Swantrak is a software program that Hatchet developed pro bono for the Sea Scout Council of Western Australia for their annual Swanabout event in which Scouts, Venturers and Rovers compete in sailing for 30 hours continuously over one weekend to travel the furthest within that time. Categories exist for different classes of boats so that winners from each can be selected.
The legacy system for tracking boats heading to or from a base involved paper based spreadsheets which were then migrated into excel based spreadsheets.
We created a custom software solution for Swantrack in the form of a web based tracking system. Now, when a boat departed one base, the arrival base would see it pop up on their arrivals screen immediately; resulting in a reduction of radio traffic between bases by about 90%.
Overdue vessels had SMS and email alerts, as well as status colour changes implemented. A GPS tracking device for each boat was prototyped and then developed into the system to provide a real-time tracking map of all vessels.