The Easy Rescue transmits the position of a person fallen overboard
directly to all AIS receivers within range.
How does the Easy Rescue work?
The Easy Rescue is a personal AIS transmitting beacon. With a built
in GPS it transmits an emergency AIS-SART sentence (MOB) which
triggers an alarm on all AIS enabled chart plotters /PC’s within
range, along with the Lat/Long of the victim. The GPS is a new
generation fast acquiring type and the VHF AIS transmitter repeats
the message and position several times per minute. This enables
all vessels within range to assist with the rescue if they have an AIS
receiver or transponder.
What else do I need?
Apart for an AIS receiver or transceiver connected to a
chartplotter/PC, nothing. The Easy Rescue maybe attached to a life
jacket or kept on a lanyard. To operate just slide the safety cover
off (releasing the coiled antenna) and press ON. A test button
allows regular test of GPS function, battery state etc.
Personal AIS transmitter beacon –
position live on chartplotter/PC
✓ The parent ship knows
where the victim is.
✓ Other vessels can
assist with the search.
✓ No central Coastguard or
call centre required to
redistribute the information.
✓ No annual charge
✓ No waiting for satellites
11.01.2010 - AIS-based maritime emergency beacon
Saving lives simple now with AIS - easyRESCUE
The Easy Rescue is a personal AIS transmitting beacon. With a built in GPS it transmits an emergency AIS-SART sentence which triggers an alarm on all AIS enabled chart plotters / PC’s within range, along with the Lat/Long of the victim. The GPS is a new generation fast acquiring type and the VHF AIS transmitter repeats the message and position several times per minute. This enables all vessels within range to assist with the rescue if they have an AIS receiver or transponder. Here, the chances of survival are greatly increased.
The Weatherdock Inc. located in Nuremberg, has taken up a major problem on shipping: the effective and simple rescue of a man over board person. So far, it is very difficult to determine the exact position of the victim, just sustainably, to launch a successful rescue. Today's life-saving equipment will range from "lookout" on lifebuoy to so-called electronic beacons (EPIRB). In all these systems, the current position of the victim was no longer covered by "his mother ship". That makes a quick rescue difficult or even impossible.
The just mentioned disadvantages are eliminated with a new system developed by Weatherdock.
The easyRESCUE sends the position data of the castaways on a standard FM radio frequencies with standardized data: the AIS data. AIS is an internationally valid standard, which transmits the current position of the transmitter, speed and other data. Novel about this rescue-system is that using a commercially available navigation device (plotter) or a PC and the associated AIS receiver location data from the easyRESCUE can be received and even will be displayed as a marker on the chart.
Compared to today's solutions are thus several advantages: First, all vessels with AIS receivers can be involved in the rescue operation. Furthermore the rescue can be started without waiting for intervention by the Coast Guard. Hence the easy-RESCUE is a huge potential for growth when it comes to the successful rescue of victim.
The easyRESCUE is issued and presented to the interested public at the booth of Weatherdock Inc. on the int. boat trade fair BOOT in Duesseldorf from January 21. to 31. 2010. According to expert reports on his board speaker Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, in addition to the easyRESCUE other new products will be presented at the Weatherdock both in hall 11 – B27.