The SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System), the first of its kind, a personal AIS (Automatic Identification System) device designed to be fitted to a lifejacket and assist in Man Overboard recovery.
The SafeLink R10 transmits target survivor information, including structured alert messages, GPS position information and a unique serialized identity number back to the onboard plotter*. An inbuilt high precision GPS receiver provides accurate position information to assist in quick recovery of survivors. It will transmit continuously for a minimum of 24 hours and has a 7 year battery storage life.
It also features a flashing LED indicator light; to aid detection at night and a self test facility with battery use indication.
How SafeLink R10 SRS Works
SafeLink R10 SRS must be mounted on a lifejacket using the attachment clips provided, prior to going to sea
R10 SRS is activated manually in an emergency situation
A unique emergency alert is transmitted to all AIS receivers and AIS enabled chart plotters within a 4 mile radius (typical)
An AIS SAR emergency icon signals the requirement for urgent help in a Man Overboard situation.
Precise target survivor information including GPS position becomes viewable when the chart plotter* cursor is positioned over the emergency alert icon Provides exact location, range and bearing to locate person(s) in need of assistance.
The SafeLink R10 SRS can be manually activated in two easy steps; when installed in the lifejacket the orange safety tab should be released, this ‘arms’ the R10 ready for use. To use, first inflate the lifejacket. When it is inflated, pull the orange tab downwards to pull the red cap off the R10. This will deploy the antenna and automatically switch ON the R10 SRS.
If professionally* fitted to a lifejacket, the R10 SRS can become semi-automatic in operation; the action of the lifejacket inflating triggers the activation of the R10 SRS.
Automatic Activation Supported Lifejackets (PFDs)
Providing it is professionally fitted, by the lifejacket manufacturer or one of its authorized service centers, the R10 SRS can be made to activate when the lifejacket inflates. This makes the R10 SRS as automatic as the lifejacket, activating as a result of the lifejacket being inflated.
The lifejackets currently authorized are:
- Ocean Safety Kru XS
- Ocean Safety Kru Professional
- Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro
- Ocean Safety Kru Falcon
- Kadematic Nova 275 AHR
- Kadematic 275 AHR-BG
NOTE: Fitting to all other makes and models of lifejacket is at the owner’s discretion and should only be done for manual activation, as shown in the instructions supplied with the product.
|Environment||AIS message transmitted||Message 1 (UID, GPS position, SOG, COG, UTC) Message 14 (SART-ACTIVE or SART-TEST)|
|Sealing depth||Immersion to 5M (16.4ft)||GPS receiver|
|Operating temperature||-20°c to +55°c (-4°f to +131°f||GPS type||50 channel|
|Storage temperature||-30°c to +70°c (-22°f to +158°f||Antenna type||ceramic patch|
|Battery||GPS position update||every minute|
|Type||6v Lithium Metal||Physical|
|Replacement||By service center||Size (D*W*L)||27*47*124mm (1.1" * 1.6" * 4.7")|
|Use||logged by microcontroller||Weight||120g (4.23 oz)|
|AIS Transmitter||First Transmission||After 10 seconds (no GPS)|
|Frequency||AIS channel 1 -161.975MHz, AIS channel 2 - 162.025MHz||Range||4 nautical miles (typical)|
|Power||2W nominal||Secondary location||Flashing white LED|
|Transmit antenna||Sprung whip||Part Number:
Safelink R10 SRS retail pack
The West Advisor
The West Advisor articles have answered boaters' questions and provided solutions to boating problems for more than 20 years. West Marine has compiled one of the Web's most comprehensive collections of technical boating information articles.