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The complete digital package for Ilfracombe RNLI

North Devon based Ilfracombe RNLI had recently taken delivery of the state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat, so public interest in the station was high. Their new £2.2m lifeboat was funded entirely by donations and is capable of 25 knots, allowing their volunteer crew to reach those in distress more quickly and safely than the previous boat.

The station wanted to increase awareness of coastal safety, along with highlighting the lifesaving work of their volunteer crews. This is where Panoptic came in.

The new website

The first task was to redevelop the website. This was built with the Drupal 8 CMS, which allows the station crew to easily update information on the lifeboats, crew profiles and shouts. It was built to be responsive, meaning it scales perfectly from smaller screens (such as mobiles) up to high resolution 4K displays. Great care was taken to ensure consistency with existing RNLI brand guidelines.

In 2018, we already have plans to integrate the website with the RNLI’s pager system. This will enable us to automatically update the website each time the boats are launched. A station webcam is also due to go live soon, so watch this space!

A 300% increase in website traffic

In it's first year, visitor numbers had tripled compared to the old website

Virtual tour of the lifeboat station

After the website, we completed a fully interactive virtual tour of the lifeboat station. Using our cutting-edge scanning technology, a full 3D model of the station and boats was produced. Perfect if you want to look round the boat but don’t want to get wet!

From standing on the inshore D-class lifeboat, to climbing down to the engine room of the Shannon lifeboat, you get a fantastic behind the scenes look at all the kit and tech used by the RNLI.