McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB Series

SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRBs

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). With an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, subscription free, no matter how remote!

The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is the world’s first EPIRBs to include 406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS and GNSS (better known as GPS) to accelerate search and rescue. The unique power of these new award winning beacons is in the flexibility and additional tracking capabilities long demanded by maritime customers. This will further reduce rescue times by combining the global location power of 406MHz with the localized rescue capacities of AIS, first introduced to the world in McMurdo’s AIS MOB range.

Life Saving Innovation

  • The world’s first EPIRB to include localised alert and recovery via AIS
  • Unique location detection with the world’s first EPIRB to combine the GNSS coverage of GPS and the precision location of Galileo
  • Combining the benefits of multiple life saving products in one beacon

 

McMurdo SmartFind series : Rescue Accelerating Features

 MEOSAR Compatible for faster Alert detection

Four search and rescue frequencies (406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS and GNSS)

Combined Global Alerting 406 MHz with localized recovery power of AIS

Multiple GSS (GPS) receivers for faster more accurate location detection

 

McMurdo SmartFind Series : Product features

McMurdo SmartFind Series: Product Overview

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SmartFind G8-AIS

SmartFind G8-AIS

Rugged, multi GNSS 406MHz EPIRB with both GPS and Galileo receivers, unique inbuilt AIS, optimised for new MEOSAR system

Operating Frequencies

  • 406MHz
  • 121.5MHz
  • Multi GNSS
  • AIS

Features

  • Built in AIS
  • Multi GNSS including Galileo
  • Accidental activation protection
  • Rugged construction optimised for commercial environments
  • Hands free carry strap
  • 360-degree strobe
  • Comes with safety bracket
  • 10-year battery life
  • Sealed Electronic Unit
  • Sealed Battery Unit
  • Manual/Auto release options

SmartFind G8

Smartfind G8

Rugged, multi GNSS 406MHz EPIRB with both GPS and Galileo receivers, optimised for new MEOSAR system

Operating Frequencies:

  • 406MHz
  • 121.5MHz
  • Multi GNSS

Features

  • Multi GNSS including Galileo
  • Accidental activation protection
  • Optimised for Meosar
  • Rugged construction optimised for commercial environments
  • Hands free carry strap
  • 360-degree strobe
  • Comes with safety bracket
  • 10-year battery life
  • Sealed Electronic Unit
  • Sealed Battery Unit
  • Manual/Auto release options

SmartFind E8

SmartFind E8

Rugged 406MHz EPIRB optimised for new MEOSAR system

Operating Frequencies:

  • 406MHz
  • 121.5MHz

Features

  • Optimised for Meosar
  • Accidental activation protection
  • Rugged construction optimised for commercial environments
  • Hands free carry strap
  • 360-degree strobe
  • Comes with safety bracket
  • 10-year battery life
  • Sealed Electronic Unit
  • Sealed Battery Unit
  • Manual/Auto release options

Comparison



EPIRB Activation

Orolia Maritime’s new generation of award winning EPIRBs come with two activation methods.

Manual Activation EPIRBs

Manual Activation EPIRBs

 
The unit comes in a Travel Safe bracket which prevents accidental activation of the water switches. This needs to be removed and the unit submerged to activate. Alternatively, users can lift the red tab and activate directly. Typically the manual EPIRB is considered the crews’ emergency beacon and travels with the crew on to the life-raft.

  • SmartTransfer Bracket
  • Magnet deactivates sea contacts during transport
  • Prevents unwanted activations
  • Best to mount on bulkheads in clear view near emergency exit
WARNING – The EPIRB will NOT be activated by water while it is in the manual brackets or in its carry-safe bracket. The EPIRB must be removed from all parts of the manual bracket before it will activate in water.

Automatic Activation EPIRBs

Automatic Activation EPIRBs

The unit is in cased in a Auto-house containing a Hydrostatic Release Unit which activates when the vessel is submerged, releasing the water activated EPIRB. Typically the Auto EPIRB is thought of as the vessel’s emergency beacon.

  • Float Free Bracket
  • Can fit into existing mounting holes from previous Auto Housing bracket
  • Magnet deactivates sea contacts when in bracket

Award winning Design

   

The SmartFind G8’s accelerated rescue, precision location and unique safety features have made the G8 one of Orolia Maritime’s most decorated products.

  • Pittman Innovation Award 2017
  • BMEA Product of the year 2018
  • DAME nomination 2017
  • Astor Platinum Safety Award 2018
  • NMEA Safety Product of the Year 2018

 

Understanding the MEOSAR Ecosystem

MEOSAR Improvements: Better Accuracy, Timeliness and Reliability

In the next few years Cospas Sarsat will be rolling out a new search and rescue infrastructure known as MEOSAR. When fully deployed the aim is: Determine beacon location within 5km, 95% of the time, within 10 minutes.

  • 72 MEOSAR satellites positioned at Medium Earth Orbit altitude
  • Near instantaneous beacon signal detection using bent pipe technology — average 46 minutes faster compared to LEOSAR
  • Reduced response times with multiple signal bursts to improve speed and accuracy of location calculation
  • Close to 100% reliability due to multiple antenna systems and MEOLUT networking
  • When fully operational next generation beacons will also have a return link signal through Galileo satellites
  • Acknowledge signal receipt
  • Control beacon — remotely activate, turn off or confirm false alarm
  • Lives are already being saving with the early operational MEOSAR through faster alerts and greater accuracy, for example in Australia where McMurdo has just finished MEOSAR ground infrastructure installation.

 

Standards Applied

COSPAS-SARSAT C/S T.001 C/S T.007
Europe MED (wheelmark)
USA USCG & FCC
FCC ID: TBA
47 CFR Parts 80, 2
Dependant on variant
International standards IEC 61097-2
IEC 60945 incl. Corrigendum1
IEC 61108-1 (GNSS variant)
RTCM 11000.4
Industry Canada RSS-287
AS/NZS 4280.1
IMO MSC/Circ. 862
IMO regulations A.662(16); A.694(17);
A.810(19); A.814(19)

 

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