The free version for 5 users was perfect to the test the concept on board and allowed us to present it to the captain without having to make an initial capital outlay or wait for a contractor to come back with a proposal. Once we decided that the concept was going to meet our basic needs, it was time to engage the supplier and we have found Hadleigh Ford, managing director at SwipedOn, a highly approachable and engaging contractor. With prior experience in the yacht sector he was able to almost second guess some of our requirements and understood the need for functionality to meet form. We have been able to tailor SwipedOn’s interface and operation exactly to our requirements allowing us to effectively monitor our crews’ movements and giving ready access to POB information should we need to muster in an emergency.
The feedback from the crew has been very positive after many years of using a system which had limited functionality and was difficult to operate. The smooth and intuitive nature of SwipedOn’s interface has allowed current and new crew to adapt to the system with ease.
The annual subscription package gives us peace of mind knowing that no matter where we are in the world, help is only an email away. It also allows us to receive general updates for the system as they become available through www.testflightapp.com, which means we can benefit from general changes to system as it develops.
With the popularity of Apple products it has been easy to source physical customisations for the system. We are currently awaiting the delivery of a laser-engraved wooden enclosure with a quick-release mechanism for those rare emergency situations. This has allowed us to blend the hardware into the vessel’s interior with minimum structural changes.
SwipedOn has proven to be a fantastic find and we look forward to working with them in the future.
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