Per­sonal lo­ca­tor bea­cons save lives in emer­gen­cies

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FARM SAFETY -

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.

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