November 15, 2017, Annapolis, MD – The Weems & Plath CrewWatcher man overboard (MOB) system (CrewWatcher) received the prestigious DAME Design Award in the Lifesaving and Safety category at the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam.
In choosing CrewWatcher for this award the DAME Jury said, “CrewWatcher should be the winner because of the particularly simple and intuitive user interface design of its smartphone app, and the way in which it seemed easy to use right out of the box.”
CrewWatcher is a revolutionary, app-based crew overboard alarm system that is the fastest way to rescue a person who is overboard. The system works like a virtual lifeline and is made up of two components: a smartphone application and a small beacon that can be comfortably worn by each crew. The beacon does not require complex manual activation. The alarm will trigger automatically in a man overboard event. Should someone go overboard, it will automatically sound an alarm, provide lat/long coordinates of the MOB event, the time of the event, and will visually guide the rescuer.
The DAME Design Award is the largest marine competition of its kind anywhere in the world. It focuses attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality, and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging.
“Receiving this highly coveted award is an honor and would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of the whole CrewWatcher team,” said Weems & Plath CEO, Peter Trogdon. “I couldn’t be more pleased with this recognition of our commitment to bringing new technologies to market that improve our customers’ safety while boating.”