ACR Electronics ResQLink AIS Personal Locator Beacon Named 2023 Top Product by Boating Industry
Posted on May 8, 2023
The new ACR Electronics ResQLink™ AIS Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) has been named among the most innovative products across the recreational sector for 2023 by Boating Industry.
The accolade is the latest endorsement for the ground-breaking smartphone-connected ACR PLB, which is Cospas-Sarsat and FCC approved and available throughout the world now from ACR Electronics’ network of dealers and distributors.
In its latest annual Top Products program, Boating Industry’s 50 winning products and services were selected by editors due to their outstanding impact on the industry and how they advance the product category or create a new segment.
The ResQLink AIS PLB is the most comprehensive communication set on the market for a rapid response and rescue, offering significant benefits to a range of sailors and cruisers, racing, fishing, watersport and outdoor enthusiasts.
Featuring multiple levels of integrated signal technology in one compact package for the first time, it combines the global response of the 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite rescue services with the transmission of AIS signals for local assistance from nearby vessels.
Once activated, the ACR beacon delivers a complete communication link to emergency services, integrating GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning, 406 MHz, 121.5 MHz signals and AIS transmission. The new Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) technology provides the user with confirmation that the international satellite system has received their distress message and location.
The ResQLink AIS PLB also transmits an AIS man overboard signal that will be picked up by any AIS equipped vessels within VHF radio range and plotted onto a connected chart plotter or ECDIS system.
ACR has also introduced Near Field Communications (NFC) into the ResQLink AIS PLB. Used with the ACR App, NFC unleashes a new way for beacon owners to monitor their beacons from their mobile phone, to review self-test results, view GNSS test locations, and monitor beacon performance and maintenance.
The ResQLink AIS is designed for installation in a compatible life jacket to semi-automatically activate upon inflation of the jacket, even if the survivor is incapacitated.
The ACR AIS personal locator beacon features more built-in local aids to location in the form of the 121 MHz homing signal, plus visible and infrared strobe lights, which will be operational to guide assistance directly to the location, particularly during night, or other low visibility rescues.
The full list of the 2023 Top Products can be seen in this month’s edition of Boating Industry magazine and are available here.
For more information on ACR Electronics beacons and other safety equipment, go to www.acrartex.com.