We are currently hard at work on a new release of ScResponse and ScGateway which is due for release in Summer 2018*. We have a prioritised backlog that was updated towards the end of last year with our Working Group and then finalised with feedback gathered at our User Forum.

That exercise typically forms the basis of what functionality makes it into our releases but there are other factors; we had some core maintenance work that needed to be done including changes enforced by NCEC to ensure Chemdata integration continued to work, as well as fixes fed back from our customers with live deployments of ScResponse.

Over the last quarter of 2017 and early 2018 we monitored feedback from the first ScResponse roll outs and we have been concentrating on addressing issues raised by those users for this release. This unfortunately means that some of the items that were the top of the prioritised roadmap will now be addressed in the next release, planned for late 2018.

We anticipate the summer ScResponse & ScGateway releases will contain:

  • Map Performance improvements including:
    • Latest version of the ThinkGeo map engine
    • Control over how often map tries to refresh
    • Other minor tweaks and enhancements
  • Overlay compatibility:
    • Due to insufficient support of MapInfo overlays we have added improved support of shape files
    • We have developed a tool for converting MapInfo overlays into shape files
  • Minor User Interface Improvements:
    • The text size on Incident Summary has been increased
    • The size of the Status/Message buttons has been increased
  • Chemdata 2018 Compatibility:
    • We have made the changes to integrate their new API into ScResponse (NCEC requires your Chemdata instances to authenticate online – more info on this later in the newsletter)
  • The ability to exclude Crew Riding if not required
  • Crew Riding will default to the relevant station list
  • Integration with Incident Command modules
  • Added compatibility with new ScGateway which allows:
    • Paired callsigns, i.e. multiple devices on one GD92 node to allow a combination of devices to be used in one vehicle such as one MDT in the front, one in the back, and a TomTom Bridge running ScGuide
    • Relay of cordons
    • Sharing of Incident Command plans
  • The replacement of the CC Adapter with new a component, GD92 Manager
  • The replacement of the Message Relay with new component, Incident Manager
  • Other Bug Fixes

As a result of the significant work undertaken on ScGateway we will be undertaking a phased deployment of this new release. You will be required to upgrade your Gateway installation to this new release prior to taking the new ScResponse release. If you are eager to get this new release, please log a call to request an upgrade and we will work with you to schedule this in as soon as is practical.

If you have any thoughts or questions on the features included (or not yet included) in this release then please get in touch.

We will continue to work on ScResponse, ScGateway and ScCourier following this release to provide additional functionality later in the year.

* You should have received a separate email about potential delays to this and you will continue to be updated on the progress of this release in that way