Simrad has announced the launch of a brand new Search and Rescue Transponder, the SA50, thereby increasing its product range for the GMDSS safety market. Several key factors differentiate the SA50 from other SARTs already on the market, and it provides advantages in size, price, transportation, storage and operation.
The SA50 is unique due to its exceptionally small size. Through the use of sophisticated design and materials the SA50 is the smallest SART currently available. Its simple tubular shape and overall height of only 220mm make the SA50 ideal for pre-packing in life rafts. Additionally, it is very simple to arrange for the SART to be automatically activated when the life raft is deployed. The mandatory lanyard is neatly stowed in a spool on the base of the unit. A lightweight, telescopic mounting pole is available as an option.
All conventional SARTs use Lithium batteries, which are controlled by complex rules on transport by air, road or sea. By using innovative circuit design, the Simrad SA50 meets the operational requirements using a battery pack which is classified as non-hazardous. This means that the SART or replacement batteries can be shipped directly to the customer without any additional cost or paperwork, greatly reducing the cost of ownership.
The SA50 with the low cost of battery replacement taken into account considerably lowers the Simrad to revolutionise SART market cost of SART ownership for the ship owner.
Simrad is already an established name in the GMDSS safety market with its AXIS range of handheld VHF radios. Chosen by rescue institutions and armed forces throughout the world, the AXIS range not only fulfils SOLAS requirements but is also proven as one of the most reliable safety tools available to the mariner today. The SA50 is the perfect compliment to the AXIS range and highlights Simrad's position as a leading manufacturer of survival craft equipment to the marine industry.