Ocean Signal Introduces World's Smallest PLB at International Miami Boat Show

By MarEx 2013-02-15 10:54:00

Ocean Signal is introducing the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon*, the rescueME PLB1, at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail.

With a small size and design that is typically 30% smaller than other PLBs, communications and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal has carefully developed the rescueME PLB1 to fit on to any lifejacket and it is easily activated by one hand in even the most challenging conditions.

As with all Ocean Signal products, operation of the rescueME PLB1 could not be simpler. All that is required to activate the PLB is for the antenna to be extended, the protective cover flipped up and the button pressed. The retractable antenna and flip-up cover have been specifically designed to prevent inadvertent use.

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.

Any safety product can only be as good as its battery capabilities and Ocean Signal has ensured that all of its safety products exceed statutory requirements for battery life. Following in this tradition the rescueME PLB1 provides an incredible 7-year battery life. 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 moulded lens to enhance the visibility of its efficient LED, and gives a powerful 1-candela light emission.

Self-test of the PLB1 can be carried out with a simple button press and in those situations where suitable test equipment is available the antenna is easily extended for the duration of the test and can then be retracted using the winding mechanism on the top of the unit.

The most reliable place to carry a PLB at sea is fitted to the lifejacket, but in situations where this is not possible a flotation lanyard is provided.

Having undergone 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 work to, and beyond, their expectations when it is needed most.

For further information on the new rescueME PLB1 and the full range of products available from Ocean Signal please visit Booth M57 at the Miami International Boat Show. Alternatively, please go to www.oceansignal.com.

*Compared to other products approved to recognised maritime standards (October 2012)
** Subject to warranty statement

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.