Search and Rescue – SAR Tools - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

In 2012 I taught myself LiveCode and published another app - Safe boating. At the time it had some of the functionality of SAR Tools but I have since created this standalone and removed the features from the other app.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

I find the most challenging part of app coding to be a large number of screen resolutions on Android and IOS devices you have to support. Luckily LiveCode makes this a bit easier than Swift, etc. LiveCode is a great programming environment for new coders because you can create cross-platform apps with minimal re-coding.

Adam is an accomplished communicator with experience in managing customer relationships, leading projects, and growing organizations. He has proven his expertise in entrepreneurship, account management, IT project management, web / App development, and marine response & communications. He is known strategic thinker who develops and executes plans necessary to complete organizational objectives, and a team player with excellent communication and negotiation skills, tactful leadership, and the ability to work with people with diverse personalities.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Navionics because I’m a boater and it makes checking tides and currents easy. FaceApp because it is just good fun if you want to play around with peoples features and try new looks. Uber because I travel a lot and it makes getting around by car and bike so convenient.

How long have you been working on this app?

Off and on for a few years. Recently it was updated to support newer phones and modernize the look.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

I’m a volunteer Search and Rescue specialist and the app’s primary purpose is to help rescue crews (Coastguard etc) search for people or objects who are lost at sea.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

I’m not sure there is anything on the market that does the same thing. Traditionally on water searches are done by using specific patterns and timings, which was historically done by stopwatch. The app makes boat searching a lot easier and the search patterns more accurate. My app was used to find a woman who had been in the water for 4 hours and she lived. SAR organizations around the world now use the app and quite a few have a dedicated tablet mounted with the software running.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

I am looking to do tighter integration with a vessel’s electronics if possible.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Learn and train with the app because more accurate searches will have better outcomes.

Search and Rescue – SAR Tools

About App: Search and Rescue - SAR Tools is an app developed with the intention to provide the marine search and rescue community with some handy calculators that can be used on SAR missions. The App is optimized for portrait orientation on a phone and has not been tested on a tablet. Features' Overview: - Direct Twitter Feed from @RCM_SAR posts - Speed, Distance, Time Calculator. Enter any two parameters and it calculates the third. - Find Lat / Long functionality allows you to quickly enter a lat / long and the App will calculate your distance along with bearing and also show your current location. You can also automatically map the lat / long entered on google maps. - Sector Search Timer and Calculator. Can run two full circuits of 9 legs with a 30-degree course change to start the second circuit. The user enters search speed and search radius, and everything else is calculated automatically. Timer defaults to 0 degrees for the first leg but any value can be entered. Once the timer is started it signals when to turn with the appropriate heading. The timer must be reset when you pass back through datum. Total search time and area are also shown for one circuit. Start time is logged so that it can be transferred to a log book later. - Expanding Square Search Timer and Calculator. Runs a full expanding square search with 18 legs. The user enters search speed and search radius Timer defaults to 0 degrees for the first leg, but any value can be entered. Once the timer is started it signals when to turn with the appropriate heading. Search can be paused and then restarted at the beginning of the last leg you were on. Total search time and area are also shown for the search. Start time is logged so it can be transferred to a log book later. - Night Mode. Sector and Expanding Square Search Calculators have a night mode to preserve night vision. - Search Log automatically keeps a record of all the parameters of your searches and allows you to email the log file to anyone you choose. - Vibrate. Timers vibrate in the hand when it is time to turn. - Help. Help is available for Sector and Expanding Square Search Calculators.

Categories: Lifestyle

Date: June 19, 2019

Developer: Adam Hyde

About developer: Adam is an accomplished communicator with experience in managing customer re ... Read more

Website: http://www.rcmsar.com/

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