Ocean Signal, the UK-based communications and safety-at-sea specialist, will release the rescueME PLB1 in the United States after the product was approved for use by the Cospas-Sarsat and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Touted as the world’s smallest personal locator beacon, the rescueME PLB1 is nearly 30 percent smaller than other personal locator beacons on the market.
How It Works
Designed to attach onto any lifejacket, the rescueME PLB1 can be easily activated by extending the device’s antenna, flipping open its protective cover, and pressing the activation button. Once activated, the device will transmit accurate position data from its 66 channel GPS as well as a homing beacon for a minimum of 24 hours. Additionally, the rescueME PBL1 also features an integrated strobe light which will continue to operate after 24 hours of continuous operation or if battery power becomes insufficient to transmit a satellite signal.
In addition to receiving U.S. certification, the rescueME PBL1 also meets the full regulatory requirements for Europe. The device, which will be available in April 2013, will be distributed in the U.S. by Datrax, a supplier of high quality lifesaving technologies to the marine industry, and is covered by a seven-year warranty.