This release has seen the addition of two significant features a few additional ones.
Course Alert - Allows anyone active on Buoy Zone to raise a “Course Alert
Join as - Those joining a course now select their role and allocates a specific colour boat icon on map.
Enable satellite imagery map view option
Refinement of buttons on map page
A feature which we think offers a real innovation for on-water sports and race management.
This will be especially helpful in the case of general assistance requests, man-over boards, or urgent medic requests. If activated, a notification is sent to all Buoy Zone users who have joined or managed the course in the last 12 hours and alerts them to an assistant request with a location and ‘navigate to’ function.
“This is an area of innovation we haven’t seen before for on-water sports, where traditionally communications are completely reliant on VHF/Radio,”
We don’t see Buoy Zone replacing VHF, but we do believe it will expand the range of tools typically used by race officials, and be a valuable way to share more specific details and identify those best placed to respond.
Using the the Assistance request
On the map view select the symbol on the right which looks like a person with their arms out
On the pop up screen select the alert type you’re looking for (Man overboard, Assistance Request or Medic Request)
Tap the “Activate” button
This will send a notification to anyone who is, or has been active on the course.
To deactivate the Course Alert the individual user or the Race Officer has the option to deactivate the alert from the alert banner on the map screen.
This applies to those who are joining a course requiring them to select the role under which they are joining the course. These roles include Mark Vessel, Safety, Umpire, Official, Coach, Spectator, Competitor and Other. The roles all have a unique colour and are reflected throughout, including on the map view and list view.
As time goes by we see more and more users joining a course for different reasons, some playing and active role and managing a course and others just to observe. The goal through this addition is to allow anyone at a glance to see the role of each boat on the course by colour and descriptor.
The map buttons have been refreshed to include collapsed menu options within. The icons from the top are: