Beach conditions, lifeguard locations: There’s now an app for that

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Volusia County Beach Safety division has launched a smart-phone application to help residents and visitors get quick access to important beach information. The app is free and available for download for both iPhone and Android devices through the iTunes store and Google Play, respectively.

The Beach Navigator app was developed by Solodev, the county’s web design and hosting contractor. Using advanced geo-location targeting, the app provides information for the nearest beach access ramps, parking, lifeguard towers, restrooms, food concessions and more. It also displays beach conditions and streaming video from live beach cameras and pulls data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as Volusia County databases.

“Safety for our beachgoers was the number one factor when we were developing this app,” said Marilyn Chandler Ford, interim director of the Beach Safety division.

“Beachgoers can now plan much of their trip before they reach the beach, by checking for congestion at their favorite access point or finding a parking area for our traffic-free beaches.”

Added Shawn Moore, Solodev’s founder and CTO, “While apps are nothing new, what makes this one unique is the ease in which the data can be managed. Our platform allows for the information to be updated in real-time and remotely by lifeguards and other beach safety staff.”

For more information on Volusia County beaches, visit volusia.org/beach.

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