Personal locator beacons save lives in emergencies
IMAGINE you are stranded; on a boat, in a car, astride a motorbike.
There has been an accident - instinctively, you reach for your mobile; but there is no service.
What happens next depends on two things - whether you do, or don’t, own a KTI Safety Alert personal locator beacon (PLB).
Without it, you are stranded - and must either find your own way out of trouble, or wait for a search party to arrive
With a PLB, you can switch it on and - regardless of how remote you are - get a signal out for help.
A PLB is the one device you truly need in any type of emergency.
Made by Kinetic Technology International Pty Ltd, a PLB works by communicating with the Cospas-Sarsat system, which incorporates an entire constellation of military grade satellites.
The satellites belong to several networks that each provides global coverage 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The PLB-satellite link is incredibly robust, designed to work reliably under the most demanding situations including thick cloud cover and heavy precipitation – even during hailstorms and heavy snowfall.
The Cospas-Sarsat system feeds emergency signals directly into the national Search and Rescue facility, eliminating the “middle man” pitfalls of other systems.
Unlike satellite phones, there are no commercial contracts or subscriptions - and the batteries last for years on standby without needing to recharge.
Put simply, a KTI Safety Alert PLB can save your life.
“Mobile telephones just don’t work when they are in black spots or out of cell tower range and of course, they are totally useless when the battery has run flat or when they’ve been damaged,” Kinetic Technology spokesman, Mark Knowles, said.
“A two-way radio is of little use if there is nobody else in range - and is often limited in hilly terrain.
“The other option is a satellite phone - these are bulky, heavy, very expensive, offer unreliable coverage and have limited battery reserve.
“They also require contracts, which cost money each month to maintain.”
Unlike other options, a KTI Safety Alert PLB is lightweight, can be worn on the arm and is, literally, the one thing that could save your life in an emergency situation.
With a built-in high power strobe light and an internal high performance GPS receiver, which can provide position updates every five minutes, the PLB is able to quickly and effectively deliver the wearer’s position to search crews.
The KTI Safety Alert PLB meets all requirements of the Australian Standard, including self-buoyancy if dropped in water; and is waterproof to a depth of three metres.
It features a swivel antenna to enable correct deployment in challenging environments, including use with a life vest in water.
It comes standard with a 10 year battery standby life, a 10 year warranty and best of all, is made right here in Australia.
The KTI Safety Alert PLB is supplied with a durable carry case, a lanyard with whistle and a mirror style reflector.
It weighs less than 140 grams and measures 88 x 64 x 31mm - and sells for less than $300.
So do yourself and your loved ones a favour and invest in your own safety; buy a KTI Safety Alert PLB today.
For your nearest stockist go to www.kti.com.au.
GET ONE BEFORE TAX TIME: Personal locator beacons, such as the KTI Safety Alert PLB, could be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.