The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has launched version two of its IAATO Polar Guide – Antarctica app,
This app is claimed to help users in the field to gain access to essential information, without the need for a phone signal.
IAATO launched the first version of its app for visitors, expedition staff and those with an interest in the continent on Antarctica Day, 1st December, 2017.
Work on the second edition of the guide has been underway since April this year, to add new features to the tool, which already includes existing operational procedures and guidelines for wildlife watching, visiting specific sites, being a responsible Antarctic visitor, preventing the introduction of alien species, supporting science, etc.
The app is claimed to be invaluable for IAATO expedition staff in the field, but is also a helpful resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty and the work being done to preserve the continent’s landscape and wildlife, IAATO said.
Lisa Kelley, IAATO Head of Operations, said: “This version of the IAATO Polar Guide App has been constantly evolving since we launched the first iteration in December last year.
“One big change with version two is that information is now found on a central server, which is accessible from most countries around the world. This will greatly increase download and update speeds, making retrieving essential polar information even easier than before.
“We have also given the app a bit of a facelift; the addition of a shiny new skin and re-designed menus will make using the Polar Guide: Antarctica app clearer, easier to navigate and more graphically standardised,” she said.
The app allows users to keep up to speed with the latest Antarctic Treaty, IAATO vessel and IMO information for effective yacht and ship operations; and enables them to support Antarctic science and conservation while enhancing their experience on the continent by checking out selected citizen science projects.
Users can quickly refer to essential information in order to meet all IAATO and Antarctic Treaty System requirements for safe and principled operations on and around the area.
Kelley added: “IAATO members continuously research new technology to strengthen our policy of safe and responsible travel while always abiding by Antarctic Treaty requirements. After enthusiastically positive feedback following the app’s original launch last year, it has continued to evolve to become the faster, sharper and altogether better resource it is today.”