GeoIQ Mobile App for First Responders
Together with our Interaction design partner User Intelligence, we were commissioned by GeoIQ to design a mobile app for Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel. The app overlays mission-critical information onto shared maps and allows first responders to share new information. One crucial requirement was the integration of social media.
GeoIQ is the corporate face of GeoCommons, an open-source platform for geo-information. The platform allows users to overlay quantitative and qualitative data on maps.
Design & Results
The visual design of the app was kept as basic as possible. During SAR operations, the app needs to be used quick, fast and provide insight. The visual design should be an aid to the personnel and not form a distraction. With this in mind, we designed interactive elements such as button and icons, larger than commonly used in mobile apps. Also we kept high contrast levels throughout the app design in case of bad lighting conditions.
For now, a single Search and Rescue team in the US is trialling the app as a pilot study. If it is successful, more teams and agencies may adopt our app into their disaster response workflow. So far, we have received positive feedback from GeoIQ, from other stakeholders, and most importantly from the first responders in the field.