Tag: communications

SARScene 2012 Presentation

I attended SARScene again this year (see here for last year’s presentation), and gave a presentation titled “Best Practices in Managing Geospatial Data for SAR Teams”. The idea was to present practical tips on managing “geospatial data” which is a

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A forum experiment

I installed a forum here on the blog as an experiment. You can access it via the menu at the top of the page, or at the following URL: forum.oplopanax.ca My idea is to foster more discussion from SAR members

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A Social Media Storm

I originally wrote the following as a response to a question in a LinkedIn Group “Do you have a social media policy?”, and although it’s not a direct answer to that question it is an interesting lesson on an undesired effect of

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The idiocy of using social media to call for help

The Canadian Red Cross commissioned Ipsos Reid to conduct a survey on what Canadians expect of social media in an emergency. One of the results they talk about here is that 63% of respondents think emergency responders should answer emergency calls via

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Cell phones and GPS

It seems there’s been a few articles in the news recently about Cell phones and GPS “signals”, and how SAR uses them. The Issue: Accuracy Last week, North Shore Rescue helpfully pointed out some perceived flaws in the system. That

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Satellite Phones and 911

Some information came through the SAR grapevine the other day about Satellite Phones and how to call for help. One of the SAR teams had been advising people to take a Satellite phone with them when heading into the backcountry,

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William Fisher Search Review

William Fisher Search Review The running joke at Comox Valley SAR is that if we’re having a social event bring your gear: we’re about to have a task. True to form, our last call out occurred on the way to

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The use of Smartphones in SAR

As much as I’ve written about how you shouldn’t use a smart phone for backcountry navigation, and about the general problem of running down the battery and exposing it to cold and wet conditions, under certain circumstances they are an

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Smart Phones and Battery Life

I’ve written previously about how you shouldn’t use smart phones for backcountry navigation. In that article I made some claims about battery life. My article was reposted (not my me) in a forum, and some of the replies to that

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SPOT Connect and Smart Phones

I’d like to direct people to Will Gadd’s article on the SPOT Connect. I’ve previously written how smartphones should not be used as a primary navigation device for backcountry travelers. Will points out that the SPOT connect, when paired with

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