SafeTrx - Tracking you home safely Designed in close cooperation with SAR professionals, SafeTrx is a vessel tracking Smartphone application that fills a critical gap in the maritime situational awareness picture. Coast Guard rescue operation
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About

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



DSI Adaptive

Design & Development

How It Works

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.

Boater Registration

  • • Register vessel & personal details.
  • • Enter emergency contact details in SafeTrx Web.
  • • Accept End User Licence Agreement.

Create SP on Departure

  • • Launch app. Enter vessel details, destination ETA, no. of people on board & purpose of trip.
  • • Choose trip start, waypoint & end point.
  • • Press “Set Sail’.

GPS Tracking on Vessel

  • • Transmits position, speed & heading to the server at regular intervals.
  • • Coast Guard uses SafeTrx Monitoring Console to track active SPs.

Successfully closes SP

  • • Closes out SP on reaching destination or amends details mid-passage.

Failure to close SP

  • • Triggers a set of escalation SMS messages to the boater’s emergency contacts and Coast Guard.
  • • SafeTrx Monitoring Console assists in locating overdue vessel.

Features & Benefits

Automating and simplifying the Sail Plan provides an easy, cheap and reliable means of keeping the Coast Guard informed of voyage plans.

Automate filing of Sail Plan via Smartphone

    Provides boaters who don’t usually register SPs or use AIS on board with a more accessible means of keeping the Coast Guard informed of their voyage plans.

Vessel Tracking

    SafeTrx logs position reports every kilometre (or every 5 minutes if stationary). These position points are displayed on the SafeTrx Monitoring Console and provides the Coast Guard with critical location information that can quickly be shared with emergency response teams.

Automated Overdue Alert Notifications

    An overdue Sail Plan triggers a set of escalation SMS messages to boater’s emergency contacts and the Coast Guard.

Dedicated Boater Website

    SafeTrx Web allows boaters to edit their vessel and personal details, manage emergency contacts and view journey history.

SAR Operational Support Tools

    The SafeTrx Monitoring Console provides SAR emergency response operators with an intuitive Web-based user interface. The user interface combines real time vessel tracking with boater, vessel and emergency contact information. Within this interface, SAR emergency response operators have access to a set of support tools including:

  • • Area picture showing all SafeTrx activity within the operator defined territory
  • • Overdue filtering for vessels exceeding their ETA
  • • Real time tracking capability for all active SafeTrx vessels
  • • SURPIC provides surface picture capability for enhanced situational awareness
  • • Historical Sail Plan search
  • • Customised map views and horizontal accuracy filtering
  • • Roster management for flexible SAR alert escalation

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Boater Registration

  • • Register vessel & personal details.
  • • Enter emergency contact details in SafeTrx Web.
  • • Accept End User Licence Agreement.

Create SP on Departure

  • • Launch app. Enter vessel details, destination ETA, no. of people on board & purpose of trip.
  • • Choose trip start, waypoint & end point.
  • • Press “Set Sail’.

GPS Tracking on Vessel

  • • Transmits position, speed & heading to the server at regular intervals.
  • • Coast Guard uses SafeTrx Monitoring Console to track active SPs.

Successfully closes SP

  • • Closes out SP on reaching destination or amends details mid-passage.

Failure to close SP

  • • Triggers a set of escalation SMS messages to the boater’s emergency contacts and Coast Guard.
  • • SafeTrx Monitoring Console assists in locating overdue vessel.

Press

  • "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

    Irish Examiner Click here to view
  • "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

Showcase

  • "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)

Contact

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ISA SafeTrx Support

Ask a question, share an idea or report a problem by sending an email to safetrx@sailing.ie
Forgot your password? Go to the SafeTrx Boater Portal - https://safetrx.sailing.ie/login.html.
Click on the ‘I forgot my password’ button. Enter your email address and you will receive a link to reset your password.




Coast Guard SafeTrx Support

Ask a question, share an idea or report a problem by sending an email to safetrx@coastguard.com.au
Forgot your password? Go to the SafeTrx Boater Portal -https://safetrx.coastguard.com.au/login.html.
Click on the ‘I forgot my password’ button. Enter your email address and you will receive a link to reset your password.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.



  • Q. How can the Coast Guard get SafeTrx?

    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.

  • Q. What are the key components of SafeTrx?

    • - Android and iOS Smartphone applications
    • - SafeTrx Web for boaters
    • - SafeTrx Monitoring Console for SAR emergency response operators
  • Q. Who has access to boater’s Sail Plan details?

    This information is stored on a secure server and access is restricted to the boater and the Coast Guard.

  • Q. How does the app handle loss of cell coverage?

    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.

  • Q. How can boaters manage their account?

    Boaters can view and edit their account details using SafeTrx Web. Within this website, boaters can:

    • • Change their personal contact & password information
    • • Manage their vessel details
    • • Set up and edit their emergency contacts
    • • View & delete their journey history
    • • View Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Disclaimer policies

  • Q. What happens if boaters fail to close their trip within the logged ETA?

    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:

    • Escalation Level 1 - 15 minutes before the ETA is due to expire, boater receives a notification advising to extend or end their trip.
    • Escalation Level 2 - Failure to close the trip when trip is overdue sends another reminder alert that the trip is now overdue and it must be either closed or extended.
    • Escalation Level 3 - 15 minutes after the ETA has expired the boater receives a warning notification that an SMS will be sent to their emergency contact should the trip remain overdue.
    • Escalation Level 4 - If after 30 minutes past the designated ETA the boater still has not closed or extended the ETA, an SMS is sent to their emergency contacts. If the boater’s emergency contact is unable to contact the boater, they then contact the Coast Guard.
    • Escalation Level 5 - 60 minutes past the ETA, an SMS is sent to the rostered SAR Duty Officer and further SMS messages are sent to back up officers at 15 minute intervals.

  • Q. Does the Smartphone application use a lot of battery power?

    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%