In the event of an emergency, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel that alerts search and rescue personnel and allows them to rapidly locate you. It emits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency, which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, when it is engaged. The alarm is subsequently communicated to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre via an earth station (RCC). With an EPIRB, you can call for help from anywhere on the earth, without having to pay a membership, no matter how far away you are!
The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB is the first EPIRB in the world to feature 406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS, and GNSS (also known as GPS) to help with search and rescue. The versatility and additional tracking capabilities long desired by marine customers are the distinguishing features of these new award-winning beacons. By combining the worldwide location power of 406MHz with the localized rescue capabilities of AIS, which was first introduced to the globe in McMurdo's AIS MOB range, this would significantly cut rescue times.
The world's first EPIRB to include localized alert and recovery via AIS
Unique location detection with the world's first EPIRB to combine the GNSS coverage of GPS and the precision location of Galileo
Combines the benefits of multiple life saving products in one beacon
Easy service battery
10-year battery life
Compliance with the new United States emergency hands free transport mandate