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The new Ocean Signal EPIRB3 is a full featured 406 MHz global rescue beacon that comes with a manual release bracket and packs a host of features into a compact modern design which includes AIS technology. AIS provides local rescuers precise and reliable information on the current beacon position, thereby speeding rescue operations. Additionally, Return Link Service (RLS) comforts those who activate the beacon by confirming that their distress message has been received. The inclusion of Near Field Communication (NFC) capability allows use of a smartphone app to monitor the EPIRB’s battery and other functions ensuring it is working properly. With its slim design and advanced features, the EPIRB3 is ideal for a variety of mariners whether they are cruising the med, heading out through the straights for a passage, fishing, working, or sailing offshore.

This device has not yet been authorized as required by the Rules of the FCC and does not comply with the requirements of RED (Radio Equipment Directive). This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased until such authorization is obtained.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

ACR’s new EPIRB3 (Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon) increases reliability and eases rescue operations with new advanced features. This new EPIRB transmits a digital mayday on 406 MHz notifying rescuers globally via satellite and broadcasts Automatic Identification System (AIS) VHF signals locally to help rescuers find the beacon faster. Once activated the EPIRB3 transmits an emergency signal to the global Cospas-Sarsat satellite rescue system, and simultaneously sends out an AIS alert on VHF frequencies which can be seen immediately by any nearby vessel equipped with AIS. Return Link Service (RLS) provides visual confirmation to the user that their distress message has been received. The combination of AIS, a 121.5 MHz homing signal, and visible and infrared strobe lights speed recovery times by allowing rescuers to pinpoint the beacon location, even if it has drifted, regardless of the time of day or night. Near Field Communication (NFC) is a great new feature that allows users to monitor the EPIRB3 using a free mobile smartphone App, ensuring that the battery has sufficient power and the beacon is functioning properly before heading out.

Advanced marine safety and rescue technology from Ocean Signal in the new EPIRB3 with AIS combines innovative new features into a compact, ergonomically designed case that is ideal for all types and sizes of recreational and commercial vessels.

 

Rescue times can improve with Global activation combined with AIS Local beacon broadcast.

 

The EPIRB3 uses the GNSS (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) positioning networks to derive its location globally. When the beacon is triggered a 406 MHz distress transmission relays this GPS EPIRB (GPIRB) position, accurate to within 100 meters, to the worldwide Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue satellite network. Ground stations connected to the satellite system receive EPIRB identification and position of deployment information so rescue operations can be coordinated and initiated. With advanced AIS technology now incorporated into the EPIRB, directly upon activation the beacon starts transmitting AIS signals so that nearby AIS equipped vessels are instantly notified of the distress situation and are provided the beacon location. AIS equipped vessels within VHF range will see a safety message on their screens that includes the MMSI vessel identification. Local vessels can start rescue and recovery operations immediately, potentially speeding recovery times and saving lives. Since an AIS target is presented on the onboard display of any nearby AIS equipped vessel, they can easily navigate directly to the EPIRB by selecting the AIS target. Even when no local vessels are available, AIS will speed recovery times by allowing maritime SAR operators to pinpoint the EPIRB’s location as they approach. The combination of Global satellite distress calling, precise GPIRB location transmission and local AIS safety messaging will greatly improve recovery time and success.

 

Near Field Communication (NFC) provides EPIRB diagnostics using a smartphone.

 

Beacon users can now check their EPIRB by connecting their smartphone to it with NFC (Near Field Communication). This technology connects a smartphone placed adjacent to the EPIRB3 by launching the free Ocean Signal Product App automatically. Full diagnostics are available in the app showing the user the current battery life, number of self-tests completed, number of GNSS tests completed, and how long the EPIRB has been activated. Detailed information including a map view that shows where a GNSS test was performed, the date and time of the test, the time it took the EPIRB to get a fix on the GNSS coordinates, number of satellites used to obtain that fix, and the accuracy of the fix are all conveniently displayed. Ocean Signal’s free Mobile App and NFC functionality provide users all the information they need to confirm their EPIRB is fully functioning and ready for deployment in case of an emergency.

 

Convenient Return Link Service (RLS) tells users that their distress call has been received.

 

EPIRBs are deployed in times of distress and rescue operations can take time especially if the vessel in distress is far offshore. The EPIRB3 is equipped with Return Link Service that notifies users that the beacon distress signal has been delivered. The RLS signal is sent back through the Galileo satellite network to confirm that the distress message along with the precise EPIRB location and identifiers have been received. A simple flashing blue light tells users that the EPIRB has successfully connected through the satellite network and rescuers will be notified. Knowing that the digital mayday has been successfully communicated along with the EPIRB identification and beacon location helps those in distress remain calm while awaiting rescue operations.

 

Mounting Bracket

 

The EPIRB3 comes complete with a Category two manual release mounting bracket. This bracket securely stores the EPIRB3 for the duration of your trip regardless of the conditions experienced throughout. It also provides a quick release so the EPIRB can swiftly and easily be removed when needed.

 

ACR uses advanced technology and quality manufacturing processes to develop and produce quality electronic rescue devices and other life-saving products. The new EPIRB3 with its contoured profile is equally suited for both sail and powerboats. Both recreational and commercial users can be assured that the features in this new EPIRB provide the highest chance of an efficient and successful rescue no matter where they go. A host of high-tech features in the EPIRB3 combine with a unique design that allow it to be used effectively on all types of vessels whether working or playing near shore, offshore, or crossing the globe.

Name EPIRB3
Product Description EPIRB with AIS, RLS, and NFC
Model Number EPIRB3
Output Power (406/121.5) 406.040 MHz, 5W (nominal) / 121.5 MHz, 50mW (nominal)
AIS Automatic Identification System (AIS) Alert for Local Rescue
RLS Return Link Service (RLS) confirmation direct to beacon
NFC / Mobile App Near Field Communication (NFC) and Mobile App Included
Strobe White & Infrared
Size (antenna not deployed) – Beacon Only 6.8 x 3.6 x 3.1”

17.27 x 9.14 x 7.87 cm

Weight – Beacon Only 0.42 lbs (190g)
Battery Lithium battery, Li/FeS2
Battery Replacement 10-year replaceable battery (replace 10 years after the date of manufacture or after activation)
Temperature Range (Class 2) Storage: -22°F to +158°F (-30°C to +70°C)

Operating: -4°F to +131°F (-20°C to +55°C)

GPS 72 Channel Multi-constellation receiver (GPS, Galileo, & Glonass GNSS)
Activation Out of bracket and wet, or manually in or out of the bracket (Class 3 – manual activation only – no water activation)
Waterproof 33 ft (10 m) for 5 min.
Buoyant Yes
Operational Life 48 hours minimum @ -4°F (-20°C)
Deployment Category II – Manual Release
Warranty 2 Years (5 years if registered)
Accessories Cat II Bracket (P/N 703S-01600)
Approvals Cospas-Sarsat (Pending: FCC, RED, Canada, AMSA, New Zealand)

WARRANTY LENGTH: 2 Years (5 years if registered)

This product is warranted against factory defects in material and workmanship for a period of 2 (5 years if registered)* years from the date of purchase or receipt as a gift. During the warranty period ACR Electronics, Inc. will repair or at its option, replace at no cost to you for labor, materials or return transportation.

 

For further assistance, please contact our Technical Service Department at :

 

ACR Electronics, Inc.

5757 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6645

Email: service@acrelectronics.com

Telephone: +1 (954) 981-3333

Fax: +1 (954) 983-5087

 

This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by an accident or misuse or as a result of service or modification by another manufacturer.  The COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER concerning THIS PRODUCT, except as otherwise expressly stated in the previous paragraph. The Company shall not be liable for consequential or special damages. To place the warranty in effect, choose the form above and complete it entirely. Or you may fill out the registration card accompanying your product (if applicable) which must be returned to ACR Electronics, Inc. within ten days of purchase.
*Five Years for the following products:  EPIRB and PLB.

 

Q: What do EPIRBs do?

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are distress radio beacons that transmit location information about ships directly to Search and Rescue forces letting them know that the owner is in grave and imminent danger. Learn How A Rescue Works

Q: What is RLS or Return Link Service?

Return Link Service or RLS enables newly approved EPIRB, PLB, and ELT allowing for a confirmation signal (Example: blue light flashing or message if the beacon has a digital display) that the distress signal from the beacon has been received and localized by the Cospas-Sarsat system and forwarded to government authorities for action. It does NOT mean that a rescue has yet been organized/launched, only that the distress alert has been received and routed to the appropriate government agencies. The RLS confirmation signal or message should typically be received back to the RLS beacon between 10-20 minutes as Search and Rescue is working to facilitate your rescue.  Learn more about Return Link Service

Q: What is a GPIRB?

Some people call a GPS EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon a GPIRB.

Q: Whats the difference between an AIS EPIRB and a traditional EPIRB?

AIS EPIRBs will offer both recreational and commercial users the extra reassurance that other nearby vessels equipped with an AIS Transceiver will be notified in an emergency, in addition to the beacon’s traditional capabilities to transmit a 406 MHz distress signal via the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system to contact global rescue services.  Introducing the AIS locating signal ensures a signal will also be received by all vessels and aircraft equipped with AIS in the vicinity, enabling them to respond with immediate assistance.

Q: What is NFC?

Near-field communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connectivity technology that uses magnetic field induction to enable communication between devices when they’re touched together or brought within a few centimeters of each other.  The beacons data and activity is stored and when your phone is within range, the beacons NFC uses the phones power to push the data into your phone and into your Beacons Mobile App.

Q: Where can I purchase a beacon?

Visit our Where To Buy dealer locator or purchase direct from ACRARTEX.com

Q: Will 406 MHz beacons work anywhere in the world?

Yes, 406 MHz beacons can be used anywhere in the world, including at both poles, just remember that you need a clear view of the sky (they will not work in buildings or caves, etc.)

Q: Is there a subscription fee for beacon registration or rescue service?

Beacon registration is free, should you ever have to activate your beacon, rescue is free in most parts of the world.

Q: What is the difference between a Category I and a Category II EPIRB?

The difference is in how the EPIRB is deployed from the provided EPIRB bracket. A Category I beacon automatically deploys when a vessel sinks. The beacon floats free at a depth of 1.5 to 3.0m (4.9 to 13.1ft). The EPIRB can be manually activated while in its bracket or manually removed and activated. A Category II beacon is manually deployed. The EPIRB will automatically activate when removed from its bracket and comes in contact with water, or when it is still in its bracket but a person has lifted the switch to the activation position.
Both the Category 1 and Category 2 brackets will deactivate the EPIRBs water sensor feature so if the EPIRB should get wet while in the bracket, it will not cause a false alarm.  EPIRB water activation is only possible when the EPIRB has been removed from the bracket and gets wet.

Q: How do I register my beacon?

406 MHz Beacons must be registered with the National Authority of the country you live in.

Step 1. Visit our Registration database to find the appropriate National Authority

Step 2. Register with your countries National Authority via Mail, Fax, or for the fastest service register online. Registration in the United States The national authority that accepts beacon registrations in the United States is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Here are three easy ways to register:

1.) The fastest and easiest way to register is online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov. Recommended method. Verify and validate information before submitting it.

2.) Mail the registration form with the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope to:

SARSAT BEACON REGISTRATION NOAA NSOF, E/SPO53

1315 East-West Hwy Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please print legibly.

3.) Faxing a registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to the Fax number on the bottom of the registration form. To reduce the possibility of erroneous entry please verify the legibility of information and validate information on the form to UIN on beacon before faxing. Please print legibly and in BLACK ink. All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration database within 48 hours of receipt. The information you provide on the registration form is used for rescue purposes only. A confirmation letter, a copy of the actual registration, and a proof-of-registration decal will be mailed to you within two weeks. When you receive these documents, please check the information carefully to ensure that the information provided on the label agrees with the information on the beacon and then affix the decal to your beacon in the area marked \”BEACON DECAL HERE.\” If you do not receive confirmation from NOAA in the expected timeframe, or if the information on the label is incorrect call toll-free 1-888-212-7283 for assistance. Registration outside of the United States In countries other than the United States, 406 MHz beacons are registered with that country\’s national authority at the time of purchase. The sales agent should have assisted you in filling out the forms and sending them to the country\’s national authority. Alternatively, visit our Registration database or many countries allow online registration in the International 406MHz Beacon Registration Database (IBRD) at www.406registration.com.

To verify that the unit is properly programmed for your country, view the UIN label on the back of the unit. If the beacon is not programmed for your country, the sales agent (if properly equipped) can reprogram the unit for the correct country.

Q: Why is it so important for me to register my beacon?

Registering the EPIRB, ELT, or Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in the United States and most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.

Q: How do I know the beacon is working?

Perform a monthly self-test. If the test passes, the beacon is working. If self-test does not pass, take/send the beacon in for service.
If your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also view your EPIRBs detailed test results by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.
If you want to know that your beacon signal is reaching the satellite system and your signal is being received back down to earth please check out our advanced testing service called 406Link.com.

Q: How often should I carry out a Self Test?

The beacon owners manual recommends the frequency of these tests; typical advice is once a month and/or before extended trips. Advanced Satellite Testing can be performed using our new service called 406Link.com.
If your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also view your EPIRBs detailed test results by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.

Q: The date on my HydroFix™ Release Unit is not marked. What do I do?

The HydroFix should be marked by the owner at the time of installation with an indelible ink pen. The HydroFix Release Unit is good three years from the date of manufacture (which is imprinted on the bottom of the HydroFix?) or 2 years from the date of installation. See the example below: MFG.0622 means the HRU was made June (06) of 2022. Thus this unit will need to be replaced 2 years from the date installed or in June of 2024. HRU MFG Date

Q: How do I maintain an EPIRB?

Taking care of a beacon is quick and easy. Routine maintenance is part of having the beacon ready at all times. Follow the maintenance recommendations in the Owner’s Manual and be sure to regularly self test your beacon to ensure it is working properly.

Q: Can I use my 406 MHz beacons anywhere in the world?

You should check the local regulations of any place you plan to visit with your beacon, some countries require you to have a radio license and a few countries have restrictions on the use of beacons, however, if it’s a real emergency you should always activate your beacon.

Q: What is a UIN and where do I find it on the beacon so I can register my beacon?

A UIN or Unique Identifier Number that is programmed into each beacon at the factory. The UIN number consists of 15 digit series of letters and numbers that make up the unique identity of the beacon. The UIN is on a white label on the exterior of the beacon. The UIN is also referred to as the Hex ID.  If your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also get your UIN by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.

Product Support

  • rescueME Cat II EPIRB3 with AIS, RLS, and NFC EPIRB Brochure
  • A Boaters Guide To EPIRBs
  • EPIRB Comparison Chart

Product Support Downloads

Product Approvals:

  • Cospas-Sarsat (TAC) – Pending