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SARMobile is a software development project bringing navigation, communications and organization tools to search and rescue teams using BlackBerry®1 smartphones. We have selected the BlackBerry platform because it is the only mobile connected platform certified for handling sensitive government data in Canada - where SARMobile is located. Search and rescue is the responability of government agencies, the data associated with a search is sensitive and deserves proper protection to ensure the privacy of the subjects of a search and their families.

While providing superior security features, the BlackBerry platform also provides access to the BlackBerry Messenger protocol which is a fast and reliable point to point, or point to multipoint communications protocol.

On this site you will find software documentation, white papers supporting design decisions and information on effective use of the software. We also provide tools to support instructional programs for search professionals and volunteers.

This project has grown out of a long interest in providing navigation support to search and rescue teams using GPS and portable computing technology. Search pattern computation and navigation support is well developed. Computation of the geometry of Aural Null electronic searches has recently been added. To provide support for the effective performance of the search technique as well as using the software to best advantage we have some material on the Aural Null search pattern, and applicable VHF Radio Propagation. SARMobile is also developing a simulator for Aural Null and Radio Direction Finding electronic searches.

The software is under development. We hope to have the first released version in BlackBerry AppWorld prior to BlackBerry DevCon Americas in October. If you wish to follow development progress you are welcome to read and participate in the Development Blog.

NEWS

  • Quadrennial SAR Review - Seeking Public Input The Minister of Defense, in response to a report from the Auditor General has started a quadrennial review of the Canadian Search and Rescue System. The Minister indicated that the ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2013, 09:24 by Support SarMobile
  • Auditor General's Report and New Funding Annoucements No one who has had any connection the the National Search and Rescue System in Canada could have missed the report from the Auditor General earlier this week, nor the ...
    Posted 4 May 2013, 06:34 by Micha @SARMobile
  • Hello GPS and E6B Updates Updates to our Hello GPS  and E6B  applications have been release in BlackBerry World. E6B has only minor fixes but Hello GPS has been adapted to work on the Q10 ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2013, 15:44 by Support SarMobile
  • SARMobile News The latest news is, SARMobile News. A new BlackBerry application that will help you keep up-to-date with what is happening here at SARMobile.Ca while you are on ...
    Posted 22 Mar 2013, 15:28 by Support SarMobile
  • Com Dev Receives MEOSAR Repeater Development Contract A space technology firm based in Ontario has received a $4.7M contract to develop electronic technology for Cospas-Sarsat designed to be carried on GPS satellites in medium earth ...
    Posted 10 Mar 2013, 17:44 by Support SarMobile
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SAFETY

  • Normalization of Deviance In the last two safety articles we talked about the deficiencies of technical search methods Wing Blanking and Ad hoc Direction Finding Antennas used by air search and rescue units ...
    Posted 8 Apr 2014, 04:20 by Support SarMobile
  • A Wing and a Prayer A Wing We haven't been able to determine exactly how the Wing Blanking technique came about, but it may have happened like this. Many years ago, a pilot flying ...
    Posted 26 Sep 2013, 14:54 by Support SarMobile
  • Is 'Highly Variable' or 'Seems to Work to Some Extent' Good Enough? In our last article we saw how a simple misunderstanding in executing an electronic search technique can cause delays in locating a crash site. In this article we will look ...
    Posted 14 Aug 2013, 18:47 by Support SarMobile
  • Electronic Seduction Delays Rescue Electronic seduction occurs when an electronic signal is generated or modified, either naturally or artificially, such that the signal guides a recipient to a location other than that intended by ...
    Posted 21 Jul 2013, 18:50 by Support SarMobile
  • What is Wrong with Search and Rescue in Canada? It has been some months since we have posted any updates to our site. We haven't been idle. Our developers have been busy building great features on the new ...
    Posted 10 Feb 2013, 07:03 by Micha @SARMobile
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