Wescom Group New sMRT ALERT Man Overboard Now Available

Wescom Group New sMRT ALERT Man Overboard

Apr 30, 2024

Wescom group is delighted to announce that the first of its new series of distress beacons is now available worldwide* through its distributors and retailers. 
 
The sMRT ALERT AIS DSC Man Overboard device offers enhanced localised recovery with simplified fitting, faster activation and wearer acknowledgments.  It is the first in a series of new beacons produced at Wescom Group’s newly-opened manufacturing facility in Hull, UK. Previewed at METSTRADE in November, the sMRT ALERT’s user-focused safety features were recognised with a DAME Awards special mention accolade.
 
The sMRT ALERT’s innovative features include two-way signalling, real-time location tracking via AIS (Automatic Identification System) and uses DSC (Digital Selective Calling) to alert nearby vessels to the call for help.
 
The sMRT ALERT is also one of the first products on the market designed to meet the new Class M regulation ECC Decision (22)02, which will restrict AIS only MOB devices use of core AIS channels in certain countries from January 2025. Only class M devices such as the ALERT – those with GNSS and internal DSC receiver – will be compliant with the new regulations.
 
The sMRT ALERT also includes a beacon management app to connect the beacon to a smart phone, enabling users to check on activation status and the power reserves in the five-year battery.
 
Wescom Group CEO Ross Wilkinson stated:
 
“The Wescom product range is synonymous with high quality and reliability, and we are taking this dedication to marine safety into our newly launched electronics division. It’s fantastic to see the first of our new distress beacons leave the factory and we look forward to introducing the full range in the coming months.”
 
The sMRT ALERT costs from £270 RRP and is now available worldwide* through Wescom Group’s network of international distributors. 

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