In 2004, GME released the award-winning MT400 406 MHz EPIRB. Now some six years later, GME has upped the ante with the introduction of a remarkable and affordable, totally compliant Class 2 EPIRB with a fully-integrated 16 Channel GPS receiver.
A key benefit of a GPS-equipped EPIRB is faster detection by geo-stationary satellites, typically less than 10 minutes anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. Non-GPS beacons using low earth orbiting satellites can take up to two hours to detect an emergency signal, depending on the time of day and position.
The second important attribute of a GPS-equipped EPIRB like the MT406G is the accuracy of the beacon’s position; by transmitting latitude and longitudinal coordinates as part of the emergency message, search and rescue authorities can pinpoint the distress message down to 100m, as opposed to 5km with a standard non-GPS EPIRB. In a true emergency scenario, this combination of rapid alerting and a precise location could well be the difference between successful rescue and a family tragedy.