McMurdo, a maker of emergency response equipment, has received Transport Canada's Type Acceptance approval for the Smartfind S10 and Smartfind S20 AIS Man Overboard (MOB) devices. The approval means these devices can be imported and sold for commercial maritime and recreational boating use across Canada.
Based in Sophia Antipolis, France, McMurdo's AIS MOB units join the company's range of other safety products already on the market in Canada, including PLBs and EPIRBs.
The Smartfind S10 AIS MOB is said to be waterproof to 60 meters. When manually activated, the unit transmits both AIS and GPS data to the vessel the individual has come from, and to other AIS equipped vessels within a typical four-mile radius to provide precise location information to aid the recovery of persons in difficulty at sea. Bearing and distance information is transmitted and displayed on the AIS receiver or plotter, giving potential rescuers all the information they require.
The Smartfind S20 is worn on a lifejacket and activated by sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming cap to deploy the antenna. The compact unit is designed to aid the recovery of passengers who have fallen overboard by sending alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers within approximately a four-mile radius. A flashing LED light aids location at night. A built-in high precision GPS receiver – which updates every 60 seconds – provides precise location, distance and bearing data.
McMurdo, a division of Orolia, provides products to organizations such as Airbus, Boeing, the British Royal Navy, the US Coast Guard and NASA.