FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mike May, Manager of Military & Government Programs
ACR Electronics - SARLinkTM
(First Handheld Device With Two-way Data Communications, Global Tracking and Immediate 406 MHz Emergency Access.)
Fort Lauderdale, FL., February 15, 2016 – ACR Electronics, Inc. announces the release of the SARLink. The world’s first communication device that combines the global services of Iridium’s Short Burst Data, and the Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz emergency network into an ergonomically designed hand-held device. The Iridium based features of the SARLink fulfil the requirements for Blue & Friendly Force Tracking, as well as two-way messaging for command and control. The 406 MHz locator beacon leverages the proven reliability of the Cospas-Sarsat network, which has successfully aided search and rescue personnel around the world in saving over 37,000 lives since the mid-1980’s.
SARLink can be provisioned to operate on the DoD Gateway utilizing the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services airtime contract, or the Iridium Commercial Gateway, supporting 10, 30 byte, and PECOS formats. The 406 MHz beacon can be configured to standard or national protocol. SARLink incorporates a second battery dedicated to 406 MHz operation, providing more than 24 hours of distress messaging.
Military personnel equipped with a SARLink will benefit from the following distinct operational capabilities:
- Dedicated SOS Button - redundant emergency notification through both the Cospas-Sarsat and Iridium networks with embedded Precise Location Information (PLI)
Iridium Only Distress Alerting - option to engage the Iridium-only distress alert, user-defined notification to proprietary command centers and personnel
Two-Way Data Communication – send and receive free-text and canned messages using the on-board QWERTY touch screen keyboard to:
Verify and validate distress messages as well as routine operational command and control;
Communicate via text with:
Contact lists can be pre-defined and can incorporate canned messages that are scripted and loaded across agency devices
Friendly Force Tracking – transmit PLI at selectable intervals from once per minute to once per day. Create, save, and send waypoints as well as manual check-ins
Gerald Angeli, ACR Electronics President and General Manager stated, “We are proud to provide an elite product such as the SARLink to support our military’s communication and emergency needs. As a leading manufacturer of survival gear, developing new products like the SARLink to enhance the safety of military personnel brings further validation to the importance of what we do here at ACR.”
*Sales of this product are limited to the U.S. Military and Government entities.
**This device has not been authorized for commercial sale and use as required by the rules of the FCC. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, unless specific written authorization is obtained.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.
ACR Electronics, Inc. (ACR) designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products under the ACR and ARTEX brand names. Available products include Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights, Boat Search Lights, Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Tagging, Tracking & Locating (TTL) devices, Satellite Distress & Messaging devices, and associated safety accessories. ACR’s facility Quality Management System (QMS) is certified by TUV USA and is certified in accordance with AS9100C / ISO 9001:2008 standards. In addition, ACR maintains FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certification status.
Recognized as the world’s leader in safety and survival technologies, ACR has provided safety equipment to the marine and aviation industries as well as to various worldwide military and government agencies since 1956.