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Safety devices coded

An Irish council has teamed up with Irish Water Safety to pilot a programme using GPS to improve emergency response.

Limerick County Council has teamed up with Irish Water Safety and Cork company Loc8 Code to speed up responses following marine and water accidents in Co Limerick.

Under the programme, 86 ringbuoys and their holders along the Shannon, Mulcair and Maigue rivers and other waterside locations have been fitted with 'Loc8' code stickers - if a person requires emergency assistance at one of these locations they can call 999 and give their code to emergency services, who will be able to use an app to determine the person's location.

A Limerick County Council water safety development officer explains 'The code is also compatible with satnav systems and on the web to help emergency service navigate to the relevant location.' He adds that people can also report missing or damaged ringbuoys using the codes.

Institute Fellow Gary Delaney - founder and CEO of Loc8 Codes - describes the codes as a modern alternative to postcodes which can be used in web, smartphone and GPS technologies.

A Loc8 code comprises 8 characters in the format XXX-XX-XXX (eg W8L-82-4YK) derived from Ordnance Survey Ireland mapping, and is claimed to be accurate to ~6m.

Details from the links below.

  • 23 October 2012
  • Irish Branch

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