platform’, a practical tool that helps reduce the risk of maritime accidents and the loss of human lives at sea. With this in mind, ‘‘RS SafeTrx’ mobile app users will be able to receive maritime safety messages and marine notices directly from Redningsselskapet through the app and SMS. Information on weather alerts, gale warnings and marine notices can be sent via this channel. Mobile app users will also have the ability to view useful maritime safety information when both online and offline.
To facilitate trip planning, ‘RS SafeTrx’ includes location-based weather through the yr.no online weather provider. Yr.no is a joint online weather service from MET Norway and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). ‘RS SafeTrx’ allows the boater to choose a location and returns the hour-by-hour weather forecast over the next three days for that location.
The design of the 2016 SafeTrx application marks a departure from previous versions of the product. The establishment of an international SafeTrx User Group (SUG) has allowed the development team to work directly with those that are providing life saving services at sea. Such cooperation and involvement with SUG ensures the product stays relevant and is always fit-for-purpose.
Nessa Malone, SafeTrx Product Manager
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