Seconds count in a man overboard situation. The AISLink MOB automatically activates upon inflation of the lifejacket, sending an initial alert within 15 seconds to all AIS receivers and plotters in the vicinity. Both positioning and MOB emergency messages are transmitted alerting vessels up to 5 miles away of your emergency situation. Even in moderate seas, it is alarming how quickly a visual sighting of a man overboard can be lost. The AISLink MOB’s integrated GPS quickly pinpoints a precise location and transmits this as part of the AIS alert message to all local AIS equipped vessels. The AISLink MOB also has the ability to alert your crew to the emergency by activating the DSC alarm on your vessel’s VHF. All AIS receivers and AIS-enabled plotters within a 5-mile radius (dependent on conditions) are alerted, and an integrated high-intensity strobe light assists with accurate positioning even in low light conditions. Powerful lithium metal batteries provide 24+ hours of operational life, and the high-impact housing can withstand a drop to water of 20m. Compatibility: Note that most modern AIS plotters and DSC VHF units comply with the standards for receiving MOB transmissions. However, it is recommended that you check with your equipment manufacturer to ensure compatibility. DSC functionality may vary — or be disabled entirely — according to the regulations of individual countries. Features and Benefits: Dual alert via AIS and DSC Onboard GPS for exceptional location accuracy Simple life jacket integration Manual or Automatic Activation Alerts AIS equipped vessels up to 5 miles (4.3 NM) away 24+ hours operational life and 7 Year battery life Ultra bright LED strobe light Rugged and Waterproof up to 10 meters FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What test modes does the AISLink MOB have? There are three test modes on the AISLink MOB; Functional, DSC and AIS/GPS. The Functional test should be carried out once a month and will display the length of time the battery has been used for. It will also apply a load to the battery to test that the battery is not faulty or has been discharged. It carries out other functional tests on the electronic circuitry. It does not test the GPS or make test transmissions. The DSC test should be carried out no more than two times a year. This test sends a single DSC transmission to the MMSI programmed into the AISLink MOB, which will be displayed on the vessels DSC radio. It does not send a Distress or Distres Relay call and the call does not contain the position. The AIS test should be carried out no more than three times a year. This test activates the GPS receiver and after the position is determined it makes an AIS transmission, which will display on a suitable AIS receiver or chartplotter. The received AIS message will show the position determined by the AISLink MOB GPS receiver. There is also a transmission of the AIS text message containing the words “MOB TEST”. Note that this test must be done with the AISLink MOB in full view of the sky. Without a valid position, the AISLink MOB will not transmit any AIS messages. The limitation on the number of tests a year is to ensure that the battery will still have its full operational life at the expiry date of the battery. Why does my AISLink MOB show red flashes if I try to program the MMSI number? If the unit fails to program, showing the flashing red LED on completion, please try again. Turn the AISLink MOB on in programming mode again and retry. There is no need to exit the programming screen on the program. If the programming page is showing, simply press F10 again to commence the programming sequence again. If you are having problems programming your AISLink MOB, please check the following guidance. 1) Make sure that your screen brightness is set to maximum, using the controls on the monitor or device. 2) Ensure that you have commenced programming within 50 seconds of putting the AISLink MOB into programming mode. Failure to do this will cause the AISLink MOB to have turned off before communication starts. Note that once programming has commenced (The white box is flashing) the AISLink MOB should stay on until the programming sequence is completed. 3) Ensure that the AISLink MOB is placed over the white square with the rubber programming adaptor firmly touching the screen and with the aperture in the rubber close to the center of the white box. 4) Avoid programming the AISLink MOB in bright ambient light conditions. If necessary point the screen away from direct or bright sources of light such as sun through a window. (In extreme circumstances, especially with older screens that have lost their brightness, place a thick cloth over the screen and AISLink MOB to block out the ambient light.) 5) The AISLink MOB configuration software requires precise timing, which may be disrupted by other applications running at the same time, especially on slower computers. If you still encounter problems, try shutting down all un-necessary applications, including anti-virus software. Which DSC radios are compatible with the AISLink MOB? ACR recommends using one of the radios from the list below with the AISLink MOB. The following class D DSC radios have been tested in cooperation with the manufacturer and confirmed to receive the Individual Distress Relay call. ICOM: Current models; M91, M323, M423, M506 Older models; M411, M421, M505, M603 Simrad: RS90 Standard Horizon: GX1600E (Explorer); Newer models are also likely to work but have not been tested. Class A DSC radios have always been able to receive this call and all models are believed to be compatible. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to as more compatible models are confirmed. ACR welcomes enquiries from other manufacturers wishing to have their radios listed here. What DSC functions are allowed in my country? The DSC functionality of the AISLink MOB is limited by regulations in each country. The list below indicates which functions you may expect. AIS only: Canada, France, Denmark, Latvia AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay call plus group call sent after 30 minutes: USA AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay call only: Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay,All Ships Distress Alert (manual initiation): All other European countries AIS + DSC Individual Distress Relay, All Ships Distress Alert, sent once on AISLink MOB activation and on manual initiation: Rest of the World.
ACR Electronics launches the new AISLink, their first Automatic Identification System (AIS) Man Overboard Beacon (MOB) that adds to their already expansive line of personal maritime survival gear. The new AISLink MOB is a locating device specially designed and priced for both the recreational and commercial marine markets.
AIS MOB technology is engineered to quickly facilitate the rescue of someone who falls overboard. Manually or automatically activated, AISLink will begin transmitting distress signals within just 15 seconds of activation and can continue to transmit for over 24 hours. Once the AIS MOB is activated, it transmits MOB emergency messages along with GPS coordinates to vessels with AIS receivers and/or plotters within a five mile range. The AISLink MOB is also capable of signaling the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) alarm on a vessel’s VHF radio.
ACR’s AISLink highlighted features are as follows:
• Dual alert via AIS and Digital Selective Calling
• Onboard GPS for exceptional location accuracy
• Simple life jacket integration
• Manual or automatic activation
• Ability to alert AIS-equipped vessels within a radius of 5 miles or 4.3 nautical miles
• 24+ hours operational life and 7-year battery life
• 5-year warranty
• Ultra bright LED strobe light
• Rugged and waterproof up to 10 meters
AISLink has a rugged waterproof case (up to 32 feet or 10 meters) with a powerful LED strobe which illuminates; allowing rescuers to pinpoint the exact location in low-visibility scenarios. AISLink is perfect for local rescues and is the perfect complement to any vessels AIS system. An important difference to note between the AISLink MOB and 406 MHz EPIRBs like the ACR GlobalFix V4 is that the AISLink MOB will only emit local distress alerts via AIS and DSC to AIS-equipped vessels within a range of 4.3 nautical miles, where a 406 MHz beacon will emit signals from anywhere in the world directly to Search and Rescue forces via the international Cospas-Sarsat system.
Having an AISLink MOB on a lifejacket in a man overboard situation, when every second counts, will give the fastest, best chance of rescue from the water by other vessels nearby equipped with AIS. ACR’s new AISLink MOB will be available at your local or online recreational marine retailer this holiday season.
Product DescriptionPersonal AIS Man Overboard Beacon
Product Number2886Activation MethodManual or Automatic ActivationApplicationCoastal Cruising, Sailing, Offshore Recreational, Commercial MarineBattery Life7 Years from date of manufacture or after emergency use (24+ hours operational battery life)Waterproof10 MetersWeight0.2 lbs (92 g)Warranty5 yearsGPS EnabledYesDimensions4.52 x 1.81 x 1.06 in. (115 x 46 x 27 mm)StrobeLED StrobeTemperature Range (Operational & Storage)Operational: -4°F to +131°F (-20°C to +55°C), Storage: -22°F to +158°F (-30°C to +70°C)FrequencyAIS channel 1- 161.975 MHz, AIS channel 2 - 162.025 MHz, DSC 156.525 MHzTransmit Power (EIRP)AIS: 1 Watt, DSC: 0.5 WattBaud RateAIS: 9600 Baud, DSC: 1200 BaudAIS MessagesMessage 1 (Position), Message 14 (MOB Status)AIS Repetition Interval8 messages/minute (message 14 sent twice every 4 minutes)DSC MessagesIndividual Distress Relay (single call made on press of the activation button, in regions where it is allowed)DSC Repetition IntervalOnce every 5 minutes (Relay only)