An advantage of modern locating technology is the vast number of its possible applications. Finder Online “left the office desk” a long time ago, even for pure business applications, from the moment that it obtained an excellent management module for mobile service on smartphones and tablets. However for Finder enthusiasts, a simple “escape from the office desk” is decidedly too little. These enthusiasts not only had to get away from the desk, but they also had to sail out onto the open seas, drive out into the desert spraying sand and mud all around and even to fly up beyond the clouds.
The answer is not easy. Land, water, the sky, we cover these areas on a daily basis. Yachting competitions have been reported with Finder Online – The European Championships in Match Racing and the Polish Journalists Championships. Young windsurfers at schools in the Puck Bay used our system with our personal locating devices for their safety. Finder devices have risen into the air high above the ground in the gliders of the Rzeszow Aero Club. Cross-country and off-road rally drivers supported by Finder travelled off-road in Poland (the Drezno-Wrocław Rally, the Magam Trophy, the MT Rally and others) and in the African deserts (RMF Morocco Challenge). In addition, in a similar way, Finder supported the technical support and TV crews of the “Tour de Pologne” cycle race. We have supported safety and security at large scale events – the Woodstock Festival and the Warsaw Marathon. We have undertaken a community operation for the safety of students travelling away on trips “Safe Trips”. With our technology, we have joined many interesting travel ventures – for example, “The Great Race of Program 3. Polish Radio” and the Expedition to Mount Ararat.
Off-road and in unpopulated places, information about the location of participants of sporting events or expeditions is a key issue to ensure their safety and security. Thanks to the devices, which we equip them with, they can summons help to a specific place. An alarm can also be initiated automatically. Using the Finder platform, support crews have a constant overview of the progress of the event. Such a system proves itself well as the main element of a management centre for safety and security at large scale events. The security crews are equipped with personal locating devices, thanks to which it is perfectly clear where they are located and what tasks they are performing.
Another application of the Finder Online platform is internet reporting of events. Fans, who do not have any chance to support their favourite competitors onsite due to the location where the competition is being held (the Sahara desert, the Atacama desert, off-road training grounds), can observe their struggles in website services. The route they have travelled is displayed on a map, the ranking of the crews, the travel speed and a lot of other interesting information. A totally new quality of reporting is offered by the special mobile application running on all kinds of devices (smartphones, tablets, and computers). Apart from information from the vehicles, information from reporters, photographs, films, interviews and blogs written by the participants are all transmitted. The Dakar 2012 Rally was reported in this manner, in the most complete form. The NasiNaDakarze.pl application supporting the rally was very well received and attracted many supporters. In the category of sporting applications, it was in first place in AppStore and in second place in the Android Market.