The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Volunteer crews give their time and effort to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions.
The RNLI wanted to improve safety on small fishing vessels by introducing a new automatic system that would quickly alert search and rescue authorities that a vessel is in serious difficulties. Often, fishermen on small craft were not registered as missing until family or friends contacted the Coastguard to report that a boat had failed to return to shore. This could be many hours after an incident, by which time the crew could be lost.
The GAP team in partnership with the RNLI developed the MOB (Man Overboard) Guardian system to track the location of fishing vessels in real time. MOB Guardian provides a safety net for both the fishing boat and individual crew members. As soon as the boat goes to sea, MOB Guardian is monitored from land and automatically updates its position at regular intervals. The system provides a wireless personal safety device that is worn by crew members. Coupled with a low cost satellite communications system, if a crew member goes overboard, the search and rescue services are alerted typically within one minute.
More lives saved
Increased crew safety
Improved SAR response time
Improved SAR asset management system
Improved information to Coastguard
Reduced operational costs
MOB Guardian is currently fitted to over 500 fishing vessels in waters around the United Kingdom and Ireland. The system is used on a daily basis by fishermen, ensuring that they are always connected to the coastguard. The fishermen and their families have peace of mind that should anything happen, they would be found. The RNLI Operations Room monitor the vessels 24x7x365. Powered by our GAP technology, the MOB Guardian application is designed to meet the specialised requirements of the RNLI. By using GAP, which is hosted on a highly scalable cloud computing platform, the RNLI is not only helping to save lives, but also saves money by not having to run their own on-premise infrastructure. With a highly scalable computing platform, GAP provides excellent performance, high availability and high reliability.
GAP has made a positive contribution to fishing safety in the United Kingdom and we have won three British Computer Society IT and Innovation Awards for our work on the MOB Guardian system, including the Best IT Project in the UK. “The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has embraced cloud technology and is using the Global Alerting Platform for our MOB Guardian system in order to continue safeguarding fishermen’s lives with better resilience” Peter Bradley, Staff Officer Operations for RNLI. GAP is a proven platform that is tried and tested. The RNLI has been monitoring fishermen since 2006 and our platform has helped to save 9 lives and assisted with many more emergencies.
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