2019 Safetrx user group meeting

Yesterday the annual SafeTrx User Group (SUG) meeting was hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) in their headquarters in Bremen, Germany.

In attendance were:

  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij – The Royal Netherlands SeaRescue Institution (KNRM)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS)
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • Redningsselskapet – Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (RS)
  • Royal Danish Navy – Søværnet
  • Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)
  • Suomen Meripelastusseura – Finnish Lifeboat Institution (FLBI)
  • Sjöräddningssällskapet – Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)
  • Network Communications Europe, in Sony Group

Pictured attendees:

  • Udo Fox – Executive Director of DGzRS
  • Antke Reemts
  • Marten Feddersen
  • Onno Heyen- DGzRS
  • Martin Fuhr Bolstad and Tor-Arne Nordbø – RS
  • Henk Kok and Carlo Hukema- KNRM
  • Andreas Hallonsten and Jessica Tennhammar – Network Communications Europe in Sony Group
  • Matt Leat – Maritime and Coast Guard Agency
  • Nick Fecher and Tony Wafer – RNLI
  • Stuart Carruthers, Sally Curry and Loretta Spridgeon – RYA
  • Fredrik Falkman – SSRS
  • Jaakko Heikkila – FLBI
  • Sten Emborg – DMAT
  • Thomas Madsen – Royal Danish Navy

The SUG meeting aims to promote cooperation and information exchange between existing SafeTrx users, which include Sea Rescue and Coast Guard organisations from around the world. The SUG members had the opportunity to share their experiences and propose ideas on how to continue the mission of taking the search out of search and rescue.

The meeting focuses on gathering feedback on the current version of SafeTrx and discussing proposed features for the 2020 version of the product, with a lot of exciting innovations being considered. The meeting gives an opportunity for delegates to discuss experiences, lessons learnt and share best practices. During yesterday’s meeting two of our friends from Sony presented the new SafeTrx application on mSafety wearable from Sony, no doubt this was a very engaging discussion and the highlight of the day!

Working together, we aim to continue to evolve SafeTrx.

Foto: Die Seenotretter – DGzRS