Distress Radio Beacon

Hansen Protection’s new Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) makes it easier to locate people in distress at sea. The beacon was developed in Norway and is manufactured there. The beacon takes cross-bearings from multiple systems. Several vessels can participate in search and rescue, increasing the probability of locating survivors. Previous tracking transmitters used by offshore oil workers have transmitted signals only on the 121.5-MHz emergency-wave band that only rescue helicopters and rescue boats could pick up. But the EPIRB combines signals on several different frequencies. In addition to sending signals over the emergency frequency, it also uses AIS, the shipping-industry anticollision system. The beacon also uses the American Global Positioning Satellite system and its Russian equivalent, Glonass. The beacon is mounted in a bracket in the survival suit. Testing of the suit was performed in a cold chamber and in pools that simulate harsh-environment conditions. Hansen Protection currently exports survival suits to Canada, China, Russia, Denmark, and Germany, as well as other countries.

Hansen Protection’s EPIRB, fitted into offshore survival suits, transmits emergency signals on several different frequencies.



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