The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service, Hyderabad has
launched a mobile app version of the software Search and Rescue Aided Tool to
search and locate missing objects in seas.
According to the Centre sources the app was launched here on July 16. The
app can help in assisting the search operations of more than sixty types of
missing objects like ships, boats and people waiting to be rescued from rough
It took for the Hyderabad based institute nearly five years to develop the
app and is available in all the coastal languages including Tamil and Telugu.
The mobile app is functional to anyone within ten kilometers of the
coastline where mobile phones are functional. The facility will be useful to fishermen
caught in rough seas or when they face the wrath of the navy of a neighbouring
The accuracy of the app has been tested and validated. Efforts are to link
the app with INSAT to improve the system and provide real time transmission and
relay of information.