plb – personal locator beacon
Wherever you are, at sea, on land, the rescueME PLB1 provides the reassurance that LR International with
the backing of global emergency services can be alerted by the press of a button.
The rescueME PLB1 can be operated with a single hand in even the most challenging situations. A simple
spring loaded flap covers the activation button preventing inadvertent use.
- Easily fits to your clothes or equipment
- Easily deployed Retractable Antenna
- 7 Year Battery Life
- 7 year warranty
- 24+ hour operational life
- High brightness strobe light
- 66 channel GPS receiver
- Unique mounting clip allowing fitment anywhere
- Operates on the global Cospas Sarsat rescue system
- Supplied with free flotation pouch
- Waterproof to 15m
- Link via satellite to LR International Operations
- Fast accurate positioning
- Homing Beacon to aid final location by search and Rescue craft
rescueME PLB1 works with the only officially recognised worldwide dedicated search and rescue satellite network (operated by Cospas Sarsat).
When activated the rescueME PLB1 transmits your position and your ID to a Rescue Coordination Centre via satellite link. The LR International Operations Room is promptly notified of your emergency and regularly advised of your current location to assist prompt rescue.
the cospas – sarsat system
The international Cospas-Sarsat system is based on a network of satellites in low-altitude earth orbit (LEOSAR) and in geostationary orbit (GEOSAR); it also comprises ground receiving stations as well as control and coordination centres. Its mission is to provide accurate and reliable distress alert and homing data. Supplying this information helps search and rescue (SAR) authorities provide fast and efficient assistance to persons in distress. Since its launch in 1985, the Cospas-Sarsat system has helped save more than 26,000 lives.
LR International extends this service to countries that are not part of the COSPAS system providing tactical rescue in hostile environments and assistance with coordination of any rescue efforts in countries where government rescue services are able to attend.
The maritime, aviation and land operations comprise three steps: alert, homing and rescue. The alert and homing phases used the same 121.5 MHz analogue frequency up until 2009, when Cospas-Sarsat decided that it would phase out satellite processing at 121.5 MHz frequency and that alerts would be triggered only on 406 MHz – a digital frequency able to offer enhanced security, to provide more comprehensive information and to reduce the number of false alarms.
The 121.5 MHz signal is nonetheless still received on land, by ships at sea and by airborne aircraft, and remains the most efficient and reliable system for homing in on victims. Distress radio beacons must thus be of the dual frequency type in order to guarantee accurate homing.
This map shows the participating countries in the COSPAS system. Participating countries are obliged to launch a rescue in the event of a beacon activation but LRI can ensure the rescue is executed quickly and efficiently including launching its own rescue in non-participating countries and hostile zones.
rescueme plb1 specifications