Battery Expiry Date: September 2031
An 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). As the satellites are in a polar orbit they offer true global coverage – with an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, no matter how remote.
An EPIRB forms part of the GMDSS mandated equipment package required by law for all commercial vessels over 300 tons, however many non-mandate vessels and leisure boats choose to carry an EPIRB to improve safety and they have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives since they have been introduced.
Designed to meet the requirements of both the commercial and recreational user, the McMurdo SmartFind E8 EPIRB features transmits on 406 and 121.5MHz and includes a high brightness LED light which helps rescue services locate you at night or in poor visibility. Location is determined within 5km (3 miles) by measuring the doppler shift of the EPIRB’s signal through the Cospas-Sarsat network. Once in the area, rescue services are then able to pinpoint your precise location using inbuilt 121.5Mhz homing transmitter. The McMurdo SmartFind E8 EPIRB also features faster alert detection on the 406MHz frequency though compatibility with MEOSAR, a new search and rescue infrastructure which will be rolled out by Cospas Sarsat. When fully deployed the aim is: Determine beacon location within 5km, 95% of the time, within 10 minutes.
72 MEOSAR satellites positioned at Medium Earth Orbit altitude
Near instantaneous beacon signal detection using bent pipe technology – average 46 minutes faster compared to LEOSAR
Reduced response times with multiple signal bursts to improve speed and accuracy of location calculation
Close to 100% reliability due to multiple antenna systems and MEOLUT networking
When fully operational next generation beacons will also have a return link signal through Galileo satellites :
Acknowledge signal receipt and Control beacon – remotely activate, turn off or confirm false alarm
The SmartFind E8 EPIRB battery offers a minimum 48hr operation and a 10 year battery life. The SmartFind E5 also features a comprehensive diagnostic and self-test facility to keep you up to date on remaining battery usage and EPIRB operation.
Optimised for MEOSAR – Enhanced detection capability for accelerated rescue 406/121.5MHz EPIRB SmartChange easy service battery with 10 year storage life (Lithium Iron Disulphide) SmartBase Impact protection SmartLight – 3 lights, 360 degree coverage SmartSwitch Reusable ON power button cover, to prevent accidental activation Multiple self tests 120 short tests for system check and 20 Long tests which include testing of the GNSS receivers