SARIS: search and rescue software that saves lives

Combining the experience of world coastguard agencies with our expertise in marine environmental software systems.

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Key contact

Ian Smith

Business Line Manager, SARIS

Fareham, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1489 889260

Saving lives

The Search and Rescue Information System (SARIS) is a market leading Search and Rescue response decision support system incorporating both Search Area Determination (SAD) and Search Area Coverage (SAC), following IAMSAR procedures. The SARIS search and rescue software version 4 is the latest generation of information technology for Search and Rescue , which has gained an international reputation over the last 20 years.

Based upon its ease of use and the in-depth attention paid to the requirements of Coastguards and Navies in real SAR events. SARIS was designed by Coastguards for use by Coastguards and has been used by SAR Authorities across the world since 1996.

The problem

The primary planning requirement during a search and rescue operation is knowledge of the likely search area in which targets may be found. The determination of search areas is not straightforward in an environment where the prevailing meteorology and oceanography complicates target trajectory. Our search and rescue software has been designed to operate anywhere in the world. Using forecast oceanography data and electronic charts, SARIS can be applied by any organisation in the world.

The solution

Clear interface

Clear, step-by-step interface system allowing rapid setup during emergency operations by all staff

Metocean forecast data

Configured to operate with gridded hydrodynamic imported Metocean forecast data (NetCDF or GRIB formats

Target types

Inbuilt database of target types, to match the object being searched for

Planning facilities

Monte Carlo, Datum Point, Datum Line and Backtrack planning facilities

Charting support

S57 ENC and Shape chart support

Target trajectory

Chart-based display of target trajectory, prevailing metocean data, and most probable search area

Results outputs

Results output to PDF, RTF, KML and XML


Online training and support videos