Aug 8, 2019

EPIRBAn Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). With an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, subscription free, no matter how remote!

The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is the world’s first EPIRBs to include 406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS and GNSS (better known as GPS) to accelerate search and rescue. The unique power of these new award winning beacons is in the flexibility and additional tracking capabilities long demanded by maritime customers. This will further reduce rescue times by combining the global location power of 406MHz with the localized rescue capacities of AIS, first introduced to the world in McMurdo’s AIS MOB range.

This EPIRB is now available in Canada through one of our valued suppliers on the CPS-ECP website.

It has the following features for the Boater:

• Optimized for the new MEOSAR system
• Operates on the 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz frequencies
• It has both GPS, GLONASS and Galileo receivers built-in
• Has a built-in AIS transceiver
• 360 degree strobe
• 10 year battery life
• Includes safety bracket
• Manual/Auto Release options
• Meets commercial specifications

Understanding the MEOSAR Ecosystem
MEOSAR Improvements: Better Accuracy, Timeliness and Reliability

In the next few years Cospas Sarsat will be rolling out a new search and rescue infrastructure known as MEOSAR. When fully deployed the aim is: Determine beacon location within 5km, 95% of the time, within 10 minutes.

• 72 MEOSAR satellites positioned at Medium Earth Orbit altitude
• Near instantaneous beacon signal detection using bent pipe technology — average 46 minutes faster compared to LEOSAR
• Reduced response times with multiple signal bursts to improve speed and accuracy of location calculation
• Close to 100% reliability due to multiple antenna systems and MEOLUT networking
• When fully operational next generation beacons will also have a return link signal through Galileo satellites
• Acknowledge signal receipt
• Control beacon — remotely activate, turn off or confirm false alarm
• Lives are already being saving with the early operational MEOSAR through faster alerts and greater accuracy, for example in Australia where McMurdo has just finished MEOSAR ground infrastructure installation. 

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