Introducing the most advanced EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) available. The new ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB combines 406 MHz satellite connectivity with Automatic Identification System (AIS) functionality. This means that when the EPIRB is activated not only does it transmit your emergency signal to the global Cospas Sarsat satellite rescue system, but it broadcasts an AIS safety message on VHF frequencies that can be seen immediately by any AIS equipped vessel nearby. Other great features include Return Link Service (RLS) technology that provides visual confirmation to the user that their distress message has been received, a 121.5 MHz homing signal, and visible and infrared strobe lights for easy target identification at night or in poor visibility. Another new feature is Near Field Communication (NFC) which allows users to monitor their EPIRB using a smartphone App. ACR is the global leader in marine safety and rescue technology and the new GlobalFix V5 GPS EPIRB with AIS combines the durability and reliability they are known for with advanced technology designed to speed rescue response time.
Faster AIS EPIRB Rescues through the Pairing of Global and Local Rescue
The ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB accurately derives its position anywhere in the world using GNSS (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) positioning networks. Upon activation 406 MHz distress transmissions relay the GPS EPIRB (GPIRB) position, accurate to within 100 meters, to the worldwide Cospas Sarsat search and rescue satellite network. EPIRB identifiers and position information is relayed to ground stations through the satellite system initiating rescue operations. With advanced AIS technology now incorporated into the EPIRB, once activated an AIS signal is transmitted so that nearby vessels outfitted with an AIS transponder are instantly notified of the boats beacon location. AIS equipped vessels within VHF range of the beacon will see a safety message on their screens including MMSI vessel identification. Vessels in the area where the EPIRB has been activated can then start rescue and recovery operations immediately without having to wait for emergency response from the applicable SAR authority. AIS also allows local responders to easily pinpoint the EPIRB’s location which is presented as an AIS target on their onboard display. Nearby vessels with onboard AIS can navigate directly to the EPIRB by selecting the AIS target. This incredible technological advancement will speed recovery times which is sure to save lives.
Smartphone Connectivity utilizing Near Field Communication (NFC)
NFC (Near Field Communication) technology allows users to access EPIRB diagnostics using their smartphones. When a smartphone is placed adjacent to the GlobalFix V5 emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon the ACR Product App automatically opens providing access to the beacons data. Beacon status information in the app includes current battery life, number of self-tests completed, number of GNSS tests completed, and the amount of time the EPIRB has been activated. Detailed information on each self-test and GNSS test performed by the device is also available. GNSS tests show a map view pinpointing where the previous test was performed, the date and time of the test, how long it took the EPIRB to get a fix on the GNSS coordinates, the number of satellites used to obtain that fix, and the accuracy of the fix. Easy App connectivity with NFC allows users to easily check the status of all EPIRB functions to ensure it is working properly.
Return Link Service (RLS)
Return Link Service tells whoever triggers the EPIRB that the distress message has been delivered. An RLS signal sent back through the Galileo satellite network confirms that the distress message along with the precise beacon location and identifiers have been detected. An easy to see flashing blue light indicates the EPIRB’s successful reception of the Return Link message from the Galileo satellite network. The comfort of knowing rescuers are aware that an EPIRB has been activated and that they have its location helps reduce the stress associated with mayday situations.
ACR specializes in electronic rescue devices and other life-saving products designed for both professional and recreational mariners. With the addition of AIS, the innovative new ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB provides the easiest and quickest path to rescue. Return Link Service provides a welcomed sense of security knowing that your distress message has been received and Near Field Communication provides access to data and product functionality that has never before been available to any EPIRB customer. The new and advanced feature set of the GlobalFix V5 EPIRB makes it perfect for mariners whether coastal cruising, working offshore or crossing oceans.