TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – The month of September 2018 was horrible. The sky was cloudy almost every day. It rained quite a lot. I hoped that it would be different in October. It started all right. Oh, whoa… I guess the cloudy sky has been carried over to this month.
Anyway, I have submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store. This new software release is called Search Party Command Center.
Search Party Command Center is a desktop application that helps you run a search party operation efficiently. When someone goes missing in your neighborhood, it is important to find him or her as quickly as possible. It is also important to run a search party operation as efficiently as possible. You don’t want to send multiple groups to the same area. Search Party Command Center lets you draw walk paths over the map so that you can allocate them to search party volunteers. A volunteer with an iOS device running the iOS app counterpart can just walk according to their assignment. And they can submit a dataset containing GPS coordinates so that you know where they have searched.
- Select a map type – Standar, Hybrid, Satellite.
- Set up a command post at the GPS position of your choosing over the map.
- Create a search host profile so that iOS app users can submit their data to you with a click of a button.
- Create multiple search party projects.
- Draw walk paths over the map.
- Generate a QR code for a walk path you select so that a search party volunteer can scan the screen to get their assignment.
- Pass a walk assignment to an iOS app user through Mail, Messages, and others.
- Receive location data from iOS app users. Drag and drop a location data file onto a drop box to collection data.
- Collect location data from iOS app users through iCloud Drive.
- Let the application erect annotation pins over the map so that you know where search party volunteers have walked.
- Languages: English only.
- Application file size: 32.1 MB.
- The application comes with a built-in 17-page user guide. Click on the button that says ‘Learn how to use Search Party Command Center’ in the Home screen.
- 10.12 (tested with 10.12.6), 10.13 (not tested), 10.14 (tested with 10.14.0)
- 64-bit system
- The user can open one search party project at a time.
- In order to gather location data from iOS app users through iCloud Drive, you must have an iCloud account.
Nothing so far…
There is no trial or demo version available since the application is available for free.
There is no video tutorial at this time.
This application is designed to collect and manage GPS positions of search party volunteers using the iOS counterpart. The data it gathers from your search party volunteers stays within the application only for your use and will not leave this application. So no third party will have access to it unless you select Export Project under File and share a project with somone for yourself. Whether you have acquired this application through Mac App Store or not, the application has no access to your purchase information. Therefore, there is no purchase history to be shared with a third party.
This application will have access to your current GPS position when you turn on the My location button, though. If you do not wish this application to access your current GPS position, open Preferences. Next, click on Security & Privacy. And navigate to the Privacy tab. Then select Location Services. Finally, turn off the checkbox for this application for Location Services.
Search Party Command Center is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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