- • Register vessel & personal details.
- • Enter emergency contact details in SafeTrx Web.
- • Accept End User Licence Agreement.
The solution is the first of its kind, providing a means for boaters to file a Sail Plan (SP) with the Coast Guard from a Smartphone. With a set of server side processes, the solution monitors the journey, alerts designated contacts should a journey exceed an ETA and provides a web-based user interface for the Coast Guard to rapidly assist in locating an overdue vessel. SafeTrx is an innovative tool aimed to complement the existing technology that assists in saving lives at sea.
DSI Adaptive, a specialist projects group within DeCare Systems Ireland (DSI), is responsible for the design and development of the SafeTrx solution. Delivering world class Enterprise IT solutions since 1998, DSI focuses on architecture, consultancy & strategy, project management, web design & development and mobile development
Designed to complement the existing technologies that save lives at sea, SafeTrx provides a means for boaters to file a Sail Plan (SP) with the Coast Guard from a Smartphone.
Automating and simplifying the Sail Plan provides an easy, cheap and reliable means of keeping the Coast Guard informed of voyage plans.
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"This app, which can track vessels and help the coast guard respond if needed, is a very welcome development. I hope it will help avoid more heartache and tragedy."
Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney TD
"Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney TD talks about SafeTrx on RTE's Seascapes programme..."RTE Radio 1 Click here to listen
"The Irish Sailing Association is delighted to announce ISA SafeTrx"ISA Click here to view
"New sailing app allows Coastguard to see your passage plan"Yachting Monthly Click here to view
"Podcast"Morning Ireland Click here to listen
"Coast Guard pioneers smartphone app in bid to save lives"Irish Examiner Click here to view
"The iPhone app that’s revolutionising SAR operations"Defence IQ Click here to view
"A sailing App to log your voyage - alert friends, Coastguard "SailWorld.com Click here to view
"Who is more likely to wear a life jacket – a jet skier or paddle boarder?"TheJournal.ie Click here to view
"AVCG launches new SafeTrx app to help guard our Nation"Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) Click here to view
"Australia's Channel 7 report on AVCG's Coast Guard SafeTrx app"'Creek to Coast', Channel 7 Click here to view
"ZDNet App Wrap: March 4, 2013"ZDNet Click here to view
"New Irish Coast Guard App that will help save lives"Department of Transport, Ireland Click here to view
"Interview with Chris Reynolds on RTE news"Chris Reynolds, Director of the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) Click here to view
"New Search & Rescue Application for Irish Coast Guard"Emergency Services Ireland Magazine Click here to view
"New phone app from Irish coast guard to save lives"Irish Independent Click here to view
"This new SafeTrx App has the potential to get our resources on-scene as quickly as possible which will in turn save lives."Ray Campbell, National Commodore, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
"SafeTrx helps take the search out of search and rescue. It encourages all sea users to plan and execute their trips better, safer and gives assurance to friends and partners ashore."Chris Reynolds, Director, Irish Coast Guard (IRCG)
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SafeTrx is an accessible tool that leisure craft users can use when going to sea. It does not replace GMDSS, EPIRB or PLBs, it complements them.
DeCare Systems Ireland licenses the Coast Guard to operate a unique instance of the SafeTrx system. Each SafeTrx system component (Smartphone apps, SafeTrx Web, SafeTrx Monitoring Console) can be tailored to the Coast Guard’s specific needs. Hardware and software requirements for the SafeTrx system are available on request.
This information is stored on a secure server and access is restricted to the boater and the Coast Guard.
The SafeTrx Smartphone application uses both the GPS and cell network to determine location. If the cell signal is lost the app will attempt to continue to acquire and store location information using the Smartphone’s GPS receiver. Once a cell signal becomes available again the app sends the backlog of stored location information to the SafeTrx server and resumes transmitting location information in real time.
Boaters can view and edit their account details using SafeTrx Web. Within this website, boaters can:
From a monitoring perspective, SafeTrx is fully autonomous once the boater hits “Set Sail”, however failure to close a SP triggers an escalation process involving the boater’s emergency contacts and the Coast Guard. The SafeTrx escalation actions are customised to follow the processes and procedures of the Coast Guard. The following is a sample of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard escalation process:
The SafeTrx app uses a number of methods to determine position and these do consume battery power. However the app monitors the Smartphone’s battery in real time and adapts to declining battery levels. If the battery level falls below 30%, the location transmission interval is adjusted from 1Km to 2Km to save battery power. There is also a failsafe to ensure that if the battery level falls to 10%*, SafeTrx suspends in order to preserve battery power for emergency calls. When the Smartphone is plugged in to recharge, trip monitoring is automatically resumed.
*Please note that the battery levels reported on some Smartphones are rounded down to the nearest 5%, therefore trip recording may be suspended when the battery level is between 10%-15%