News - June 27, 2019

The Danish Maritime Authority joins the SafeTrx community

8 West Consulting, the company behind the SafeTrx vessel registration, tracking and alerting application, today announced the availability of SafeTrx in Denmark. The Danish Maritime Authority is implementing SafeTrx and will be promoting it as part of their ‘Safe Sailing’(Sejl Sikkert) campaign. The Danish Maritime Authority is the Danish Government agency that regulates maritime affairs and now joins a growing list of global maritime organisations using SafeTrx.

Jan Thorn, Director for Safety of Navigation, National Waters said ”The Danish Maritime Authority looks forward to the implementation of SafeTrx in Denmark. SafeTrx fits well with our ‘Safe Sailing’ campaign, which we carry out in collaboration with the Danish non-profit foundation TrygFonden. I am convinced that SafeTrx will provide a solid contribution to raising the safety of the large group of surfers, rowers, fishermen and sailors in smaller vessels in Danish waters.”

The Royal Danish Navy National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC), based in the Karup military base, is the coordinating organisation in Denmark for Search and Rescue (SAR) within the Danish SAR Region and will operate the SafeTrx platform. The Royal Danish Navy expect that SafeTrx will help them facilitate information gathering in the search phase and reduce the overall SAR response times as a result.

The app, which will be available in the Danish Apple App and Google Play stores as ‘SejlSikkert Alarm’, includes all the tried and tested SafeTrx vessel tracking and alerting features and functionalities. Available in both English and Danish, the app will be used to help drive the Danish Maritime Authority’s ‘Safe Sailing’ campaign in Denmark.

In 2018, SafeTrx assisted with 562 missions, a rapid growth in global usage of SafeTrx, with SafeTrx now running in Denmark it is hoped that SafeTrx will assist with future rescue missions and reduce the overall response times.

Announcing the Danish implementation, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Madsen of the Royal Danish Navy said “It is our hope that SafeTrx will give us the ability to more efficiently track and locate persons in distress. Once we receive an emergency call we need vital information to carry out the mission as fast as possible. SafeTrx will give us access to details of the persons in distress, so that we can respond quickly with the right resources.” John Murphy, CEO of 8 West Consulting added, “We welcome Denmark and the Danish Maritime Authority as a new customer and are delighted to be working with both the Danish Maritime Authority and the Royal Danish Navy to promote safety at sea for all water sport users. Denmark joins the growing SafeTrx community and we look forward to working with both organisations on carrying out the mission of taking the search out of search and rescue.”

About SafeTrx:

SafeTrx is a suite of integrated smart maritime technologies, designed to take the search out of Search and Rescue. SafeTrx Mariner is the world’s leading registration, tracking and alerting solution for non-GMDSS vessels. The SafeTrx Mariner app creates a direct connection between the user out at sea, the Coast Guard or other marine search and rescue agencies, and with family and friends, all from one easy to use mobile interface.

Tried and tested in the real world of marine rescue, SafeTrx is used by Search and Rescue authorities in, Spain Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR), Denmark The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), The Netherlands the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM), Norway Redningsselskapet (RS), Germany the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS), Finland the Finnish Lifeboat Institution (FLBI), Dubai the Dubai Police, Sweden the Sjöräddningssällskapet (SSRS), South Africa the National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI), Australia the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) and Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ), the UK the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Ireland the Irish Sailing Association (ISA).

About the Danish Maritime Authority:

The Danish Maritime Authority is working for safety at sea, quality shipping and growth in the maritime industries in Denmark. The Danish Maritime Authority carries out a large number of tasks in the area of buoyage and regulation of areas that are essential for maintaining a high level of safety. The Secretariat for the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board is located at the Danish Maritime Authority.


News - June 17, 2019

The SafeTrx application on Sony mSafety Wearable is ready to take on any adventure

SafeTrx introduces a new versatile Search & Rescue application for outdoor adventurers using mSafety from Network Communications Europe, in Sony Group.

SafeTrx, the marine tracking and alerting technologies suite built by 8 West Consulting, has been significantly augmented with the addition of the mSafety wearable and platform provided by Network Communications Europe, part of the Sony Group.

Developed for Sony’s coming mSafety wearable, the new SafeTrx app features emergency alerting, activity tracking and health monitoring. Using 4/5G IoT Cat-M1 communication, the wearable, which is IP68, is directly connected via mobile data networks to the SafeTrx Command & Control solution. It uses the latest bi-directional data network to continuously transmit position, speed and other information to safety authorities. This means that, in the event of an emergency, they can respond quickly using the SafeTrx Command & Control solution. Bi-directional communication also allows the safety authorities to send information back to the user’s wearable, confirming that his or her alert has been received.

The SafeTrx application will incorporate features such as location tracking, weather and tidal information as well as activity-specific screens. Speed and distance can be calculated using the GPS position. All this means users can track the details of every voyage, run or ride they take.

The wearable’s display faces and data fields are customisable via the SafeTrx smartphone app, so users can choose exactly which information they want to see on their wrist and how they want it to be presented.

This new solution was announced yesterday at the World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver (http://www.wmrc2019.com/) and is due for commercial launch at the end of 2019. The concept is being showcased at the SafeTrx booth #510 at the congress.

“After years in the marine rescue tracking and alerting app space, SafeTrx knows that athletes and adventurers need reliable, functional and convenient tools, which is why we chose this Sony high-tech wearable.” said John Murphy, 8 West Consulting CEO. “This is what the SafeTrx user tribe has told us they want, and we are delighted to work with Sony to bring it to them. Our production and design partner for the device is a global brand name in consumer electronics, with a stellar reputation for product design and manufacturing quality. We will make the device available in the twelve countries where the SafeTrx Command and Control solution is already in operation before releasing it globally.”

Anders Strömberg, Head of the Wearable Platform Department, Network Communications Europe, commented, “SafeTrx is a proven leader in the non-GMDSS marine tracking and alerting area, and we are very pleased to have them as a partner. mSafety leverages several Sony patents and technologies to meet the people-monitoring needs of segments such as mobile health and personal safety; where very long battery life, cost-efficient connectivity and robust design are crucial. The SafeTrx team has proven to be a visionary partner when it comes to applying our unique technology for their users. We’re looking forward to continuing our cooperation with them in the future.”

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About SafeTrx:

SafeTrx is a suite of integrated smart maritime technologies, designed to take the search out of Search and Rescue. SafeTrx Mariner is the world’s leading registration, tracking and alerting solution for non-GMDSS vessels. The SafeTrx Mariner app creates a direct connection between the user out at sea, the Coast Guard or other marine search and rescue agencies, and with family and friends, all from one easy to use mobile interface.

Tried and tested in the real world of marine rescue, SafeTrx is used by Search and Rescue authorities in Spain; Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR), Denmark; The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), The Netherlands; the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM), Norway; Redningsselskapet (RS), Germany; the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS), Finland; the Finnish Lifeboat Institution (FLBI), Dubai; the Dubai Police, Sweden; the Sjöräddningssällskapet (SSRS), South Africa; the National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI), Australia; the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) and Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ), the UK; the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Ireland; the Irish Sailing Association (ISA).


News - May 22, 2019

The Clyde Cruising Club Scottish Series 2019 Chooses SafeTrx Flotilla Event

The Clyde Cruising Club and 8 West Consulting, the developers of SafeTrx, the leading maritime non GMDSS public safety system, are pleased to announce that the Scottish Series on May 24th-27th is using SafeTrx Flotilla Event.

Scotland’s premier yacht racing regatta happens every year on the second bank holiday of May in the stunning setting of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, and attracts a large fleet of yachts across a number of classes. The event chair, Rear Commodore Glenn Porter from the Clyde Cruising Club, has selected SafeTrx as the tracking system for the regatta. Glenn said “With over 100 yachts participating in races from Largs and across large parts of Loch Fyne we chose the SafeTrx app to introduce event tracking over the whole event for the first time. This will allow participants to track their races and to relive their race strategy by recording their tracks over the four days of the event using the SafeTrx app. We will publish the tracking site details in the coming days so the public can also watch the progress of the races. The whole team at Clyde Cruising Club is excited to bring this new technology to the Scottish series for racers and spectators.”

Learn more about SafeTrx Flotilla Event at http://www.safetrxapp.com/flotilla/


News - May 16, 2019

Royal Danish Navy present the country's up coming use of SafeTrx

Ahead of the Danish launch of SafeTrx, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Madsen of the Royal Danish Navy presented the country’s upcoming use of SafeTrx to the attendees at the 2019, Maritime Search & Rescue Event in Tallinn, Estonia. Lieutenant Commander Madsen is Head of Maritime Operations at Denmark’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC).The Royal Danish Navy will be using the SafeTrx platform to facilitate information gathering in the search phase and reduce the overall SAR response times as a result.

The SafeTrx app, which will be available in the Danish Apple App and Google Play stores this summer as ‘SejlSikkert Alarm’ and includes all the tried and tested SafeTrx vessel tracking and alerting features and will be available in both English and Danish.