OCEAN SIGNAL and DATREX INTRODUCE THE WORLD’S SMALLEST PLB, rescueME
Communications and safety-at-sea specialist Ocean Signal has developed the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, the rescueME PLB1. With a small size and design that is almost 30% smaller than other PLBs *, the rescueME PLB1 has been carefully developed to fit onto any lifejacket and is easily activated by one hand in even the most challenging conditions.
Pending FCC approval*** : Delivery and pricing not yet announced.
Operation of the rescueME PLB1 could not be simpler. To activate the PLB: Pull the retractable antenna out by it’s end tab, flip open the spring loaded cover over the activation button, hold the button for 1 second until the lights blink. Visual instructions are clearly printed on the case. When activated, the rescueME PLB1 will transmit accurate position data from its 66 channel GPS for a minimum of 24 hours while the integrated strobe light ensures maximum visibility.
Ocean Signal has ensured that rescueME, like all of its other safety products, exceeds statutory requirements. rescueME PLB1 provides an incredible 7 year battery life, and is covered by a 7 year warranty**. Even after more than 24 hours of continuous operation, and when the battery power is insufficient to transmit the satellite signal, the PLB1’s homing beacon and strobe light will continue to operate. This high intensity strobe light features a molded lens to enhance the visibility of its efficient LED and it gives a powerful 1 candela light emission.
Self-test of the PLB can be carried out with a simple button press with the start of test and results clearly indicated by a green flashing light. The antenna is easily extended like a normal tape measure and can be retracted using the winding mechanism on the top of the unit. This unique feature greatly facilitates user training and familiarization as it is not a one time deployable antenna similar to existing PLBs.
rescueME comes with a snap-in mounting bracket and universal rubber mounting strap which can be fitted permanently or with each use. It is also supplied with a detachable flotation lanyard to accommodate all scenarios.
After extensive testing and development, Ocean Signal displays immense confidence in the quality and reliability of the rescueME PLB1 by providing a 7 year product warranty **.
Safety and communication products from Ocean Signal offer exceptional value, meeting or exceeding International technical and safety standards. Careful design and innovation provides commercial shipping, fishing and recreational users the confidence that their Ocean Signal equipment will perform to and beyond their expectations when it is needed most.
Additional Photos and introductory video available at the rescueME link on the Datrex Website.
rescueME, an Ocean Signal product, is distributed exclusively by Datrex in North America.
Date: November 14 2012
Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1
* Compared to other products approved to recognised maritime standards (October 2012)
** Subject to warranty statement
***This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communictions Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
Established in 1970, Datrex is a leader in the Marine Safety business. Their manufactured products have been designed to provide the utmost in reliability and performance. Datrex also distributes and supports numerous other manufactured safety products. They all fulfill the mandatory marine safety equipment requirements as set forth by the United States Coast Guard and the most recent Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Datrex is dedicated to continually expanding their product line with a full scope of supplies in order to become a "single source" for all marine safety equipment needs. Headquartered in Kinder LA, with branches in Miami and Jacksonville FL, Seattle WA, and Lancaster PA, company and branch contact information is available at www.datrex.com