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A commercially available data-base for the general public & technicians to use in identifying & reporting explosive remnants of war.

Collective Awareness To Unexploded Ordnance (CAT-UXO) aims to bring together the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), humanitarian mine action (HMA) and hostile environment (HE) communities in order to collate information and awareness on Un-exploded Ordnance (UXO) and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).  Each month over 300 people throughout the world are killed or injured by explosive hazards left behind after conflict.  By collating this knowledge via technical personnel and redistributing it on a simple and easy to understand medium, non-technical personnel may be better prepared in preventing further injuries and death from various UXO and ERW. CAT-UXOs first product was the development of a Landmine Awareness application for the iPhone. The second product was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness application. This forms the “Collective Awareness To” brand of iPhone applications providing easy to understand explosive hazard awareness. Collectively the apps have been downloaded by over 3000 users in over 52 countries worldwide and today are being used to reduce injury from post conflict UXO. Along with these apps CAT-UXO provides a social media presence on Facebook further providing an awareness and discussion platform for friends and members of CAT-UXO. 

CAT-UXO now wants to consolidate the technology and data received from these apps into a single portal for the general public and EOD technicians to access relevant and up to date ERW data.  CAT-UXO wants to develop the first publically available CAT-UXO ERW Data-Base available initially on the tablet platforms (iPad) and then onto the internet.

This is the splash page for the proposed iPad app. Android and Windows version will also be developed.
This is the splash page for the proposed iPad app. Android and Windows version will also be developed.
This is the Home Page showing the available menus on the left.  Twitter feeds from the IPhone apps on the right and a glance at the members’ only message board.  The bottom left advertisement space will rotate through all commercial advertisers.
This is the Home Page showing the available menus on the left. Twitter feeds from the IPhone apps on the right and a glance at the members’ only message board. The bottom left advertisement space will rotate through all commercial advertisers.
This is the first ERW data search menu.  You can search through individual main groups or attempt to enter details in the search area.  Small thumb-nails show a single image of each item which can be scrolled along.
This is the first ERW data search menu. You can search through individual main groups or attempt to enter details in the search area. Small thumb-nails show a single image of each item which can be scrolled along.
This page shows, by main groups the items found from your search.
This page shows, by main groups the items found from your search.
This page shows the specific data for an individual munition.  This page, with limited data can be viewed by non-members.  Access to further technical info and RSPs is restricted to members only.
This page shows the specific data for an individual munition. This page, with limited data can be viewed by non-members. Access to further technical info and RSPs is restricted to members only.
This ERW Location page, utilising Google Earth indicates the locations of ERW as reported to CAT-UXO.
This ERW Location page, utilising Google Earth indicates the locations of ERW as reported to CAT-UXO.
By zooming in on Google Earth individual items of ERW or minefield locations can be seen.  Members only will be able to access coordinates and specific ERW data.
By zooming in on Google Earth individual items of ERW or minefield locations can be seen. Members only will be able to access coordinates and specific ERW data.
Here a data-base of commercially available ERW, C-IED & EOD clearance equipment will be accessible by all.  Direct links to manufacturers, product updates and industry news will allow the user fast and easy access to equipment and their suppliers.
Here a data-base of commercially available ERW, C-IED & EOD clearance equipment will be accessible by all. Direct links to manufacturers, product updates and industry news will allow the user fast and easy access to equipment and their suppliers.
Here a data-base of EOD companies including clearance, consultancy and training can advertise their services and contact details.
Here a data-base of EOD companies including clearance, consultancy and training can advertise their services and contact details.
An industry job board allows the connection of both companies and available contractors or potential employees.  Members only will be able to access this area.
An industry job board allows the connection of both companies and available contractors or potential employees. Members only will be able to access this area.
This is the member’s only log in page.  This then allows individuals access to all areas of the app including additional specialist technical info, the message board and any new job offers.
This is the member’s only log in page. This then allows individuals access to all areas of the app including additional specialist technical info, the message board and any new job offers.
Members only gain ‘contribution points’ for technical info, images or RSPs contributed to the app.  As these contribution points increase members can be awarded gifts such as additional membership, free sponsored gifts and reduced costs to conferences.
Members only gain ‘contribution points’ for technical info, images or RSPs contributed to the app. As these contribution points increase members can be awarded gifts such as additional membership, free sponsored gifts and reduced costs to conferences.

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1. As data and images are added to the app the downloaded data to your individual tablet may get excessive. A setting function will allow you to hold either all data or limited data only. On connection to a wifi additional data will be available and cached as required.

2. Non-technical individuals may want to gain access to RSP information and use it for surreptitious purposes. A request for full membership will require vetting and proof of professional qualifications. Submitted RSPs and technical data will also be vetted before being added to the app.

3. Concerns to liability will be raised as CAT-UXO is providing Render Safe Procedures. If individual technicians use the suggested RSPs and have an accident they may consider making an injury claim against CAT-UXO. On making an application for membership a clear disclaimer by users will have to be agreed to. RSPs are supplied to individuals as a suggested means of disposing an item, to be used at their own risk.

4. Data is the most valued commodity in this project. Loss by theft, fire or damage is a real risk. Suitable IT backup systems and hardware protection systems will be used in the development and storage of the project data.

FAQ

  • Yes the app will be released on Apple iOS, Android and Windows initially. The iPad on the KickStarter project is just for display purposes at the moment. In addition the data will be available via the web so anyone with an internet connection will be able to access the site.

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    For any individual making a pledge over £50 they will receive a years free membership of the Members Only area including further technical data with RSPs for selected munitions and ERW.

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    For any commercial company making a pledge over £100 they will receive a years free advertisement space on the app and all CAT-UXO platforms and products (iPhone, iPad, Social media & Web page etc).

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    For any pledge over £300 individuals or companies will receive a years free access to the ERW location data-base showing all reported ERW locations collated by CAT-UXO.

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