SARLink was developed to meet the requirements of operation in harsh environments. The unit is waterproof to a depth of one meter and is rated at IP-67. Additional environmental testing includes drop, vibration, bump, corrosion, and thermal shock. SARLink is ruggedized to endure the mission of today’s lone workers, law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, emergency medical, and other emergency service personnel.
SARLink offers a high resolution color LCD Touchscreen where user menu options are displayed as easily recognized icons. The touchscreen allows quick access to user menus and ease of entering text via an on-screen QWERTY keyboard. SARLink incorporates two dedicated batteries; a rechargeable Lithium Ion for Iridium tracking, texting, and distress messaging, and a dedicated Lithium battery for the 406 MHz locator beacon in compliance with Cospas-Sarsat stringent system requirements. In the event that the Iridium battery is depleted, the dedicated 406 MHz battery will provide an independent, 24 hours of distress transmission.
SARLink delivers simultaneous and redundant emergency notification through both the Cospas-Sarsat and Iridium satellite networks when the SOS button is activated. On-board GPS sharing technology allows both alerts to include precise geolocation data. The two-way communication capability combined with the distress alerting, allows for the verification of the emergency as well as the ability to assist in the rescue by providing detailed information about the nature of the situation.
SARLink provides the ability to transmit precise Position Location Information (PLI) data at selectable intervals ranging from once per minute to once per day. Manually activated Check-In is also supported and additional features include the ability to create, save, and send user defined waypoints. SARLink utilizes an open data format protocol and supports 10 byte and 30 byte formats while also including the ability to be remotely configured over-the-air.
SARLink offers two-way satellite messaging through Iridium’s network which delivers 100% global coverage free of gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. SARLink can communicate with other mobile devices including cell phones, satellite phones, and other SARLink units using two-way messaging as supported by the client’s back-end platform. These messaging options include free-text using the on-board QWERTY keyboard, canned messages, and a combination of free-text and canned messages. Brevity codes are also supported. Contact lists can be pre-defined and canned messages can be scripted by the system administrator and loaded across all devices. SARLink also support email messaging.
In order to utilize all SARLink functionality, the 406 MHz Locator Beacon should be registered with NOAA (Click here to register with NOAA). Additionally, users will need to purchase a subscription for Iridium Airtime and work with a Backend Service Provider (BES) to obtain backend service. Without an Iridium Airtime subscription or a BES, users will be unable to utilize the tracking, two-way communications, and the Iridium distress alerting features. Please contact ACR Electronics at 954-981-3333 with questions regarding Iridium Airtime or Backend Service providers.