ACR, the world leader in electronic marine safety devices, introduces
a new high tech EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon). The new ACR
GlobalFix V6 EPIRB uses 406 MHz satellite connectivity to transmit
emergency signals to the global Cospas Sarsat satellite rescue system.
Return Link Service (RLS) technology provides visual confirmation to the
user that their distress message has been received. A 121.5 MHz homing
signal helps rescuers find the activated beacon when they are on scene.
Visible and infrared strobe lights aid in target identification at night
or when visibility is limited speeding rescue and recovery. A new
feature called Near Field Communication (NFC) lets users monitor their
EPIRB’s functions using a smartphone App. ACR is dedicated to marine
safety and the new GlobalFix V6 EPIRB provides sophisticated rescue
technology in a durable and reliable device that works globally.
Reliable Worldwide Digital Mayday Tells Rescuers Where to Search.
The ACR GlobalFix V6 EPIRB accurately derives its position globally
through the GNSS (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) positioning networks.
Triggering the device produces a digital mayday using a 406 MHz distress
transmission that relays the GPS EPIRB (GPIRB) position, accurate to
within 100 meters, to the worldwide Cospas Sarsat search and rescue
satellite network. Position information and vessel identification are
then relayed by the satellites to ground stations which ultimately helps
decide the scope of rescue operation to be launched. Once the EPIRB is
activated, a 121.5 MHz signal is transmitted in addition to the higher
frequency satellite signal. This 121.5 MHz homing signal aids rescuers
in finding the device when they arrive upon the rescue scene,
particularly important if the beacon has drifted from its original
location. The GlobalFix V6 EPIRB also emits both a visual and infrared
strobe to help rescuers pinpoint the beacon and speed rescue operations.
Near Field Communication (NFC) Ensures the EPIRB is Functioning Properly
Using ACR’s free smartphone app and NFC (Near Field Communication)
technology users can easily access EPIRB diagnostics. Placing a
smartphone adjacent to the GlobalFix V6 EPIRB opens the ACR Product App
which shows EPIRB data. The app shows the current battery life of the
beacon, the number of GNSS and self-tests completed, and the amount of
time the EPIRB has been activated. Users can see detailed information on
each self-test and GNSS test performed by the device. GNSS tests
include a map view demonstrating where previous tests were performed,
the date and time of the tests, how long it took the EPIRB to get a fix
on the GNSS coordinates, the number of satellites used to obtain that
fix, and the fix’s accuracy. NFC allows users to routinely check the
status of all EPIRB functions to ensure it is working properly and ready
to go in case of an emergency.
Return Link Service (RLS)
Return Link Service indicates to the user that an EPIRB’s rescue
transmission has been received. The RLS signal is sent back through the
Galileo satellite network confirming that the digital mayday including
precise beacon location and identifiers have been delivered. An easy to
see flashing blue light indicates the EPIRB’s successful reception of
the Return Link message through the Galileo satellite network. Those in
distress who have triggered the beacon and received the RLS confirmation
know that rescuers will be made aware of the EPIRB activation and
location and that rescue operations will be launched.
ACR is a globally recognized leader in marine electronic rescue
devices and other life-saving products. They build quality rescue
equipment solutions like the new ACR GlobalFix V6 EPIRB that are
suitable for all types and sizes of vessels in both the recreational and
commercial sectors. Long life Lithium batteries, global 406 MHz
satellite transmission, a 121.5 MHz homing signal, visual and infrared
strobes, and Return Link Service that tells users their rescue signal
has been received are all packed into a durable waterproof beacon. Near
Field Communication and the free ACR App allow users to check the EPIRB
status for added reliability. Mariners coastal cruising, working
offshore or crossing oceans will appreciate the advanced features of the
GlobalFix V6 EPIRB.