3SGroup (Mapyx) is the market leader in the provision of fully integrated mapping, search management and tracking solutions. Their solutions are in use with Mountain & Lowland Rescue, Maritime Coastguard Agency, the Ministry of Defence, Police Forces and hundreds of educational organisations both in UK and abroad; their solutions are simply the preferred choice for professionals.

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What do you do?

Our two primary client target groups are personal users, such as walkers, hikers, cyclists etc and professional users such as educational and search organisations; solutions are delivered to each of these target groups respectively by Mapyx and 3Sgroup.

Our primary objective is focussed on the delivery of market leading solutions to enhance the experience, safety, education and protection of persons engaged in all forms of outdoor activity.

All solutions can be used on PC, network, mobile and cloud-based, making the solution unique in its delivery of a fully integrated platform of integrated solutions.

In educational use, Tracking systems display the location of the tracker on receiving devices such as computers and mobile phones. Therefore, trackers can be used to monitor the location and progress of groups on expeditions.

Tracking systems are a useful safety aid and for identifying mistakes in navigation and subsequently evaluating performance and feedback to participants. Used correctly, it’s a valuable teaching aid.

Why do you work with the DofE?

Working with the DofE allows us to meet our objectives of enhancing the safety and education of those persons involved in outdoor activities. Our work with professional rescue services and their use of our solutions provided the motivation and technology to assist in the enhancing risk prevention in all outdoor activities.

What do you think the DofE gives to or does for young people?

The DofE provides foundation life-skills and experience.

What are the benefits of using the Mapyx tracking solution?

  • Peace of mind for DofE Leaders and Assessors.
  • Remote supervision, without taking away the need for Leaders/Assessors to retain total responsibility.
  • Tracking of multiple groups in multiple locations.
  • Tracker charges now fully flexible, reducing costs of entry and use.
  • Fully comprehensive and integrated control and back-up solutions.
  • Already in use by existing DofE groups.
  • Compatible with the eDofE Mapping system to permit the transfer of data.
  • Cost-effective technological solutions to aid effective management.
  • 24/7 back-up and emergency support.
  • Saving on fuel due to a known location.

What else should you consider?

Care must be taken to work out how Supervisors and Assessors will have access to the tracking information while supporting expeditions.

Everyone involved must be trained in using the tracking device and accompanying software.

Tracking systems that rely upon mobile phone networks should not be used as reception is too unreliable in remote areas.

Correct use and reading of tracking data provide speed, location and messages, so does go some way to communicating key performance data, but regular interfaces with leaders/supervisors are still essential.

Tracking systems are not there to stop teams making mistakes but are there to help if a situation deteriorates or if help is needed. Tracking still allows teams to get lost and correct their navigation errors, but tracking permits the leader to know their location and provide support, as necessary.

While the DofE allows DofE groups to use tracking systems to support the safety of their expedition teams, it’s not a requirement, nor is it a substitute for the required emergency training and competent supervision.