12
May

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held in a few weeks’ time on the 24th May at The Star Hotel Gold Coast, (previously Jupiter’s) Queensland.  The conference follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.

Mr Shane Daw, National Coastal Risk & Safety Manager at Surf Life Saving Australia joins us to discuss ‘Pocket Patrol, Augmented Reality Surf Safety Education’.

Surf Life Saving Australia worked closely Samsung Electronics Australia to explore how improvements in portable technology could help SLSA expand education and awareness about surf safety to reduce coastal drowning deaths. The result was a pilot program called Pocket Patrol, an augmented reality (AR) mobile application (the app) designed to educate Australian beachgoers about rip currents and other hazards.

Using the app, the smartphone screen shows an AR view of the beach, visually highlighting the position of rip currents, along with other potential hazards such as submerged rocks and shallow sandbanks. Pocket Patrol allows users to see the location of rip currents in real time at the beach before entering the water.

Pocket Patrol provides a good case study for water safety organisations working with industry to explore harnessing the latest technology for community education. This presentation explores the development of the concept, the collaboration process, and the pilot program.

Pocket Patrol provides a good case study for water safety organisations working with industry to explore harnessing the latest technology for community education. This presentation explores the development of the concept, the collaboration process, and the pilot program.

Using the app, the smartphone screen shows an AR view of the beach, visually highlighting the position of rip currents, along with other potential hazards such as submerged rocks and shallow sandbanks. Pocket Patrol allows users to see the location of rip currents in real time at the beach before entering the water. It presents an invaluable learning experience.

For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.

 



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