Boaters can also use a mobile app to monitor new PLBs and EPIRBs. The ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB, a mobile-connected AIS EPIRB with Return Link Service, has been introduced by ACR Electronics. According to the business, the V5 will guarantee a quicker rescue in an emergency. The device includes integrated AIS and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology that is suitable for Return Link Service alerting and compatible with the free ACR mobile app. RLS informs users when a distress signal is received by the satellite network. Boaters can browse GNSS test sites, analyze self-tests, and monitor their beacons using NFC. To update the mobile app with the most recent data, simply place a smartphone over the NFC region of the beacon.
ACR Electronics provides sailors with an alternative way to share their location so that adjacent vessels can receive distress messages by integrating AIS into its beacons for the first time. The V5 is awaiting FCC approval for sale and will soon be offered either a Category 1 float-free bracket or a Category II manual-release bracket. For boats who would rather have a non-AIS option, ACR also intends to sell the GlobalFix V6 EPIRB with RLS and NFC. ACR also disclosed the ResQLink AIS PLB for personal carry in addition to the EPIRB. The brand-new personal locating beacon combines local assistance from adjacent ships with a global response from the 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite rescue services. Boaters can monitor their beacons using the ACR mobile app and obtain signal confirmations with the PLB’s Near Field Communications and Return Link Service features. The object has dimensions of 7.87 by 1.41 by 1.81 inches and a weight of 0.42 lb. It has a five-year battery life and a 24-hour operating time. The FCC has not yet approved this gadget for sale.
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