ACR Electronics signs deal with British lifesaving service

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ACR Electronics said Wednesday that it was selected to provide personal locator beacons for the lifeboat crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The RNLI has an active fleet of more than 340 lifeboats that provide round-the-clock search-and-rescue service around the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from 236 stations with 4,600 lifeboat crew volunteers. The RNLI is a charity and works alongside government-controlled and funded coast guard services.

The RNLI selected ACR’s ResQLink personal locator beacon to keep its lifeboat crews safe. The ResQLink will be issued to all lifeboat crew members for fitment to their life jackets. The ResQLink transmits a 406-MHz distress signal with GPS positional data through the global Cospas-Sarsat satellite system to search-and-rescue forces worldwide.

“Carried out mainly by volunteers, the RNLI is an outstanding organization known for its dedication to lifesaving services. ACR shares a similar mission: designing and manufacturing products that have been saving lives worldwide not only in maritime, but also in the aviation and terrestrial markets, since 1956,” ACR Electronics CEO Michael Wilkerson said in a statement.

“For ACR to have an organization of lifesavers select one of our products for its quality and performance is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, who work vigorously to design and produce quality products, knowing they are used to save lives.”

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