Residents and visitors to far north Queensland are snapping up the QWildlife crocodile app that teaches boaters, campers, fishermen and swimmers how to stay safe from crocodile attacks, ultimately saving lives. Built for the Queensland State Government on the back of the Esri ArcGIS Enterprise and Survey123 platform, this app propels wildlife rangers to respond quickly.
The QWildlife platform, was initially developed to improve the crocodile sighting response workflow, to improve public safety, education and conservation and to ultimately adopt a spatially aware job management system for sightings, validation, assessment, response, analytics and reporting.
This project included multi-agency participation, and a wide stakeholder group, to implement a custom Esri-based solution. The solution includes public facing iOS/Android apps, a cloud-hosted ArcGIS Enterprise portal environment, and an FME Cloud based component to drive notifications and follow-up engagements.
Specifically for the iOS/Android app, Esri's AppStudio product was used to give our development team at GP One Consulting the ability to build geo-enabled, cross-platform native apps from a single code base, for the Queensland Government. The low-code AppStudio product offers significant benefits in terms of production, and it makes apps easily available on multiple platforms. In tandem with AppStudio, we used ArcGIS Survey123 to manage content. ArcGIS Survey123 is a formcentric app used to create and distribute surveys and forms.
This app has been hugely successful with the Queensland public and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers.
When a sighting report has been passed on to rangers, it will pop up on the map within the app for the user to see, and they can check the status of the report. Notifications are also available to members of the public if they subscribe to know when a crocodile is sighted in their area. The fast reporting with the app has even allowed the Queensland department of Environment and Science to alert surf lifesavers in advance if there has been a crocodile sighting in the area to help keep swimmers safe in the water.
There are big plans to expand this spatial monitoring platform for further animals.
Mr Gareck Packer (General Manager at GP One Consulting)
Time & room
3:15 pm–3:30 pm
City Room 1
Date & venue
Friday 17 September 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre