Fort Lauderdale-based safety and survival specialist ACR Electronics has a new man overboard alarm system for cruisers and boaters that uses 5.0 Bluetooth technology.
The ACR OLAS (Overboard Location Alert System) includes the ACR OLAS Tag and ACR OLAS Float-On, worn by users to connect with the free iOS and Android ACR OLAS app on their smartphone or tablet.
According to the company, the OLAS Tag is compact and versatile, with a silicone strap that can be fitted on crew, children or animals. The OLAS Float-On is a water-activated USB rechargeable torch that attaches to a life jacket.
Once the “virtual tether” between the OLAS system and either device is broken, the OLAS mobile app will emit an alarm and light signal, record the time and GPS location of the incident, illustrate the direction and course to return to the alert GPS location and advise on VHF Mayday Call using pre-set vessel information.
Up to six Tags or Float-Ons can be connected to one phone or tablet, and one OLAS device can be connected to multiple phones or tablets.
The ACR platform also features the ACR OLAS Core Base Station and ACR OLAS Guardian, a wireless engine kill switch.The ACR OLAS Extender is a further option that can be added to increase the range of the OLAS MOB systems on larger boats.