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Old 08-07-2018, 06:28 PM   #1
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The NH Marine Patrol along with the US Coast Guard, National Safe Boating Council, and East Carolina University would like to bring to your attention a new boating safety app that is now available nationwide. SOBOS is an iOS and Android mobile app, providing information about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters, designed to reduce recreational boating accidents. The goal is to test the efficacy of crowdsourcing recreational boating data as an evidence-based public health approach to reducing boating accidents.

SOBOS builds a “situational awareness” boater network that enables reports such as floating debris, lake congestion, broken down boats, and more (similar to the Waze app).

This project is also designed to reduce recreational boating accidents and fatalities by examining non-accident based boater characteristics.

For more information or to ask questions about SOBOS, visit https://sobos.org
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:02 AM   #2
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Now Hear This: Could someone please explain in English that is easily understood, what the heck the MP is talking about?

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Sure, let's let MP track everyone going to/from Braun Bay, Naswa, West Alton, Dive, Margate or anywhere else where certain adult activities may be taking place. But the App claims "anonymity"...

No thanks!
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Now Hear This: Could someone please explain in English that is easily understood, what the heck the MP is talking about?

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If they explained it so you could understand it, NOBODY would do it!! That's ALL you need to know. There is a word for it (propaganda), but I don't want to get in trouble for going "off topic" on a boating forum... However, Seaplane Pilot nailed it!!

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Sure, let's let MP track everyone going to/from Braun Bay, Naswa, West Alton, Dive, Margate or anywhere else where certain adult activities may be taking place. But the App claims "anonymity"...

No thanks!
I agree--it seems kind of creepy to me. In English for FLL--the app tracks your boat as you move across the lake giving the authorities a map of all the participating boats and their location. Kind of like the Uber app that shows where all the cars are.

I can imagine plenty of cool apps that would help the MP, easier reporting of safety or environmental violations would be a great place to start, but I do not like this Big Brother approach.
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Propaganda is media material or information meant to persuade or manipulate politically. This is not really that, but other than English teachery semantics, we agree (for maybe the first time): unlike Waze, this would show where people congregate, as well as driving behavior rather than just patterns or momentary location, speed, etc.

Marine Patrol, do you have specific information on what data would be recorded and how it would contribute to safer boating?
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If they explained it so you could understand it, NOBODY would do it!! That's ALL you need to know. There is a word for it (propaganda), but I don't want to get in trouble for going "off topic" on a boating forum... However, Seaplane Pilot nailed it!!
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Now Hear This: Could someone please explain in English that is easily understood, what the heck the MP is talking about? Thanks in advance.
'Can't say I've seen so many hyphenated words outside of Sociology PhDs:

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"through its evidence-based public health approach. It provides commercial, governmental, and university partners access to anonymous, non-accident-based on-water recreational boater data to study normal geospatial-temporal boating"
Active speeding and drunk boaters would make for an interesting screen on a computer, but don't expect many of those boaters will sign up.

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MP goal is to protect and serve. The more information they have regarding boater behavior, the more effectively and efficiently they can do their job. A lot of posters complain about bad boater behavior, but when offered a chance to help MP do their job it is suddenly a privacy issue? To get (good policing), you have to give (information) and why not do it with a smile? MP is welcome on my boat or my phone any time because I play by the rules. If you have something to hide this will not be your cup of tea, but then donít bitch about how ineffective MP is when the bad boater misbehaves in your neck of the woods. Are you part of the problem or part of the answer? Sign me up.


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MP goal is to protect and serve. The more information they have regarding boater behavior, the more effectively and efficiently they can do their job. A lot of posters complain about bad boater behavior, but when offered a chance to help MP do their job it is suddenly a privacy issue? To get (good policing), you have to give (information) and why not do it with a smile? MP is welcome on my boat or my phone any time because I play by the rules. If you have something to hide this will not be your cup of tea, but then donít bitch about how ineffective MP is when the bad boater misbehaves in your neck of the woods. Are you part of the problem or part of the answer? Sign me up.


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George, I'm trying to figure out how this app will prevent bad boating. It is compared to Waze, which has zero effect on driving habits (to the best of my knowledge).

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MP goal is to protect and serve. The more information they have regarding boater behavior, the more effectively and efficiently they can do their job. A lot of posters complain about bad boater behavior, but when offered a chance to help MP do their job it is suddenly a privacy issue? To get (good policing), you have to give (information) and why not do it with a smile? MP is welcome on my boat or my phone any time because I play by the rules. If you have something to hide this will not be your cup of tea, but then donít bitch about how ineffective MP is when the bad boater misbehaves in your neck of the woods. Are you part of the problem or part of the answer? Sign me up.


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I donít see this ďprogramĒ as a help to anyone except maybe the app developer.
Itís the same as pushing for gun control...it only impacts law abiding, citizens as they are the ones that obey laws.
I obey boating laws but the Joe Schmoes of the lake blissfully go on their way breaking law after law (obvious ones like the 150í and no wake) not to mention ones I donít see.
As someone said, Joe Schmoe is not signing up for participation.
Too much govít control is not good and you can apply this to almost anything.
The way to curb the Joe Schmoes is to increase MP presence and hire more officers that have a desire to police the waters, ticket offenders and promote safety by doing so.
Why does an officer need a $500k boat (or whatever thy cost)? They did well for years with 18-20í aluminum boats with minimal equipment.
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Default Explanation is easily found and read....

So I dug a little deeper out of curiosity. This is clearly explained as a voluntary anonymous survey, that would take the place of older paper or phone type surveys, to study and analyze actual boating activities in a given body of water. Nothing nefarious or big brother, but a tool using modern technology to gather useful statistical information in a quicker and much less labor intensive manner. A visit to the MPís FAQ page clearly explains the program in plain English, and its anticipated benefits in boater safety and formulating future boating regulations.

Do you think you are boating anonymously now if you are carrying your GPS enabled phone or other device?

Personally I salute the Marine Patrol for taking this innovative approach,and will gladly participate when Iím on the water.

Thanks for spreading the word NHMP!
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MP goal is to protect and serve. The more information they have regarding boater behavior, the more effectively and efficiently they can do their job. A lot of posters complain about bad boater behavior, but when offered a chance to help MP do their job it is suddenly a privacy issue? To get (good policing), you have to give (information) and why not do it with a smile? MP is welcome on my boat or my phone any time because I play by the rules. If you have something to hide this will not be your cup of tea, but then donít bitch about how ineffective MP is when the bad boater misbehaves in your neck of the woods. Are you part of the problem or part of the answer? Sign me up.


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I think the MP is terrific, and I would gladly do whatever I could to help them patrol more effectively. I also would not object to monitoring that I believed would help deter bad behavior or get to people faster in an emergency.

But at least one of us misunderstands the app--this is a completely voluntary program. People with "something to hide", as you put it, will not sign up. So how will this help the MP when a "bad boater misbehaves"?
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I think the MP is terrific, and I would gladly do whatever I could to help them patrol more effectively. I also would not object to monitoring that I believed would help deter bad behavior or get to people faster in an emergency.

But at least one of us misunderstands the app--this is a completely voluntary program. People with "something to hide", as you put it, will not sign up. So how will this help the MP when a "bad boater misbehaves"?
Where in the FAQ or NHMP post does it claim that this voluntary program is designed to catch people ďthat have something to hideĒ? It is simply an anonymous plotting program that over a period of time will supply analysts with statistical data about overall boating traffic patterns, speeds and operation that could eventually evolve into a app, like Google maps, that gives real time traffic warnings and interactive reporting of waterborne hazards.

I hope no one needs to buy tin foil in the Lakes region this weekend, it appears it may be in short supply.....
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Where in the FAQ or NHMP post does it claim that this voluntary program is designed to catch people ďthat have something to hideĒ? It is simply an anonymous plotting program that over a period of time will supply analysts with statistical data about overall boating traffic patterns, speeds and operation that could eventually evolve into a app, like Google maps, that gives real time traffic warnings and interactive reporting of waterborne hazards.

I hope no one needs to buy tin foil in the Lakes region this weekend, it appears it may be in short supply.....
Umm, I think you and I agree that it is not designed to catch people. I was only trying to refute george's assertion that the app would reduce bad behavior.

Also, no need to be insulting--tech offers us plenty of opportunity to swap away our privacy for increased convenience. My general point is that, at least for me, this particular swap is not worth it.
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So I dug a little deeper out of curiosity. This is clearly explained as a voluntary anonymous survey, that would take the place of older paper or phone type surveys, to study and analyze actual boating activities in a given body of water. Nothing nefarious or big brother, but a tool using modern technology to gather useful statistical information in a quicker and much less labor intensive manner. A visit to the MPís FAQ page clearly explains the program in plain English, and its anticipated benefits in boater safety and formulating future boating regulations.
The September issue of Boating Magazine has a full-page article on SOBOS, explaining it in the same manner Skip has pointed out on the MP's website. There is also more information available at SOBOS.org.
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