ViewRanger GPS, the leading outdoors app for mapping, tracking, navigation and location sharing, is now helping Lowland Search Dogs teams through the ViewRanger VSAR Program that delivers the app, plus maps, to accredited teams.
ViewRanger is already used and trusted by 50% of mountain rescue teams in England and Wales, and is used by search and rescue teams in Scotland and Ireland too. For search and rescue teams the app offers a combination of detailed Ordnance Survey mapping, accurate gps location, search track recording, and the unique BuddyBeacon location sharing that lets users see the position of other team members whilst, literally, out in the field. The ViewRanger app runs on Apple, Android, and Nokia Symbian smartphones and tablets.
Of particular note to Lowland Search Dog teams will be ViewRanger's exclusive integration with the Retrieva Tracking GPS dog collars, that allows even the search dogs themselves to be tracked in real-time as part of the BuddyBeacon location sharing feature.
Accredited LSDogs teams interested in joining the VSAR Program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and an application form or contact Lowland Search Dogs directly. Information on the Program can be found at www.viewranger.com/SAR
Séamus Kearns, Chairman of Lowland Search Dogs, said "The ability to have accurate mapping in the field is essential in order to search for missing people. Using the terrain and contour lines can significantly reduce the time taken to search an area with a dog, and ultimately save lives. Viewranger apps also allows reliable and portable tracking of routes and paths on a smartphone often, negating the need for expensive GPS devices."
Craig Wareham, CEO and co-founder of ViewRanger said "We are all keen outdoor enthusiasts at ViewRanger, and the VSAR Program is one small way that we can recognize and support the superb work done by search and rescue teams across the country. So we look forward to welcoming many of the LSDogs teams to the scheme."
About Lowland Search Dogs.
Lowland Search Dogs is a non-profit, voluntary organisation formed in November 2002. This 'umbrella' organisation was set up to bring together regional Search and Rescue Dog Units and to create and oversee standards for non-mountainous search dogs, in the UK.
They are available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
One of the greatest benefits of Lowland Search Dogs is the ability to call upon a large national resource at short notice. For example, if a young child goes missing, the local dog unit can immediately call for the services of all the other teams. Thus increasing the professional search resources available to the police
About ViewRanger GPS
Augmentra Ltd is the Cambridge UK based Angel funded software development company behind ViewRanger, the award winning mobile app, which delivers Mapping, Navigation, GPS- enabled guides & route content and Location Sharing to anyone who wants to get more from their time in the Great Outdoors.
The App runs on a massive range of smartphones and devices that use the Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, or Symbian OS and works virtually anywhere in the world using web based mapping, which can be cached for off-line use. Additionally, it can upgraded to run premium topographic map data like Ordnance Survey maps in Great Britain, for a growing number of countries, including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, parts of Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland & USA.
ViewRanger is also a GPS-enabled content publishing platform that allows Guidebook & Route owners, like The AA, Walking World, Cumbria Tourism and Cordee to deliver their content directly to a user’s smartphone.