FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- Starting on July 5th 2010 explorers/filmmakers Deia Scholsberg and Gregg Treinish will again be relying on an ACR Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) in the event of an emergency in the wilderness. This time the pair will be carrying the new SARLink™ View during the planned 60-day, 450-mile trek through some of the most remote and rugged mountains in America's Lower 48.
For the "Connecting the Gems" ecological expedition, Schlosberg and Treinish, who carried an ACR PLB in their record setting "Across the Andes" 7,800-mile trek in 2007, will collect data and document the ecological connectivity between two largely intact wildlife regions in the U.S.-the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Montana and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.
Part of their essential gear will be ACR's latest generation SARLink™ View PLB, which offers a breakthrough Digital Display allowing the user to see all of the beacon's operational activities which include visually providing GPS LAT/LON, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts as well as battery power. The Digital Display also makes self-testing simple and easily understood by visually walking the user through the self-test process step by step. An ACR exclusive, the Digital Display will allow the user to test GPS functionality up to 60 times over the life of the battery.
During the expedition, Scholsberg and Treinish, will also utilize ACR's new 406Link.com, www.406Link.com, subscription-based satellite self test service. Through their SARLink™ View the couple will have the ability to send non-distress messages to family and supporters via text/e-mail and a hyperlink to an online map showing their actual location.
"We will be travelling through some rugged and remote areas where traditional means of communication won't be available, so it's comforting to know that in the event of a life threatening emergency will can count on our PLB getting through when all else fails," said Treinish.
Schlosberg and Treinish, named 2008 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, plan to gather demographic data about the animals inhabiting and migrating along the route as they travel. Fur and scat samples will be collected for DNA analysis that can link existing and future data about individual animals and groups of animals. Observations of footprints, claw marks, and scat will confirm the presence of animals. Remote-triggered camera traps may be used to catch imagery and identify individual animals. All data gathered will be tied to GPS locations.
"The scientific community believes that if populations can dependably migrate between and throughout these vast areas, they will thrive," said Treinish, a wildlife biologist. "We need to find out what the specific barriers are that prevent movement, and which existing migratory routes are at risk of becoming cut off, causing isolation. Walking the route, which is really rugged, lets us view it through the eyes of wildlife and observe and document what they face."
About Satellite Detectible Emergency
406 MHz EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs transmit signals on internationally recognized distress frequencies. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) monitors the 406 MHz signal and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (COSPAS-SARSAT) detects and locates distress signals and forwards the information directly to the Coast Guard.GPS coordinates greatly assist search and rescue crews, and in the event GPS isn't acquired, position can be calculated through Doppler Shift as a reliable backup.
NOAA has reported that in 2009, Cospas-Sarsat assisted in the rescue of 154 people in 63 incidents at sea. Worldwide, the Cospas-Sarsat system is credited with rescuing more than 27,000 people since the program's inception in 1982. Of that number, more than 6,000 persons were rescued in the U.S. An EPIRB/PLB is a satellite-signalling device of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted and where the situation is deemed to be grave and imminent, and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance. All beacons must be registered online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.govfollowing purchase.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.
ACR Electronics, Inc. (www.acrelectronics.com), designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products including EPIRBs, PLBs, AIS, SARTs, Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality systems of this facility have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2008 Series Standards. Recognized as the world leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as to the military since 1956. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and employs 200 at its manufacturing facility.
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