New Emergency Locator Beacon from Mobilarm

Mobilarm Limited announce a leap forward in the development of its proprietary marine safety technology, resulting in a new application of its VHF locator beacon technology for commercial, sports and professional divers around the world.

The leading global marine safety technology specialist will release a small, lightweight locator beacon for divers, based on the cutting-edge defence submarine escape and abandonment emergency locator beacon, the Mobilarm V200, which was designed under contract with the US Navy for submariner emergency escape use.

The new dive locator beacon is up to 50 percent smaller and lighter in comparison to the existing submariner beacon, making it perfectly suited for professional and recreational divers. The new dive locator beacon, which Mobilarm expects to ship mid-2011, enables above-water GPS location and automatic distress alerting over VHF radio should divers find themselves stranded from their boat.

According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Scuba divers can be hard to spot in the water, even at relatively short distances from a boat or shore if conditions are rough. Signaling devices are important safety equipment that help scuba divers be seen and heard if they need assistance.

"The successful 2003 low budget movie Open Water is based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded by a commercial dive operator. The divers vanished, believed drowned, off the Great Barrier Reef [Queensland, Australia] in January 1998," continues Lyon. "Regretfully, similar events have occurred around the world a lot more often than people know; the global requirement for a purpose built diver emergency locator beacon is significant."

The Mobilarm V100 VHF locator beacon, from which the new submariner and dive versions are derived, is a versatile Maritime Survivor Locating Device. The pocket-sized unit is attached to clothing or integrated into lifejackets and will automatically activate when the wearer has gone overboard, sending out a Mayday message and real time GPS coordinates of the casualty's current position via VHF Voice and DSC. In independent trials, Mobilarm's VHF beacons have outperformed existing technology with their ability to help rescue teams locate and track people in the water and plan their rescue more effectively.

Related news

Latest news

USCG confirms OPtimarin in Line for Ballast Water Approval

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has confirmed that Norwegian ballast water treatment specialist Optimarin has become the first supplier to submit an application for type approval.

New order for Servogear

Servogear announces that they have received a new order from Brødrene Aa. 

Norwater AS reports boost in sales

The Norwater team reports of great interest and busy days in 2016. In a press release, they state that as of the first 8 months of the year, 2016 sales are already beyond target for the year as a whole.

Gaia-facts reaching ground control

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first data from the Gaia mission, which has the tremendous task of building the most precise 3D map of the Milky Way.

Polish delegation for Norwegian circular waste management

Against the background of the EU's ambitious waste management targets, Norwegian and Polish stakeholders met on Wednesday 14 September in Drammen.

Milestone at Mongstad Water Treatment Plant

SAR AS reports that an extensive upgrade to the water treatment plant at Mongstad reached a new milestone July. 

Servogear signs new contract with Özata Shipyard

Servogear has announced the signing of a new contract with Özata Shipyard in Turkey. The contract includes the delivery of Servogear Ecoflow PropulsorTMfor two 39 meter passenger catamarans (YN 41 & YN 42).

Statoil and Petrobras strengthen strategic partnership

Statoil reports that they have strengthened their cooperation in Brazil by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petrobras.

TechInvent and Island Offshore/Centrica announced winners of ONS Innovation Award

TechInvent and Island Offshore/Centrica were announced winners of the ONS 2016 Innovation Awards, at the Innovation Awards Ceremony Tuesday 30 August.