Features May 2013 Issue

Field Testing Kannad, McMurdo, and Mobilarm MOB Beacons

New devices allow MOB tracking via AIS and DSC systems.

We’ve been following man-overboard (MOB) beacons, flags, and lights for more than 30 years now. In our testing, we’ve found that a major shortcoming of many electronic MOB transmitters is their inability to track the person in the water; most simply alert the crew that someone has fallen overboard. But in the past two years, with the integration of the Automated Identification System (AIS) and Digital Selective Calling (DSC), MOB-recovery technology has changed dramatically. We recently put it to the test with field trials of the Kannad SafeLink, McMurdo Smartfind, and Mobilarm V100 MOB beacons.

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