Safety and survival specialist ACR Electronics has announced that its new ResQLink™ AIS Personal Locator Beacon is fully approved and available to the U.S. market. The ground-breaking smartphone-connected device will be on show to U.S. boaters for the first movie review time at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.
The ResQLink AIS PLB is the most comprehensive communication set on the market for a rapid response and rescue, offering significant benefits to a range of sailors and cruisers, racing, fishing, watersport and outdoor enthusiasts.
Following Cospas-Sarsat approval and equipment authorization from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), deliveries of the ACR ResQLink AIS PLB are now underway to ACR Electronics’ network of dealers and distributors.
The advanced ACR PLB with integrated AIS Man Overboard (MOB) alert features multiple levels of integrated signal technology in one compact package for the first time. It combines the global response of the 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite rescue services with the transmission of AIS signals for local assistance from nearby vessels.
Once activated, the ACR beacon delivers a complete communication link to emergency services, integrating GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning, 406 MHz, 121.5 MHz RDF signals and AIS transmission. The new Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) technology provides the user with confirmation that the international satellite system has received their distress message and location.