Airline Airport Hazard Reporting Using IPhone and IPad
|Hazard Reporting via IPad is a Winner!|
SMS Pro created an offline hazard reporting tool in 2010 for desktop PCs. This offline hazard reporting software was created for operations in Canada and Africa where satellites provided Internet connectivity. Several operators tried this out, but the offline hazard reporting module for airlines had some disadvantages.
Disadvantages of Offline Hazard Reporting Module in SMS ProThe desktop PC version of SMS Pro had to be installed on every computer. This was not a Web application where all the files required to operate the system resided in the cloud, hosted on the Web servers provided by NorthWest Data Solutions in Anchorage, Alaska. Whenever a change occurred to the program, updates needed to be pushed to every box that had the offline hazard reporting software installed.
Requests for IPhone/IPad App to Report Hazards to Aviation SMS Software
|Hazard Reporting in Flight is Possible|
SMS Pro users have been using IPads for more than submitting airline/airport hazards. They have been conducting daily runway inspections, airfield lighting inspections and many of the other tasks that are supported in SMS Pro.
More frequently, users have been asking for the magic IPad app that would allow users to submit issues in offline mode. Pilots do not want to wait until they return to their computers or wait until they are in range of Internet connectivity. But most pilots today are using either an IPad or IPhone, or another smart phone device.
How to Report Airline Hazards In Offline Mode Using IPad?The answer is reporting hazards, airline accidents and incidents into your SMS Pro aviation safety management software framework is not difficult. Almost from the beginning of SMS Pro in 2008, the ability to report issues via email was supported. And reporting issues by email is the simplest, most effective way to increase hazard and incident reporting in your organization.
Approximately 30% of SMS Pro portals (out of several hundred) have configured their portals to accept email reporting. If you have not yet done so, details for this configuration can be found at
When you create an email in IPad or IPhone and you do not have Internet connectivity, the email is placed in the Outbox. When Internet access is returned, the email is automatically sent without further intervention. This is the same functionality as SMS Pro's offline hazard reporting module.
IPad & IPhone Hazard Reporting Improves Reporting Culture
|Easily Get Hazard Reports|
- Paper based hazard reports; and
- Electronic Web based hazard reports.
Another disadvantage of IPad and IPhone hazard reporting by email is that anonymous reporting is not guaranteed. Using SMS Pro's web based hazard reporting software, users can elect to report anonymously. Using email, a user is waiving his right to anonymous reporting.
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About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.