ACR Electronics’ ResQLink personal locator beacons with Return Link Service are now approved in the United States.
The ResQLink View RLS is reportedly the world’s first personal-locator beacon (PLB) that gives users a clear confirmation message via a digital display screen, verifying that the international satellite system Cospas-Sarsat has received their distress message and location. The ResQLink 410 RLS has a confirmation light to indicate that a signal has been received.
“Offering two-way confirmation between 406 MHz beacon owners and search-and-rescue for the first time, the new technology can only be included in the latest distress beacons that are able to receive Galileo signals,” Mikele D’Arcangelo, vice president of global marketing and product management for ACR Electronics, stated in a press release. “We are excited to offer one of the first RLS-equipped PLBs to boaters, hikers, pilots, hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts.”
The PLBs incorporate a multiconstellation receiver using the Galileo GNSS and the GPS Satellite network for faster location and improved accuracy. They also operate on the three Cospas-Sarsat satellite systems, including the new MEOSAR. This ensures they will offer near-instantaneous signal detection and transmission, according to ACR Electronics.
How good are these PLBs for helping rescuers find people? ACR Electronics says anyone activating a ResQLink PLB can expect their beacon to be located within 328 feet, 95 percent of the time, within five minutes of the distress signal.
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