McMurdo increases marine safety with u-blox GPS

R10 and S10 beacons provide rapid location and recovery in man-overboard situations

Thalwil, (PresseBox) - u?blox, the Swiss positioning and wireless chip and module company, is pleased to announce that McMurdo Ltd, a leading provider of emergency location beacons, has chosen u-blox as its supplier of GPS receiver modules for its SafeLink R10 and Smartfind S10 marine safety beacons.

"Our waterproof and compact AIS beacons can make all the difference when an individual is in difficulty at sea. The chances of being located and retrieved are greatly increased thanks to their ability to transmit both AIS and GPS data to the vessel the individual has come from, as well as to other AIS equipped vessels within a 4 mile radius," said James Turner, McMurdo Product Manager, "for this extremely important application, sensitivity, power consumption and reliability is of utmost importance. That is why we continue to rely on u-blox for their advanced GPS receiver technology."

"We are pleased to be a long-time positioning partner of McMurdo Ltd for their cutting-edge marine safety equipment" said Huub Robroek, Area Sales Manager at u?blox, "this type of application demands the highest performance, highest-quality GPS receiver. It really underscores the advantages of our industry leading positioning technology."

The handheld S10 and life-jacket mounted R10 can be activated when urgent assistance is needed. They transmit target survivor information for 24 hours to nearby vessels, including both GPS location and tidal drift. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services for identifying and locating vessels. By transmitting position and heading data over 2 parallel systems, potential rescuers have all the information they require to carry out swift retrieval of an individual. Both beacons feature a flashing LED light to assist with visual fixing and night-time location.

Further information about Smartfind S10 can be found on the McMurdo website and the Kannad Marine website respectively.

For more information about u-blox' GPS chips and modules, visit www.u-blox.com

About McMurdo Ltd

McMurdo Ltd leads the way in the design and manufacture of emergency location beacons, including EPIRBs, PLBs and AIS Beacons. We manage every aspect of the business, from initial product design and engineering, on to production, sales and marketing, to customer service and repairs from our offices in Portsmouth in the South of England. We are proud to be the only manufacturer of all of these products based in the UK. All of our products are of the highest quality, made utilising the latest technology, and are sold via our McMurdo and Kannad Marine brands.

In November 2009 McMurdo Ltd joined the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris - FR0010501015 - ALORO) a high-technology group specializing in precise Positioning, Navigation and Timing. As part of the Orolia Group and in partnership with our French sister company Kannad SAS, McMurdo Ltd continues to make major developments in emergency location beacon technology. (http://www.mcmurdo.co.uk)

u-blox AG

u-blox (SIX: UBXN) is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u blox employs approximately 210 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)

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