McMurdo SmartFind E8/G8 EPIRB Range
The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is the first EPIRB to include 406 MHz, 121.5 MHz, AIS and GNSS (better known as GPS) to accelerate search and rescue. The unique power of these award winning beacons is in the flexibility and additional tracking capabilities long demanded by maritime customers. This will further reduce rescue times by combining the global location power of 406 MHz with the localized rescue capacities of AIS, first introduced to the world in McMurdo's AIS MOB range.
The SmartFind G8 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). With an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, subscription free, no matter how remote.
McMurdo SmartFind G8 EPIRB features
- World's first EPIRB to include localized alert and recovery via AIS
- Unique location detection with the world's first EPIRB to combine the GNSS coverage of a GPS and the precision location of Galileo
- Combining the benefits of multiple life saving products in one beacon
- MEOSAR compatible for faster alert detection
- Combined global alerting 406 MHz with localized recovery power of AIS
- Four search and rescue frequencies (406 MHz, 121.5 MHz, AIS and GNSS)
- Multiple GSS (GPS) receivers for faster more accurate location detection
- Subscription free
- Easy service battery
- 10-year battery life
- Compliance with the new United States emergency hands free transport mandate
- False activation protection
- Ruggedized base
SmartFind E8/G8 EPIRB range features comparison
|Feature||Description||SmartFind E8||SmartFind G8||SmartFind G8 AIS|
|Optimized for MEOSAR||Enhanced detection capability for accelerated rescue||✓||✓||✓|
|VHF homer||121.5 MHz swept tone||✓||✓||✓|
|406 frequency||International rescue frequency||✓||✓||✓|
|GNSS receiver||72 channels multi-constellation (see Note 3)||✓||✓|
|AIS capability||AIS for localized rescue||✓|
|SmartTransfer||Manual bracket allowing transport without activating water switch||✓||✓||✓|
|Auto-housing option||Automatic deployment when submerged 1 - 4 meters||✓||✓||✓|
|Activation method||Manual or water activation||✓||✓||✓|
|SmartCarry||Concealed hands-free easy carry strap||✓||✓|
|SmartLight||3 lights, 360 degree coverage||✓||✓||✓|
|SmartSwitch||Reusable ON power button cover, to prevent accidental activation||✓||✓||✓|
|Battery storage life||10 years (Lithium Iron Disulphide) (see Note 4)||✓||✓||✓|
|SmartChange||Easy service battery||✓||✓||✓|
|Global service network||200+ service centres across 80+ countries||✓||✓||✓|
|Multiple self tests||120 short tests for system check and 20 long tests which include testing of the GNSS receivers (see Note 1)||✓||✓||✓|
|Warrenty||1 + 4 years with 1 year extension on safety check (see Note 2)||✓||✓||✓|
|Part of McMurdo Ecosystem||Developed with McMurdo's unique understanding of the technical requirements to fully utilize the Cospas-Sarsat infrastructure||✓||✓||✓|
Note 1: Recommendation - 1 test a month over a period of 10 years. Long tests twice a year over a 10 year period. Long tests to be conducted in full view of sky. Obstacles will increase time taken for GPS lock, reducing the battery life. Long tests can also be only performed if GNSS receiver workability seems suspect.
Note 2: Warranty is 1 year from date of purchase, and additional 4 years upon registration with McMurdo group. On 5 year health check, an additional year will be put in place.
Note 3: GPS and GLONASS has been approved. Galileo has been in place since it's been active in early 2017.
Note 4: As a responsible manufacturer, McMurdo recommends a 5 year health check. Shore-based maintenance mandated vessels, battery health check or replacements should be carried out in accordance with flag Administration requirements and not exceeding 5 years.
Note 1: AIS is available on the G8-AIS model only
Note 2: GNSS is available on the G8 and G8-AIS model only
Note 3: Approvals for various standards is pending
Note 4: As a a responsible manufacturer, McMurdo recommends a 5-year health check at the nearest McMurdo approved service agent. Shore-based maintenance mandated vessels, battery health check or replacements should be carried out in accordance with flag Administration requirements and not exceeding 5 years.