The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS beacon, the world’s first Automatic Identification System (AIS), Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons has Quadrotech™ technology, encompassing four signal frequencies to revolutionize search and rescue (SAR) capabilities worldwide, has been selected as the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program Platinum Award Winner for Best Search and Rescue Solution.
An 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 SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRBs offer users Accelerated Rescue via a unique combination of four search and rescue frequencies, with greater location accuracy through multi GNSS receivers and the world’s first EPIRB to contain the localized rescue power of AIS. Coupled with an unparalleled marine heritage, commitment to quality and a history of innovation, customers know they can trust McMurdo when their lives are on the line. Courtesy of the McMurdo Group, an Orolia Company, and YouTube.)
The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS and the Kannad SafePro AIS are 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.
Only the SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB combines 406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS, including GPS) technologies to strengthen the full Alert, Locate, Track and Recover SAR process.
The dedicated 406MHz frequency signal Alerts professional SAR organizations about ships, aircraft and persons in distress.
Multiple GNSS receivers – GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites – Locate and Track the distress signal, while AIS and 121MHz frequencies support local homing and Recovery.
This solution engages local neighboring vessels, as well as professional SAR agency’s by delivering faster location detection, improved data accuracy and advanced tracking capabilities, to vastly improve the likelihood of a speedy and successful rescue at sea.
Other Features Include, 10-year battery life, false activation protection, a ruggedized base, and it is compliant with the US emergency hands free transport mandate.
Orolia Takes Platinum in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
Best Search and Rescue Solution
McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB
*McMurdo, an Orolia Company is also a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!