How Voyage Manager technology is helping Polar Bears and Paddleboards

The Objective

The Polar Bears and Paddleboards team wanted to use technology that would allow them to share their progress with people following the expedition, to communicate with the outside world during the expedition, and to provide their exact location in the event of an emergency.

The Solution

Polar Bears and Paddleboards worked with Voyage Manager to meet their brief. Voyage Manager have supplied the expedition with an Iridium Extreme satellite tracker phone and created the map webpage showing the progress of the expedition as a 'breadcrumb trail'. The Extreme provides communication of voice and data (including location) from anywhere in the world using the Iridium network of sixty-six satellites. It has a truly robust, weatherproof and impact-resistant design. Using it, the expedition team's progress is regularly automatically updated to the Voyage Manager platform to be displayed on the map, with no input required from team-members - important when you're using both hands for paddling! When stopping for the night or for a well-earned meal break, expedition members use the Extreme in conjunction with a tablet computer to:
  • update the world on progress
  • share this expedition through the Voyage Manager platform
  • update Twitter and FaceBook with text and pictures
  • send and receive emails
  • record and send audio diaries.
Justin Miles from Polar Bears and Paddleboards said "Voyage Manager have worked closely with us to make sure that we can get our message across as easily as possible, and remain safe while we're paddling in the cold of the Semilik Fjord in Greenland. It's great that followers of the expedition will be able to get real-time updates, via the map and our social media pages, of how we're doing!"

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About Voyage Manager

Voyage Manager is a Cambridge, UK based technology company providing software to help companies ensure the safety and security of their travelling staff. Its VM Suite platform is the only fully automated travel safety solution that monitors the actual location of travellers, comparing these with intended location to provide the earliest possible warning of potential problems and for corporate compliance. Contact us for more information on what we can do to help you keep your travellers safe.

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