NEW Digital Display Allows User to View all PLB Operational Activities
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Adding a new level of assurance and instant information, a Digital Display breakthrough has been introduced to Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) technology with the introduction of the innovative SARLink™ View from ACR Electronics, Inc.
The FCC-approved SARLink™ View provides three levels of integrated emergency signal technology—GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz satellite detectable signal and 121.5 MHz homing capability.
The SARLink™ View takes the above technology and adds a unique Digital Display which provides the user with a variety of important information both during operation and self-test, including an ACR exclusive which allows the user to test GPS functionality up to 60 times over the life of the battery.
When activated, the Digital Display provides the user with reassuring tips on optimizing the use of the beacon and provides the following functionality during activation:
It informs the user that the beacon is working
It informs the user of his/her GPS coordinates
It informs the user of remaining battery power
It reinforces to the user the correct deployment of an activated beacon with messages such as “Leave beacon on until ResQ” and “Do not hold antenna.”
The Digital Display is housed inside the unit and cannot be touched, bumped, pierced or otherwise damaged by an external force unless the entire PLB is destroyed. ACR Electronics has solved the challenge of liquid crystal displays and cold temperature operation.
The rugged, one-button activated, emergency signalling device also is light at just 8.9 oz (252g) and comes with a super bright LED strobe light and multi-use GPS acquisition testing. With multiple GPS capabilities, the SARLink™ View can provide a user in a non-life-threatening emergency situation a digital position readout, and in an emergency, activation will transmit exact LAT/LON position along with a unique registered distress signal that not only provides rescuers with information as to where the sender is but who the sender is. The onboard GPS can fix position to within 100 meters.
The SARLink™ View has all new high performance features such as:
Built-in, super bright LED strobe light increases visibility to Search and Rescue.
High power 6.3 watt 406 MHz transmission.
Digital Display and multiple GPS capabilities.
Onboard 66-channel parallel GPS acquires then transmits LAT/LON when the unit is activated, dramatically saving valuable time for the distress message to reach local rescue centers.
In addition to full functional self-testing of internal circuitry, battery voltage and power, the SARLink™ View allows for up to 60 long GPS acquisition testing.
More efficient design uses less power, making it smaller and lighter.
Suggested MSRP for the SARLink™ Viewis $649.00.
Size: 2.3 x 5.8 x 1.25” (5.8 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm)
Weight: 8.9 oz (252 g) with lanyard
Battery: Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries, meets DOT and IATA rules for safe transport, 5-year replacement life
Operation: 2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view to the sky
Waterproof: 16.4’ (5 m) @ 1hr, 33’ (10 m) @ 10 min, exceed RTCM waterproof requirements
Life: Exceeds required 24 hours @ -4º F (-20º C); 30 hours typical
Certification: Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Pending: Canada and Europe
A PLB is a satellite-signalling device of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted and where the situation is deemed to be grave and imminent, and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance. All beacons must be registered online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov following purchase. There are no monthly service fees required for 406 MHz beacons.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.ACR Electronics, Inc. www.acrelectronics.com, designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products including EPIRBs, PLBs, AIS, SART, Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality systems of this facility have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2008 Series Standards. Recognized as the world leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as to the military since 1956. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and employs 200 at its manufacturing facility.
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