Sigma, the company USPA uses to provide digital credentials (such as the USPA membership card), is in the process of integrating with Burble, a manifest program used by 130 drop zones worldwide. The integration will allow skydivers to grant access to DZs that use Burble to view their merits on Sigma (including USPA credentials). The drop zone will then instantly see verified, auto-updated information—including a record of currency—as a member checks in, which should make check-in times shorter and manifesting more efficient.
DZs will be able to automatically record merits for completed jumps for students, fun jumpers and staff. The program allows DZs to attach photos and documents to the merits, as well. The integration is meant to help DZs retain records and ensure the legitimacy of jumpers without worrying about forgery, out-of-date documentation or input error.
Sigma remarked that the integration is “a big win for folks handling check in at a DZ, whose paperwork burden just shrank. It’s a big win at the check-in desk at any given boogie, when speed and efficiency are the key factors. And it’s an even bigger win for jumpers, as it presents a steep shortcut from the parking lot to freefall.”
More information is available at sig.ma/skydive.