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Boating Accident Report Database (BARD-Web) System


The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) required a unified vessel accident reporting system so that 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and the USCG itself could quickly disseminate accident report data across a secured network. An array of government agencies, including local, state, and territory law enforcement officers, required the ability to share that information in one central location accessible via the Internet.


CNSI developed and provides ongoing maintenance, help desk support, formal training and enhancements to the Web-based Boating Accident Report Database (BARD-Web) System. Working in collaboration with the relevant government agencies, BARD-Web provides the capability for all reporting authorities to query data and generate reports for a specific jurisdiction, region or for the entire nation.


The USCG is now able to receive and leverage accident information from several different sources, including news media, the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement database and state agencies that submit recreational boating accident updates. The USCG then alerts stakeholders of accidents via an automated notification process and updates its internal systems to ensure accuracy for future reports.


CNSI is currently in its eleventh year of working with BARD, a milestone not often seen in contract partnerships. CNSI’s work continues to positively impact the USCG operations and services. In September of 2013, the system was updated to incorporate news media reports functionality, for which an orientation module was developed and shared with all state, territory and other government agency users.