McMurdo Fast Find Ranger Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to be debuted at Outdoor Retailer

By AlpineZone News |
Aug 07 2012 - 12:55 PM

Portsmouth 01-08-12 – McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO) will be debuting the new Fast Find Ranger PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) to the US Outdoor market at ‘Outdoor Retailer’ taking place from 2nd – 5th August 2012 in Salt Lake City.

The ground breaking Fast Find Ranger is a stylish and versatile 406 MHz GPS emergency beacon providing a direct method of alerting the search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available. Designed specifically as a potential life saving device for all outdoor enthusiasts, the Ranger will be showcased on Booth PV337.

With GPS as standard to enable a typical position accuracy of +/-62m, the Ranger is a lightweight, compact device, designed to fit into small pockets or backpack compartments. It features new contemporary styling, with retro reflective detailing for improved visibility in low light, a six-year battery storage life and non-slip, impact resistant ruggedized casing providing ultimate protection in harsh outdoor environements.

Commenting on the launch of McMurdo’s new PLB, Global Sales Director of Orolia Positioning Division, Ross Wilkinson said: “Our Fast Find range of PLBs are widely recognized as essential safety devices by outdoor enthusiasts from mountaineers and adventurers to every day ramblers, and have been instrumental in a vast number of documented rescues world-wide. In 2010* alone 2,338 people were rescued globally using information provided by the COSPAS SARSAT system.

“We are excited to launch the new Fast Find Ranger, representing the next generation of our PLB range, with styling and usability enhancements as well as GPS as standard to offer even further peace of mind to all safety conscious adventurers.”

The Ranger provides a direct method of alerting the search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available, using the 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS SARSAT. As well as sending out a distress signal by satellite the Ranger also transmits a 121.5 MHz homing signal.

Waterproof to 10 metres and able to operate in temperatures as low as -4°, once activated, using a simple three-stage activation, the Ranger will transmit continuously for a minimum of 24 hours at a powerful 5 watt output. The beacon is also small in size weighing just 5.8oz and measuring 1.42” x 1.97” x 4.40”, and features a LED flash light to assist with rescues at night or during limited visibility.

The Fast Find Ranger PLB has no subscription charges and is available from $299 + TAX with lanyard and universal carry pouch included. For further information and a list of stockists, visit .


Notes to editors:

* The COSPAS SARSAT system is a global government-controlled system which defines a common standard for search and rescue by satellites. For further details visit 2010 figures are the last full year of figures currently announced.

About McMurdo

McMurdo is a world leading producer of Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), NAVTEX and VHF Radios for the maritime and leisure markets, including shipping, yachting, and outdoor adventure pursuits. The high quality product range is manufactured in the UK utilising the very latest technology available, and in partnership with the world’s safety regulatory organisations.

About Orolia SA

Orolia is a high-technology group specialized in precise Positioning, Navigation and Timing. Orolia provides high-precision electronics equipments that generate, distribute, measure and process the High-precision Time & Frequency signals that Critical Operations use to detect, trace, control, analyze or synchronize time and location-critical events. High-precision timing, positioning and synchronization solutions are vital for critical applications in growing markets such as Defense, Public Safety, and Telecom & Broadcasting in land, maritime, air or space environments. Since 2006, the Orolia group has been able to establish itself as one of the leaders in PNT solutions at a global level through its strong brands: Spectracom, SpectraTime, T4Science, McMurdo, Kannad Aviation, Kannad Marine integrated into two Customer-Focused Divisions : “Positioning” and “Timing, Test & Measurement”. Orolia’s headquarters are located in Les Ulis, (France). The company also has main offices in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Rochester (New York), Basingstoke (UK), Portsmouth (UK) and Guidel (France). (France). Orolia has both OSEO “Innovative Company” & “OSEO Excellence” Labels and wins the Bold Creativity Prize (2010) and the Deloitte 1st Prize in aeronautical sector at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 annual award (2011).