Ocean Signal has introduced the rescueME MOB1, which it is marketing as the world’s smallest AIS MOB device with integrated digital selective calling. It is designed to attach to the most compact life jackets for automatic activation in the event of a man overboard situation.
The MOB1 gives the person in the water two ways to communicate. The AIS transmissions provide position information to the boat’s chart plotter, while the digital selective calling VHF alarm also is triggered.
“In a man overboard situation, your first and best chance of rescue will always be from the vessel from which you have become separated,” Ocean Signal Managing Director Alan Wrigley stated in a press release. “The rescueME MOB1 will provide anyone out at sea with a reliable life-saving device which will provide reassurance that they can be located quickly.”
According to the manufacturer, rescueME MOB1 is 30 percent smaller than similar products at 134mm tall, 38mm wide and 27mm deep. It can be pre-armed with activation tape connected to the deflated bladder of a life jacket, giving it an automatic trigger when the life jacket is inflated.
It has an integrated 66-channel GPS receiver to transmit accurate position data for at least 24 hours back to the boat’s chart plotter and any other vessels in the area.
Availability will start in January 2015 with a suggested retail price of about $325.
Learn more at www.oceansignal.com.