ACR Electronics ResQLink View Personal Locator Beacon Receives DAME Design Honour

ACR Electronics’ next-generation ResQLink™ View Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) has received a ‘Special Mention’ in the DAME Design Awards in the ‘Lifesaving and Safety’ Category at this year’s METSTRADE.

The ACR Electronics PLB was announced as one of the winning products at the METSTRADE 2019 Breakfast Briefing in RAI Amsterdam following judgement by a panel of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers, plus user experts.

The ResQLink View is the first and only buoyant PLB designed using real-life survivor feedback. Providing a trusted and affordable link to rescue in a life-threatening situation, the new PLB introduces user-friendly design innovations and adds enhanced functionality. Incorporating ACR’s Optical Display Technology for even more reassurance and peace of mind, the ResQLink View’s screen displays all the beacon’s operational activities, including GPS coordinates, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts, as well as battery power.

Mikele D’Arcangelo, Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management for ACR Electronics, said: “We are delighted that the DAME jury has recognized the innovations and technology incorporated in our new ResQLink View PLB. Most importantly, we are proud that this advanced solution is available to more of our customers, so that it can save more lives and aid the rescue services in locating and helping casualties.”

Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, the new ResQLink beacons feature a protected activation button located away from the test button, multiple wearable mounting options including a belt clip and oral inflation clip for easy access in an emergency, and an easier-to-release antenna enclosure. The PLBs also include a new infra-red strobe light in addition to the ultra-bright strobe light to assist rescue crews using night vision goggles. All the new design changes were suggested by ACR Electronics SurvivorClub members.

The new ResQLink series also incorporate a multi-constellation receiver utilising both the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) as well as the GPS Satellite network for faster location and improved accuracy.

The DAME Design Award is the most significant marine equipment competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. For 29 years, it has focused attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging. This year, winners were named in all categories and 17 received Special Mentions

The ResQLink View is on display at METSTRADE in the I-nnovationLAB, within a special DAME 2019 presentation.

For more information, visit ACR Electronics during METSTRADE on Stand 03.131 or go to www.acrartex.com.