A Breakthrough in Sailing Safety, First Safe Sail Prototype Field Test
Navigating the expansive waters in Uganda and beyond has never been more precise, and reassuring, thanks to this groundbreaking technology, Safe Sail. On June 8th, 2023, with anticipation, the pioneering team behind this innovation embarked on its inaugural trial run in Kibanga Port.
The Day of the Trial
Bright and early at Kibanga Port on Lake Victoria, the assembly of the Safe Sail device was finalized, signaling the beginning of a potentially monumental leap for sailing safety. Upon activation of the Safe Sail web application, the team could vividly visualize their location on the Safe Sail web interface with the familiar OpenStreetMap base map. But how would the on-land accuracy translate once they hit the waters? That was the day’s burning question.
Meet the Team Behind SafeSail
The brainchild of an exceptional team, SafeSail is a testament to collaboration and innovation. Spearheading the trial were:
Ephraim Oburu, the mastermind, and lead of Safe Sail
Sandra Waniwroth, the insightful eye for Innovation and Research
Edwin Kiyimba, a core pillar in Innovation and Research
Orishaba Donitar, the voice the Communications Lead
Ronald Tumusiime, the Operations Manager from OpenStreetMap Uganda
Together, this team embarked on a journey that had been months in the making.
Setting Sail with SafeSail
With the device active and the web application running, the team began their expedition. As the boat cut through the serene waters, SafeSail painted a real-time track of their movement on Lake Victoria’s map. A glance at the screen pinpointed their position, giving the crew an unparalleled sense of assurance. This moment was the pinnacle of countless hours of embedded programming, meticulous design, and web application development.
Returning with Insight
As the journey progressed, the team accumulated invaluable data. Upon returning to shore, the track’s accuracy was undeniable. With this treasure trove of information, the following steps were clear: calibrating the Safe Sail device and web application in preparation for upcoming trials. This maiden voyage was merely the dawn of a new era for Safe Sail.
What’s Next for SafeSail?
The trial’s success proves SafeSail’s ability to offer real-time, accurate location data while on water. In moments of distress or emergencies, this could be pivotal. Having access to accurate location data can expedite rescue operations, potentially saving lives.
The brilliance of SafeSail extends beyond mere location tracking; it signifies hope for enhanced sailing safety. As sailors and enthusiasts alike await future developments, one thing is clear: SafeSail has set sail, and it’s charting a course toward a safer tomorrow.
Oburu Ephraim; Innovation and Research Associate
Edwin Kiyimba; Innovation and Research Lead
Sandra Waniwroth; Innovation and Research Associate
Author: OpenStreetMap Uganda
Written by: Orishaba Donitar