Wescom will launch its new DSC AIS Man Overboard device at METSTRADE 2023.
Nominated for a DAME Award, the sMRT ALERT is a digital Man Overboard (MOB) beacon, with two-way signalling, real-time location tracking via AIS (Automatic Identification System) and using DSC (Digital Selective Calling) to alert nearby vessels to the call for help.
It is one of several new devices in Wescom’s newly launched electronics division.
The device has a water activation feature allowing it to be attached to a lifejacket via a clip mechanism, without specialist fitting.
The beacon has been developed to provide a new level of reassurance for the user. It includes a beacon management app to connect the beacon to a smart phone, simplifying device use and making it convenient to check on activation status and the power reserves in the five-year battery.
Automatic or manual
The device can be activated manually or in armed mode will automatically send an alert after total water immersion for more than two seconds.
Once activated, the sMRT ALERT emits an audible alarm and strobe to confirm activation and improve detection in low light.
An internal DSC receiver allows a confirmation when its DSC distress signal has been acknowledged.
The sMRT ALERT is one of the first products on the market designed to meet the new Class M regulation ECC Decision (22)02), which will restrict AIS only MOB devices use of core AIS channels in certain countries from December 2024. “Over many decades the Wescom product range has been synonymous with high quality and reliability, we are taking this experience and dedication towards Marine Safety into our newly launched electronics division,” said Wescom Group CEO Ross Wilkinson. “It’s fantastic to see our first product in this category has been recognised for its safety innovations with a Dame nomination.”