A PLB Smaller than a Mobile Phone
The World’s Smallest 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) should be a a part of every dirt bike riders kit. Even if you are heading out for a trail ride with a group, one or more members should be carrying a PLB. The Aussie bush has always been a hazardous environment, a fact that won't change any time soon. If it's not bushfire or flood, there will alway be the occasional tree hugging incident or mechanical failure ... a Personal Locator Beacon can literally save lives in places where your mobile phone is totally useless!
About the ResQLink™ PLB:
Perth , Western Australia 14th Jan 2011 - Next Destination Prt Ltd, the Australian distributor for ACR, is pleased to announce the release of the ResQLink™ PLB. Small and light enough to hold comfortably in one hand yet powerful enough to guide rescuers to within 100 metres or less of your position in a life-threatening emergency.
The ResQLink™ 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), manufactured in the USA by Cobham Life Support - ACR Products, made its international debut in late November at METS 2010 in Amsterdam.
At just 130gm and 10.0cm tall, the ResQLink™ offers a lot of punch in the smallest and lightest package available today. It combines ease of use and ACR technology to give all outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, paddlers, pilots, yachtsmen and people working in the outback a powerful and accurate safety companion, ready for action at the simple push of a button.
With three levels of integrated signal technology - GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5MHz homing capability - The ResQLink™ quickly and accurately relays critical emergency position to a the Cospas-Sarsat International worldwide network of rescue satellites.
The waterproof ResQLink™ broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that not only tells rescuers where the sender is, but who they are. The onboard 66 channel GPS can quickly fix the sender’s position to within 100 meters and then utilizes a powerful 406 MHz signal to relay the distress call to orbiting satellites. As local Search and Rescue is deployed, a separate homing signal and integrated LED strobe light guide rescuers to the sender’s exact position.
Two built-in tests allow users to routinely verify that the ResQLink™ is functioning and ready for use - with the push of a button, users can easily test internal electronics and GPS functionality.
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 are registered with AMSA (Australian Martitime Safety Authority) for immediate response and with a 30 hour transmission period from the internal battery, you can be assured that help will soon be on the way. The 5 year life of the internal battery means you can safely leave the ResQLink in your vehicle, light plane, glider or backpack knowing that it will be working when required.
The ResQLink will be available from end February and priced under $500.
About Cobham Life Support
ACR Products, a division of Cobham Life Support, 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. 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. Cobham Life Support has four divisions employing some 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some $3bn.